ACPA recently released a white paper, “Concrete Pavement’s Role in a Sustainable, Resilient Future,” which synthesizes research on concrete pavement’s contributions to economic, environmental, and social sustainability. As part of our role in educating decision-makers who are involved in the placement and rehabilitation of roadway, highway, and airfield pavements, the ACPA has assembled this white paper to assist those decision-makers as they are challenged to meet ever-increasing levels of sustainability.
“Concrete Pavement’s Role in a Sustainable, Resilient Future’” provides an overview of sustainability and sustainability’s relationship to resilience. Because a system cannot be sustainable if it is not also resilient, pavements should be designed with a life cycle approach that contemplates pavement’s entire life span. Designing with life cycle in mind can help ensure pavements enhance all three categories of sustainability: economic, environmental, and social. Concrete is a material well-positioned to address the planet’s climate change considerations.
The report summarizes concrete pavement’s role in sustainability, including: