In recognition of yesterday’s funding announcement from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)—the Low-Carbon Transportation Materials (LCTM) grant program—the ACPA announced the formation of a supporting industry consortium, the Reduced Carbon Concrete Consortium (RC3). The ACPA, National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), and other qualified engineering professionals created RC3 in anticipation of the LCTM program, to help disseminate information on reducing carbon in the construction process and assisting DOTs and other qualifying entities with the LCTM application. RC3 is also available to provide technical assistance to DOTs and facilitate contractor preparedness with critical next steps such as Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

The ACPA will be developing and releasing various materials and offering specifications consultation, materials selection consultation, workshops, technical engineering support and other program advisement. The recently released CP Tech Center publication, Guide for Reducing the Cradle-to-Gate Embodied Carbon Emissions of Paving Concrete, is already available to help agencies reduce the environmental impacts incurred during the production of paving concrete before it leaves the concrete plant. Leadership of RC3 includes Thomas J. Van Dam, PH.D., P.E., FACI, LEED AP, Principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner (WJE); Lawrence L. Sutter, PH.D., P.E., FASTM, FACI, Principal at Sutter Engineering LLC; ACPA and CP Tech Center.

Details on the FHWA and US DOT announcement can be viewed on their website.