The Strategic Development Council of the American Concrete Institute

In common with many industries, the concrete industry of North America needed to better understand the environmental impact of its operations. Cement manufacturing has an unavoidable CO2 cost, one largely compensated for through responsible construction with concrete. The Strategic Development Council of the American Concrete Institute undertook to lead an industry review of the environmental implications of concrete construction, and L&C team members were asked to facilitate a process to create a vision of sustainable concrete for the new millennium.

Over a period of 18 months, industry leaders, company executives, association staff members, board directors, and members of the academic community participated in the process. We created a small Steering Group to guide the activity, and developed a theme-related (e.g. technical, communications, regulatory, manufacturing, etc.) planning structure to ensure optimal involvement of all stakeholders. We facilitated extensive work in theme-related workgroups that fed into several plenary sessions to achieve alignment around scope, vision, and substance. We crafted and edited numerous drafts of the resulting concrete vision document, accommodating numerous inputs, achieving consensus around the governance structures needed to ensure the successful implementation of the vision by the industry. In the process we facilitated extensive research, including a detailed a cradle-to-cradle analysis of concrete.


The American Concrete Institute (ACI) is a leading authority and resource worldwide for the development and distribution of consensus-based standards, technical resources, educational programs, and proven expertise for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction, and materials, who share a commitment to pursuing the best use of concrete.