Lafarge’s Buffenbarger chairs Concrete Joint Sustainability Initiative

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

A coalition of industry institutes and associations representing individuals and companies that design, fabricate, construct, or maintain concrete structures, the Concrete Joint Sustainability Initiative (CJSI) has appointed Lafarge Construction Specialist Julie Buffenbarger as chair, plus Portland Cement Association CEO James Toscas and ACI Director of Sustainability and Marketing Kevin Mlutkowski as vice chairs, focusing on advocacy and operations, respectively.


Buffenbarger will leverage her knowledge of concrete to increase educational opportunities and build partnerships highlighting the sustainable, durable, and resilient benefits of concrete design and construction. LEED AP BD+C accredited, she is an ACI Fellow and chairs the Institute’s Sustainability of Concrete technical committee.

“Concrete is the foundation of resilience [and] provides countless solutions to building green, energy-efficient, durable, and secure buildings and infrastructure in our communities,” she affirms. “Through the Concrete Joint Sustainability Initiative, we work to increase awareness, outreach and education so that the role and charge of concrete in resilient and sustainable development is understood globally.”

As vice chair of advocacy, Toscas will target public policy, laws, and budgets to educate government officials and the public about the role of concrete in sustainable and resilient construction. As vice chair of operations, LEED AP BD+C-accredited Mlutkowski will oversee CJSI day-to-day administrative, strategic and educational efforts.