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2015 Asphalt Sustainability The brightest ideas from sustainability's frontier By Martha K. Silver F ollowing the success of the 2014 Asphalt Sustainability Conference in New Orleans, NAPA once again partnered with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to build on the knowledge at the 2015 Asphalt Sustainability Conference West in Portland, Ore. Breaking previous attendance records, nearly 140 contractors, construction managers, environmental managers, DOT staff, engineers, pavement designers, researchers, academics, students, and sustainability product and service providers came together adding to their understanding about sustainability, learning what reallife operations contractors with sustainability goals follow, and what is coming next in asphalt sustainability. The one-and-a-half day conference featured three half-day themes: Building on Sustainability, Sustainability in Practice for the Asphalt Industry, and Measuring the Sustainability of Asphalt. Following each theme, attendees grouped together for "Think, Pair, Share," where participants grouped together to network, discuss topics from the theme, and develop questions for the speakers' panel. Each "Think, Pair, Share" reaped engaging discussions and thoughtprovoking questions for the speakers to answer. The FHWA sponsored scholarships for state department of transportation staff to attend the Asphalt Sustainability West Conference. This year, 11 DOT attendees were able to participate in the conference thanks to FHWA. Opening Remarks NAPA Chairman Michael Cote of The Lane Construction Corp. kicked off the conference with a presentation on sustainable development, hard numbers illustrating environmental concerns around the globe that hit home for attendees, and the importance of incorporating sustainability principles into everyday business operations. Cote's global view included his recent travels to Japan and South Africa to share discussions on asphalt, including the use of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and other sustainability issues, with international colleagues. Keynote Address As a policy advisor to former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson spearheaded the Oregon State Department of Transportation sustainability program before her move to Washington state. She noted that the transportation industry doesn't exist to build roads and rails; it exists to move people and goods, linking that goal to a sustainability plan for transportation and infrastructure. Peterson also reflected on the need to re-evaluate legacy procedures and requirements in road building to determine if those rules are still relevant and reflect good common sense. Theme 1: Building on Sustainability This theme addressed what it means to be sustainable, why it is important to include sustainability 18 * View past issues online at WSDOT Secretary Lynn Peterson keynoted conference. as a means to remain competitive, and how our foundation of asphalt sustainability is setting the stage for our industry's future. FHWA Sustainable Pavements and Technology Federal Highway Administration Team Leader for Pavement Design and Analyses Gina Ahlstrom walked attendees through the development of the FHWA Sustainable Pavements program, the tools and benefits of its "Toward Sustainable Pavement Systems: A Reference Document," and resources found on the program's website. Ahlstrom pointed out that as an emerging field no single activity makes pavements sustainable, that opportunities for sustainability exist throughout

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - January/February 2016

Chairman’s Commentary
Industry News
NAPA Asphalt Sustainability Conference Wrap-Up
An Update of the NAPA EPD Program
How Sustainability Rating Systems Address Asphalt Pavements
Corporate Sustainability Reports
World of Asphalt 2016 Preview
Index of Advertisers/

Asphalt Pavement Magazine - January/February 2016