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sustainability Responsible Sourcing for Concrete Tien Peng T he construction industry has a major effect on sustainable development. Not only does it have some of the biggest direct impacts on water, resources, land use and greenhouse gas emissions, it also has indirect effects on the environment through transportation infrastructure, energy use and even public health. Of course, construction is also a major contributor to the overall growth of our economy. Consequently, consumers and specifiers are demanding more responsibility from the materials used in the construction of our buildings and cities. Concrete companies are now competing more hotly for specifiers' attention when it comes to matters such as green building products. The public is getting smarter, and businesses in the growing green building marketplace need to proactively provide assurances that ingredients are locally sourced and do not harm the environment. Drivers of Responsible Sourcing Responsible sourcing is a holistic approach to the sustainable assessment of materials. It considers a wide range of sustainability issues across the entire material supply chain, encompassing various elements of resource stewardship, corporate responsibility and procurement practices. A large portion of a company's efforts toward sustainable manufacturing happens behind the scenes. For many companies, the largest opportunity for improving sustainability is through management of its supply chain. The timber industry was the first materials industry to take responsibility for its supply chain. In 1993, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international not forprofit, multi-stakeholder organization, was established to promote responsible management of the world's forests. Blindsided by the universal appeal of the certification, the North American timber industry responded in 1994 with the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program, launched by the American Forest and Paper Association. Unfortunately, the validity of the industry program has been questioned ever since, and despite vigorous efforts to be included, SFI concrete INFOCUS ı 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Concrete inFocus - Spring 2014

Emergence of Compressed Natural Gas
MMC Materials Converts to Compressed Natural Gas
Fuel Saving Tips from Coast to Coast
Responsible Sourcing for Concrete
NRMCA Services and Tools
Index of Advertisers
Corporate Suite
Concrete Mixer Trucks and the Environment: Get the Connection?
Pavement Roughness and Fuel Consumption
CEMEX ‘Job-Safe’ Program Wins NRMCA 2013 Innovation in Training Award

Concrete inFocus - Spring 2014