Increased interest in green highways is a natural extension of the fast-growing green building movement in construction. A new “Green Roads Summit” at ConExpo-Con/AGG 2011 will offer attendees ready-to apply green construction techniques and the latest environmental information affecting job sites, including green roads programs.
The daylong event, which includes a closing reception, is March 24, 2011, and is open to all show attendees.
The Green Roads Summit is a collaboration between ConExpo-Con/AGG and Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA), U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
Also participating are industry experts from groups including Maryland State Highway Administration, New York Department of Transportation, American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), Diesel Technology Forum, National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and Rubber Pavements Association
“Sustainability is an issue that transcends national borders, so attendees from the United States as well as worldwide will find the topics of interest. It’s a great opportunity for attendees to meet with leaders in this emerging area to discuss current and future best practices,” stated William Turley, executive director of CMRA.
Kicking off the event is Steven Van Beek of the ENO Foundation for Transportation, talking on “Climate Change, Sustainable Transportation and Economic Competitiveness.” Emerging trends in sustainability is the focus of the summit’s morning general sessions, including FHWA’s sustainable highway criteria tool and pilot projects.
Afternoon breakouts will cover a variety of topics related to recycling and reuse, stormwater management and climate/air issues.
Recycling/Reuse breakouts will discuss use of industrial byproducts in pavements, recycled asphalt pavement, scrap tires in rubberized asphalt, in-place concrete and asphalt pavement recycling and two-lift concrete construction with recycled concrete.
Stormwater Management breakouts will focus on watershed-based stormwater management, low-impact development processes/practices, performance/value of green infrastructure, and case studies of the Colorado stormwater excellence program and Maryland inter-county connector.
Climate/Air breakouts will cover achieving profitable and sustainable fleet operations, regulatory updates and a “clean diesel” retrofit case study.
For more information, visit the education section of the show Web site, www.conexpoconagg.com .