Concrete Associations Unite in Joint Sustainability Initiative

Concrete Associations Unite in Joint Sustainability Initiative
Published: 27 April 2009

The Portland Cement Association (PCA), National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), American Concrete Institute (ACI), Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Concrete Masonry Association  and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute have signed a memorandum of understanding to align sustainable development activities.

“Today we are announcing a new way of thinking that will open channels of communications to involve and engage all industry segments,” said Aris Papadopoulos, vice chair of PCA and chair of its Sustainable Development Committee. 

“It’s a chance to bring together our diverse resources to focus on building sustainable housing, roads, schools and other structures.”
As a group, the organizations will concentrate on the sustainable development applications of all concrete structures, which it defines as all vertical and horizontal applications and concrete products. 

The memorandum outlines eight specific social values that these structures provide: resource efficiency, safety/protection, financial responsibility, operational continuity, longevity/durability, byproducts reduction, esthetics and societal connectivity.