Throughout the United States, concrete contractors are going green by using recycled concrete and reinforcing steel, sorting construction waste, and taking advantage of eco-friendly products that both reduce construction time and help the planet. Contractors are collaborating with other members of the construction team to employ new practices to create sustainable structures. With the green movement proving to be more reality and less fad, companies are implementing sustainable methods and materials in nearly every area of construction. Advances in decorative concrete are eliminating the need to apply additional flooring material and concrete innovations, such as pervious concrete, are helping to prevent stormwater runoff.

To encourage these sustainable construction practices, and to honor the concrete community's innovative green building techniques, Concrete Construction and our sister publication, The Concrete Producer, have held the second annual GreenSite Projects of the Year contest. This contest recognizes sustainable building practices that strengthen the role of concrete in creating long-lasting, eco-friendly structures.

A project was chosen as CC's best of 2009 in each of the following categories: Best Landscaping Project, Best Industrial Project, and Best Transportation Project.

BEST LANDSCAPING PROJECT  The Harold D. Rider Family Media, Science & Fine Arts Center, Elgin Academy of Elgin, Ill.

BEST TRANSPORTATION PROJECT  Glendale Park & Ride, Glendale, Ariz.

BEST INDUSTRIAL PROJECT  Denver Maintenance Building, Denver, Pa.