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The FHWA Sustainable Pavements Program P avement sustainability can be viewed somewhat differently through the lens of each stakeholder. Pavement designers have one set of priorities, environmentalists another. When many different groups at the FHWA began to discuss sustainability, it became apparent that these divergent groups needed to come together and work together to create the best possible outcomes for pavement sustainability. In 2010, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Infrastructure established a Sustainable Pavements Program. The goal of this program is to increase the body of knowledge regarding the sustainability of pavements and pavement materials, and to increase the use of related sustainable technologies and practices. This program is comprehensive, and it considers asphalt and concrete materials, as well as other materials used in pavement systems. To bring together these competing stakeholder groups, the Sustainable Pavement Technical Working Group (SP TWG) was formed. It is composed of State DOTs, other public agencies, industry, and academia representing asphalt and concrete perspectives. It is important that these key FHWA stakeholders discuss sustainability, which is relevant to all pavements. Research needs for A unified approach to guide the future of highway pavement sustainability By Gina Ahlstrom sustainable pavements; technologies, such as warm-mix asphalt; rating systems; quantification of pavement sustainability; and the pavement use phase are discussed. In addition to the 20 members of the SP TWG, FHWA maintains a listing of friends of the SP TWG, which has reached more than 200 individuals. The SP TWG meetings are beneficial for learning about different pavement sustainability approaches and to allow diverse stakeholders to share their perspectives. Technical Pavement Sustainability Guidance for Practicing Engineers A key program area is to educate practicing engineers on the subject of pavement sustainability. One effort toward this goal is the development of a reference document to provide technical guidance on pavement sustainability. The target audience for the document is state DOT practitioners and other key pavement stakeholders, such as local agencies, consultants, contractors, and industry. The document discusses the pavement life cycle from materials, design, construction, preservation, and maintenance, to end-of-life. The document, entitled "Towards Sustainable Pavement Systems: A Reference Document" has undergone a thorough review from continued on page 36 The Sustainable Pavements Technical Working Group meeting in Madison, Wis., June 2013 Asphalt Pavement Magazine - January/February 2015 * 35

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - January/February 2015

Chairman’s Commentary
Industry News
PaveXpress: A Simplified Pavement Design Tool
Sustainability Section NAPA’s Asphalt Sustainability Conference
The Federal Highway Administration Sustainable Pavements Program
Environmental Product Declarations in the Sustainable Marketplace
Examining the Use of Reflective Pavements to Mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect
Pavement Vehicle Interaction and Smooth Asphalt Pavement
The NAPA Diamond Achievement Sustainable
Beyond Compliance: Achieving EH&S Excellence
A World of Asphalt Preview Section the World of Asphalt Education Program: Laying the Base for Innovation
Tools for the Trade
Industry Events
Index of Advertisers/

Asphalt Pavement Magazine - January/February 2015