The Portland Cement Association honors five public officials from across the nation with the Sustainable Leadership Award. Now in the third year, the award honors those who enact innovative policies and initiate projects in their communities that exemplify creativity, best practices and responsible stewardship of public funds using concrete and cement-based products.
“PCA and its member companies are committed to sustainable development and environmental stewardship. For us, sustainability is a key element in the way we do business,” says PCA President and CEO Brian McCarthy.
“We are pleased to recognize leaders who choose concrete or cement-based products and use them in a sustainable fashion to provide environmental and cost-saving benefits for their communities. As demand for paving and other infrastructure increases, our government leaders have important roles to play as we determine how to best meet the development needs while protecting and sustaining the environment for future generations.”
The sustainable policy category honors those who initiate or implement policies that reflect an ongoing commitment to sustainability in the communities they serve. Ariel Soriano and Henry Hawkins III were winners. Soriano is an engineering manager for Chattanooga, Tenn. Soriano implemented policies that use a multitude of methods that employ concrete and cement products for sustainable development including roller compacted concrete, full‐depth reclamation with cement and pervious concrete. Hawkins is county engineer for Chambers County, Ala.
Hawkins spearheaded policies that advance the use of full-depth reclamation with Portland cement for the purposes of sustainable rehabilitation of roadways and responsible use of public funds. The infrastructure category honors those who demonstrate initiative by using cement or cement-based products for sustainable development in infrastructure projects.
The winners were the Environmental Protection Agency, Jeff Hackbart, and Jim McQueen. EPA’s Water Supply and Resources Division oversaw the construction of a 43,000-square-foot, 110-car parking lot using three different types of permeable pavement--for comparative performance assessment – at the US EPA National Risk Management Laboratory in Edison, N.J. Hackbart is director of public works/city engineer for Frankfort, Ky. His department used pervious concrete to construct a 10,000-square-foot parking lot as a solution to drainage issues and to prevent waterway pollution. McQueen is chief construction manager for the Port of Houston Authority. Roller compacted concrete was used to construct sustainable, durable and lasting pavements at the Port of Houston.