Group salutes “green” leaders
By 2030, the U.S. population is expected to grow by 63 million. To recognize environmentally friendly development efforts of new houses, buildings, and roads by using concrete and cement-based products, the Portland Cement Association has launched the Sustainable Leadership Awards. Visit www.cement.org.
Tasty tap water
The air may be thick enough to chew on, but you won't find better water than Los Angeles, say judges for the 18th Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting. They chose the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Clearbrook Waterworks District in British Columbia, Canada, from among 120 rivals for top honors in the municipal category.
Idaho landmark gets facelift
The preservation of the 410-foot-long Rainbow Bridge in Valley County is the International Concrete Repair Institute's project of the year. Built in 1933 for $74,000, it's the largest single-span concrete arch bridge in the state.
Big Easy back in business
With 200 recovery projects under way or about to begin, New Orleans' new interactive Web site lets residents track the progress of each project by neighborhood. Visit www.cityofno.com.
Six winning erosion-eradicators named
The International Erosion Control Association honored six people representing companies in California, Colorado, the Carolinas, and Texas for outstanding technology, research, education, and practices related to erosion, sediment control, and stormwater. To apply for next year's awards by the May 5 deadline, visit www.ieca.org.
Bush signs energy bill
President George W. Bush has signed an energy bill that will boost fuel-economy requirements for cars and light trucks to 35 mpg by 2020—the first such increase since 1975. The bill also mandates using 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022 and increasing efficiency requirements for some appliances and light bulbs. For example, all light bulbs must use 25% to 30% less energy than they do today by 2014; this will save more than $40 billion in energy costs.
MoDOT kicks off workforce development program
The Missouri DOT launched its Work-force Development Initiative in March. The $1.25 million pilot program trains and prepares economically and socially disadvantaged individuals for work in the state's heavy highway construction industry.
CMAA hosts transportation summit
Industry experts are calling for a major overhaul of the country's transportation infrastructure. The Construction Management Association of America will hold a transportation summit in Los Angeles, July 20-21, to showcase ways to effectively manage the enormous transportation infrastructure investments the future will demand. For more information, visit www.cmaanet.org.