News from ACI

The American Concrete Institute featured several new sustainability-focused events for its Spring Convention. These included the unveiling of “The Sustainable Concrete Guide: Strategies and Examples,” the ACI-CMPBS Pervious Concrete Student Competition and a technical session titled Sustainable Design in Structural Concrete.

ACI announced the new ACI University Award program, designed to recognize universities whose students and faculty are active in ACI and other concrete-related activities. Throughout 2010, students and faculty can participate in activities to earn points toward achieving ACI University Award status. For more information, visit www.UniversityAward.concrete.org.

The institute also announced the availability of two new publications, “Specification for Ready Mixed Concrete Testing Services” and “Report on Glass Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Premix.” They can be ordered by calling 248-848-3800 or online at www.concrete.org.

ANLA News

The American Nursery & Landscape Association shared its perspective with congressional staff during a briefing reviewing a new study regarding immigration reform. The study was conducted by Dr. Raul Hinojosa of the University of California, Los Angeles, and looked at three scenarios: comprehensive immigration reform, a temporary worker program only and an enforcement-only scheme based on deportation. It found that comprehensive immigration reform that includes legalization and flexible future visa programs would result in $1.5 trillion in economic growth over 10 years.

ANLA applauded the USDA for allocating $45 million, provided by Section 10201 of the 2008 Farm Bill, for projects in support of critical plant health safeguarding initiatives across America. The association also applauded Rep. Kurt Schrader for introducing H.R. 4509, the Small Business Environmental Stewardship Assistance Act of 2010.