Pavement Preservation is ‘Sustainable’ Choice

Pavement Preservation Journal, Spring 2012

By Pierre Peltier

The “green” movement towards environmental sustainability in construction — and just about everything else — has driven much industry progress in recent years, and pavement preservation is part of the action.

While the economic downturn has taken a little wind out of the green movement’s sails — and some in our industry look at the green movement with justifiable trepidation — environmentally sustainable living is still on the minds of legislators and the general public.

From the furor over greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, to the Clean Air Act Amendments, to storm water legislation and new wetlands regulation, to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) implementation in construction, green still is going strong. And as an eco-friendly and socially responsible aid to surface transportation infrastructure, pavement preservation deserves recognition and additional consideration for the role it plays.

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