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FEB 2017

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www.concreteproducts.com February 2017 • 33 NEWS SCOPE ORGANIZATIONS The World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Geneva-based Cement Sustain- ability Initiative (CSI), along with partners from the Americas, Europe and Asia, has launched a responsibility sourcing certification system for concrete. The Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC), a CSI counterpart chartered in November 2016, is crafting the system to concrete, cement and aggregate companies obtain insight in the level to which a company operates in an envi- ronmentally, socially and economically respon- sible way. CSC certification covers raw material sourcing or provenance, production plus a range of economic, social and environmental impacts. The CSC certification system consists of an operational manual and assessment criteria with application guidance, detailed at concrete- sustainabilitycouncil.com. A typical certifica- tion process includes a number of easy steps, is applicable to all sizes of concrete, cement and aggregate companies, and comprises Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels. By creating a certification system for responsibly sourced concrete, the CSC aims to improve transparency of the concrete sector, and highlight the essen- tial role of concrete in creating a sustainable construction sector by getting recognition in 'green' procurement government policies and building rating systems. In addition to CSI members with major North American presence—Cemex, CRH, Heidelberg- Cement, LafargeHolcim and Titan—founding CSC members include American Concrete Insti- tute, National Ready Mixed Concrete Associ- ation and Portland Cement Association. CSC charter officers are Chairman Dr. Alexander Röder (Cemex) and Vice-Chair Dr. Christian Artelt (HeidelbergCement). — www.concrete- sustainabilitycouncil.org Global group to certify Responsible Concrete Sourcing LEED-LEADING STATES In its Top 10 States for LEED, the U.S. Green Building Council ranks states showing signif- icant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation. The ranking assesses the total square feet of LEED-certi- fied space per resident based on U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institution- al green building projects. Leading states and their per capita square footage of LEED-certi- fied space for 2016 are: 1. Massachusetts, 3.73 2. Colorado, 3.17 3. Illinois, 2.82 4. New York, 2.5 5. California, 2.39 6. Nevada, 2.37 7. Maryland, 2.33 8. Virginia, 2.31 9. Washington, 2.25 10. Texas, 1.67

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