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Sourcing for Concrete
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.
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
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
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