On November 16th, OpenAir hosted our Action Seminar on Low-carbon Concrete and Local Government Leadership. This virtual forum guided local governments in New York State and beyond who are ready to lower the carbon footprint of the concrete they use.
Part 2 of the seminar is a presentation given by Dr. Matthew P. Adams, professor of civil engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a leading sustainable concrete expert. Professor Adams gives a detailed overview of the different categories of low-embodied carbon concrete available today, and paints a picture of the industry’s future. The presentation concludes with a discussion of the many alternatives to portland cement (which is typically responsible for the bulk of concrete’s CO2), how to actually incorporate CO2 into the concrete mixture that sequesters it from the atmosphere, and, perhaps most enticingly, how concrete is like a cookie!