Walking for Sustainability
At the NRMCA Concrete Sustainability Conference held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in August, the RMC Foundation sponsored the first ever Walk for Sustainability. This event featured 50 walkers touring the MIT campus starting at 6 a.m. to help raise awareness and a few dollars for the Foundation. About $5000 was contributed by the early-risers and their supporters. The Sustainability Conference was followed the next day by the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub’s (CSH) Industry Day, where researchers presented the results of two years of efforts to nearly 1000 industry representatives. John Ochsendorf described efforts to create “bulletproof” life-cycle assessments showing the advantages of building and paving with concrete. Prof. Krystyn Van Vliet then discussed the scientific work being done at the CSH, which focuses on concrete nanotechnology. These are some very smart people doing remarkable work on behalf of our industry. For more info, go to http://web.mit.edu/cshub.
Concrete Foundation Association Conference
One might expect the tone at a meeting of U.S. residential concrete foundation contractors to be somber, given the sad state of residential construction over the past couple of years. So it was surprising to learn that most contractors at the August CFA meeting were busy. They were happy and had work—a change from last year. Discussion focused on profit margins being so low, making it difficult to replace equipment and keep up with changes in technology. Also discussed was a new OSHA ruling that rescinds the exemption that allowed contractors to walk on top of residential forming systems. This impacts the entire foundation industry. The CFA is working to develop an “Alternate Fall Protection Plan” to address the ruling. —Joe Nasvik
2012 CIM Auction
For the past six years, the auction held at the World of Concrete as a fundraiser for the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program has raised more than $2 million. The 2012 version of the auction is gearing up and is looking for contributions, such as equipment, tools, tickets, sports memorabilia, vacations—almost anything! The auction is a major contributor to the CIM program, keeping it strong and growing. If you have an auction item to contribute, contact CIM auction committee chairman Peter Brewin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-693-6669.
Events planned for World of Concrete 2012 are being finalized. Keep an eye on this column or our e-newsletter Concrete Construction Industry Update for the latest updates.
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