The “International Symposium on Pavement, Roadway, and Bridge Life Cycle Assessment 2020” will be held in Sacramento, CA, on June 3-6.

The conference focuses on the important and timely topic of life cycle assessment–the ‘cradle-to-grave’ determination of environmental impacts of a product’s life–and its role in pavement, roadway and bridge construction. Hosted by the University of California (Davis/Berkeley) and the National Center for Sustainable Transportation at UC/Davis, the symposium will feature keynote speakers, technical paper presentations, panel discussions and poster sessions.

Keynote speakers for the three-day event include: 

  • (Thursday) Dr. Arpad Horvath of UC Berkeley, Tom Harman of the FHWA, and Sergio Aceves of Caltrans;
  • (Friday) Dr. Alissa Kendall of UC Davis, and Lew Fulton, Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways, ITS-Davis; and 
  • (Saturday) Ezra Khan, US EPA.

The formal program is still being developed, but scheduled topics thus far include cement (and asphalt) industry perspectives; product category rules (PCRs) and environmental product declarations (EPDs)*; and other topics important to sustainability best practices. 

Click here to for additional information and to register for the event. The Symposium is supported by several universities and university-seated transportation centers; TRB; the FHWA; and associations, including ACPA, IGGA (an ACPA technology partner), ISCP; NRMCA; Southwest Concrete Pavement Association (an ACPA promotion partner); and California/Nevada Cement Association (an ACPA Association Member).

* ASTM describes product category rules (PCRs) as specific rules, requirements, and guidelines, for developing environmental declarations for one or more products that can fulfill equivalent functions. PCRs determine what information should be gathered and how that information should be evaluated for an environmental declaration. Environmental product declarations (EPDs) provides quantifiable environmental data to compare products that fulfill the same function. In order to create comparable EPDs, they must follow the rules and guidelines called for in the associated PCR.