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Guest Speaker to Discuss Concrete’s ‘Green’ Qualities

Philip W. Kresge“Concrete’s Role in Sustainable Development,”detailing how concrete plays an integralpart in green building design and construction, will be presented at 3:30 p.m. April 6 in the Klump Academic CenterAuditorium. The guest speaker for the event, which is organized byDrew R. Potts, instructor of civil engineering technology at Penn College, will be Philip W. Kresge , senior director of natural resources for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association. Participants will understand how ready-mixed concrete can be used to minimize environmental impact of construction, and how architects, engineers, contractors and ready-mixed concrete producers can work together to optimize environmental performance. The focus of the program is on the environmental benefits of concrete, including the use of recycled materials, heat-island mitigation, reduction of energy consumption and stormwater management. Featured products will include concrete pavements, wall systems, green roofs, flowable fill and pervious concrete. The program also covers an overview of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design 2009 Green Building Rating System, and how ready-mixed concrete contributes to earning LEED certification. The session is open to all, with a particular emphasis on majors in the schools of Industrial and Engineering Technologies and Construction and Design Technologies.