NPCA’s Sustainability Awards recognizes excellence in sustainable products, practices and operations among NPCA members, highlighting the precast concrete industry’s continuing commitment to sustainability.
In keeping up with the demands of the construction industry, many NPCA members have adopted sustainable practices in their purchasing, manufacturing and shipping operations. Our industry has benefited from their actions, and it is in this spirit that the Sustainability Committee has created the NPCA Sustainability Awards. The inaugural NPCA Sustainability Awards were handed out at the The Precast Show 2013 in Indianapolis. Since then 19 awards have been earned by NPCA members.
The awards are divided into the following four categories:
Best Project Entry – Precast product being used in its final design purpose that contributes to the sustainable attributes of the project.
Best Company/Plant Entry – A practice that is performed by the company in doing business specifically at the precast manufacturing plant, showing improvement in sustainable practices.
Best Product Entry – Product being used in its final design purpose in the manufacturing or performance of a precast concrete product, and that is beneficial to the overall level of sustainability of that intended precast concrete product.
Best Company/Plant Entry – A practice that is performed by the company in doing business specifically at its plant or facility location that shows an improvement in overall sustainable practices.
Each category will have one winner while the other approved entries will receive honorable mentions. All approved entries will be profiled on a display at The Precast Show 2018, on NPCA’s website at precast.org, and in upcoming Precast Solutions and Precast Inc. publications.
The theme for each award entry submittal will be “sustainability.” The broad scope of sustainability covers environmental, social and economic issues. Examples of topics worthy of award entry consideration include, but are not limited to:
- Energy management
- Water-use reduction
- Production-waste reduction
- Substitution of non-renewable materials
- Minimization of packaging
- Vehicle efficiency
- Biodiversity and conservation
- Environmental product declarations
- Employee training programs
- Employee social support programs
- Community liaison
- Support of local organizations
- Supply chain initiatives
Points will be awarded based on the following criteria:
- Benefits – What are the benefits of the project to the company, the community and/or the environment?
- Innovation – The originality of the project/product in terms of subject and/or approach.
- Wider Applicability – Points will be earned if the idea can be applied to other member companies.
- Employee Benefit / Participation – Employee benefits and/or participation in the project will gain further credit.
Any number of entries may be submitted from a company, provided they cover a different or unique aspect of the company or job site. Each entry project or practice must have been initiated (in the case of an operational practice) or completed (in the case of a project) within five years of the submittal deadline. Any one entry may be submitted a maximum of two times; however, if a submittal wins the Sustainability Award upon its first entry, it is no longer eligible.
Entries are limited only to members of the National Precast Concrete Association. Those submitting award entry applications must be members of NPCA in good standing as of the time of award entry submittal, and at the time of the awarding of the Sustainability Awards.
An entry form and submission form can be found by clicking the link below. You can also look at past winners by clicking the link on the right.