Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2016 - (Page 23)
The first in a series of articles to help you create a sustainability program
By Heather Dylla, Ph.D., and Martha K. Silver
n the past two years, NAPA, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration has
held record-breaking asphalt sustainability conferences for industry professionals that have
eagerly looked for new and innovative opportunities in asphalt sustainability. In addition
to this group of attendees, there were also those who were just beginning to create their
companies' sustainability programs and were looking for more basic information.
To meet this need, Asphalt Pavement magazine is
publishing a series of articles to help asphalt producers
launch and grow their own sustainability programs.
Throughout 2016, the magazine will publish an article in
each issue, focusing on another step in the process.
This first article focuses on why asphalt producers need to
get up to speed on sustainability and develop a program, what
a company must commit to launch a successful program, and
what to expect in the short- and long-term future.
What is Driving Sustainability for
the Asphalt Pavement Industry?
Asphalt contractors have used sustainable practices, such
as reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), porous asphalt
Creating a Sustainability Program is a five-part series of
articles that will provide a basic outline of best practices
companies should follow when planning and deploying a
May/June: Corporate Values
for stormwater management, and warm-mix asphalt
technologies, for decades; however, these practices were not
always viewed as part of an overall sustainability program.
Now, the asphalt industry recognizes the need for asphalt
mix producers to strategically manage and highlight their
sustainability efforts to ensure they fully meet the needs of
their customers and communities. Not only are road owners
and agencies making sustainability part of their mission
statements and looking to contractors to help them fulfill
the mission, government policies are being written that put
added pressure on these agencies to ensure they are actively
promoting sustainability. These policies include:
* The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires
the U.S. General Services Administration to evaluate and
recommend green building certification systems to assess
progress made towards agencies' missions and goals. As
a result, federal agencies must use one of two green rating
systems for construction projects, U.S. Green Building
Council's LEED (2009) or the Green Building Initiative Green
Globes (2010). Visit a summary of the Energy Independence
and Security Act of 2007 on the Environmental Protection
Agency's (EPA) website at http://goaspha.lt/1JrzxoS/.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2016
Meet the Chairman
Build Your Sustainable Future
NAPA Quality in Construction Awards High Scores, Smooth Rides
Airstrip Overlay Proves Army Strong
Paved Routes to Success
Quality in Construction Award Winners
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - March/April 2016