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Specialization in Asphalt Sustainability Implementation

Webinar Series: Specialization in Asphalt Sustainability Implementation


Could your company's sustainability efforts use a boost? Participate in this ten-part webinar series, Specialization in Asphalt Sustainability Implementation, endorsed by the NAPA Sustainability Committee, to move your company's sustainability program forward. Participants completing the program will also receive a certificate in achievement in sustainability and recognition at the NAPA 2017 Annual Meeting during the Sustainability Committee meeting, as well as 15 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).


The Specialization in Asphalt Sustainability Implementation webinar series will prepare participants to improve sustainability practices in the workplace, and strategically communicate those efforts to improve employee morale and gain customer trust. Series curriculum is organized around three over-arching sustainability themes: Drivers, Opportunities, and Tools.


  • Drivers: A special webinar session covering unique and timely drivers that make NOW the time for your company to be a smart business by becoming a more sustainable business.
  • Opportunities: Four webinar sessions on porous pavements, recycled materials, ground tire rubber and sustainable plant operations that can make sustainability a business savvy proposition for your company.
  • Tools: Five webinar sessions on sustainability tools that give your company greater credibility, enhance the value of your sustainability efforts, make it easier to communicate those efforts to stakeholders, and turn piece-meal sustainability practices into a streamlined program.


Topics in the ten-part series include:


Drivers — Legislative, Regulatory and Market
Developing and implementing a sustainability program for an asphalt production facility is about more than the environment. Sustainable operations are efficient operations that differentiate themselves from competitors in the eyes of regulators and customers. With the passage of the FAST Act last year, local governments, who tend to be more proactive in implementing sustainable practices, will gain greater control over some of the projects being funded. In addition, green rating systems are increasingly being used to gauge construction project sustainability. The confluence of legislative, regulatory, and market concerns increase the pressure for asphalt pavement producers to understand and quantify the sustainability of their operations and NAPA is here to help.

This session will discuss:

  • What national performance measures are under development that are based on environmental impact information;
  • How LEED and other green rating systems will be used to influence pavement type selection;
  • How the current Administration plans to rapidly deploy innovative technologies that address environmental sustainability; and
  • What is in NAPA's proactive plan to address these issues to meet the needs of the asphalt pavement industry.

Date: Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2016, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Speakers: Jay Hansen, Executive Vice President, NAPA; Ashley Jackson, Manager of Government Affairs Programs, NAPA; and Heather Dylla, Director of Sustainable Engineering, NAPA.


Opportunities — Design, Construction and Maintenance of Porous Pavements
Porous asphalt pavements are a multi-functional, low impact development (LID) technology. Not only do they provide pavements for parking and roads, they are designed to manage and treat stormwater runoff. With proper design and installation, porous asphalt pavements can provide a cost-effective solution for stormwater management in an environmentally friendly way. Other major benefits of porous asphalt pavements include: reduced noise; increased wet weather friction and visibility; and reduced stormwater temperatures before discharge. Attendees will learn when to use porous pavements to maximize their benefits, be given guidance on mix design and proper construction techniques, and be provided lessons learned from a Lake George, NY case study.

This session will discuss:

  • What options porous pavement provides to meet projects' stormwater management and cool pavement goals.
  • How to construction and maintain porous asphalt pavements.
  • How to design and specify porous asphalt pavements.

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Speakers: Tom Baird, P.E., CPESC, Associate, Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C; Heather Dylla, Director of Sustainable Engineering, NAPA; Kent Hansen Director of Engineering, NAPA


Opportunities — Recycled Materials: Ground Tire Rubber
Scrap tire use in asphalt pavements is one of the oldest sustainability practices in the asphalt pavements and materials engineering community; however, there is still significant confusion on the part of the industry and user agencies when it comes to the use of scrap tires in pavement mixes. There are a wide variety of technologies, processes, and commercial products that are encompassed by the term "asphalt rubber." Learn about the various methods used to incorporate scrap tires in pavements, and understand how one contractor saved money by using GTR as an additive to modify lesser performance grade (PG) liquid asphalt while achieving properties of polymer modified asphalt and meeting the agency's specifications.

This session will discuss:

  • Understand the different practices to modify liquid asphalt using scrap tires.
  • Gain first-hand knowledge on how to invest in your plant and begin the practice of using crumb rubber.
  • Learn about the possible economic, environmental, social, and quality benefits associated with practicing sustainability through the use of crumb rubber to modify performance grade liquid asphalt.

Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Speakers: Barry Nunez, Quality Control Manager, Diamond B Construction Co., and Dr. Carolina Rodezno, Assistant Research Professor, National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University.


Opportunities — Recycled Materials: RAP and RAS
The asphalt pavement industry has long benefited from using recycled materials such as reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and recycled asphalt shingles (RAS) to supplement costly virgin materials. When used properly, these recycling practices not only offer economic benefits, but also offer social and environmental benefits without compromising performance. Although RAP is a 100-percent recyclable material, on average the U.S. only uses 20 percent. Partners such as Japan and others around the world have been able to use roughly more than 45 percent RAP. Since the 1980s, the asphalt industry has been using RAS; however, it has only been in the past decade that specifications have significantly progressed. Learn the latest developments in RAP and RAS best practices and agency specifications in order to produce high-quality pavements and what sustainable benefits can result.

Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Speakers: Randy West, Director, National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University, and Richard Willis, Director of Pavement Engineering and Innovation, NAPA.


Opportunities — Sustainable Plant Operations
Sustainability is about more than just ecological practices; it's about economic and social practices, too. Together, these three areas are the triple bottom line — the three pillars of sustainability. As best practices merge with sustainability, which is the mission of a growing number of agencies and road owners, it is important to make continuous improvements. The NAPA Diamond Achievement Sustainable Commendation builds on the continuous improvement NAPA members strive for and provides a blueprint for today's sustainable practices for asphalt plant operations.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to reduce costs through more sustainable operations.
  • Why environmental stewardship makes good business sense.

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016; 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Ron Sines, P.E., VP, Asphalt Performance, Oldcastle Materials


Tools — FHWA Sustainable Pavements Program LCA Framework

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) along with the U.S. Department of Transportation are committed to incorporating sustainability practices throughout the pavement life-cycle of a roadway. Awareness of the importance of environmental protection, and the possible impacts associated with the production, use, and retirement of products, has generated considerable interest in the use of assessment methods to better understand and address those impacts. FHWA’s Sustainable Pavements Program was created to reach these objectives through a variety of activities, including working groups with stakeholders from all aspects of a roadway pavement life-cycle. NAPA is partnering with FHWA to provide this webinar on the FHWA Sustainable Pavements Program. The program will be outlined and its latest published resource on assessment methods for environmental performance will be explained.

In this session, you will learn:

  • FHWA's ongoing Sustainable Pavements Program education efforts
  • Assessment methods for environmental performance
  • Future opportunities FHWA foresees that encourage greater sustainability practices

Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016; 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Monica Jurado, Pavement and Materials Engineer, FHWA Resource Center and John Harvey, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis


Tools — Green Rating Systems for Parking Lots and Neighborhood Developments — LEED and Greenglobes
More and more frequently, green rating systems are influencing who gets the job and what products are used. LEED and Green Globes are two green rating systems that NAPA contractors must know to gain traction in the Big Box store sustainable parking lot and neighborhood development marketplace.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Understand how LEED and Green Globes assess sustainability and their similarities/differences
  • Explain the recent advancements made to LEED and Green Globes
  • Identify the asphalt technologies and construction practices that meet LEED and Green Globes credit requirements

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016; 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Charles Kibert, Ph.D., P.E., Holland Professor, Powell Center for Construction & Environment, University of Florida; and Stuart Kaplow, Principal, Stuart D. Kaplow, P.A.


Tools — Green Rating Systems for Roads — Envision and Greenroads
Road owners and agencies are using green rating systems as a metric to report the sustainability of their own operations. Contractors who can deliver a green ratings-certified project provide added value. Learn what it takes to add green ratings systems to your roadbuilding repertoire. Come learn the newest revisions to Envision and Greenroads, and what sustainable asphalt technologies and construction practices can achieve credits.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Understand how Envision and Greenroads assess sustainability and their similarities/differences
  • Explain the recent advancements made to Envision and Greenroads
  • Identify the asphalt technologies and construction practices that meet Envision and Greenroads credit requirements

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2016; 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST
Speaker: Denise Nelson, VP for Public Education, Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure; and Jeralee Anderson, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP, Executive Director, Greenroads International


Tools — Creating a Successful Sustainability Program

Get an inside look at how a construction business puts sustainability to work. What goes into a sustainability and practicing transparency? What tools are available for approaching sustainability? How do you develop strategic short- and long-term plans for sustainability? These questions and more will be discussed as part of learning what factors compel a company to embrace green construction. This session will discuss:

In this session, you will learn:

  • How a commitment to sustainability can be documented, communicated, and demonstrated to create value for a company and its customers.
  • What are the elements of a sustainability plan and how do they evolve over time.
  • Examples of sustainability tools companies can use and implement.
  • The importance of sustainability and transparency for businesses today and into the future.

Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016; 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST
Speaker: Adam Hand, Ph.D., P.E., Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno


Tools — Environmental Product Declarations

More and more public agencies and private owners are looking to quantify the sustainability of their projects so they can share that information with their customers. Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) disclose the life-cycle environmental impact of a product. These eco-labels not only help communicate the environmental impact of products, but they also help decision-makers understand how they can improve environmental performance. EPDs are also commonly used in green construction rating systems such as LEED and Greenroads. Learn more about the benefits of EPDs and why they are important, what is happening in the state of Louisiana with EPDs, and about NAPA’s new EPD tool, the Emerald Eco-Label.


This webinar will discuss:

  • What the main market drivers are for EPDs.
  • How to obtain EPDs through the Emerald Eco-Label, NAPA’s EPD Program, and what tools are available to assist in their creation.
  • How EPDs will likely be used in the future and the competitive advantages associated with having an EPD.

Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017; 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST
Speakers: Tom Van Dam, Ph.D., P.E., Principal, NCE; and Heather Dylla, Ph.D., Sustainable Pavement Engineer, FHWA