The Industrial Resources Council and FHWA were pleased to partner with North Carolina DOT, the Institute for Transportation and Education (ITRE) at North Carolina State University, and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) on a workshop to expand the use of sustainable industrial materials in highway projects in the Southeast.
The North Carolina Sustainable Roadway Materials Workshop was held on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the McKimmon Center for Extension & Continuing Education on the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. PDH's were available for P.E.'s through the efforts of NCDOT.
On Thursday, September 18, 2014, also at the McKimmon Center, the IRC and NCDENR partnered with North Carolina State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to present a Sustainable Soils Forum. Construction managers were invited to attend that forum as well. Sessions of interest included stormwater BMP's, using industrial materials for substrates in soil manufacturing, rain gardens and swales, and mulch certification programs. Details may be accessed by CLICKING HERE.
NC DOT has a robust recycling program and has been a leader in expanding the use of industrial materials in highway and roadway projects. This day-long workshop included a combination of technical case studies and facilitated roundtable discussions. The FHWA NC division adminstrator described FHWA's recycling policy, while NC DOT's Chief Engineer discussed the agency's recycling and reuse programs. The IRC described its on-line tool, the Industrial Materials Matrix, as well as other tools and resources for engineers and contractors that help to match locally available materials to roadway applications. Highway engineers, material suppliers and contractors presented case studies describing specific projects using target materials. The roundtable discussions identified barriers and knowledge gaps as well as opportunities for future technology transfer in the southeastern states.