Sustainability Toolbox

Sustainability Project Database

The fastest way for an Agency to document the benefits of utilizing recycling and reclaiming technologies for their preservation and rehabilitation projects is by having their projects registered in the PRRC Sustainable Project Database. In order to become part of the Project Registration process, an Agency simply needs add the following, or similar type language, to their specification:

“THIS PROJECT IS DESIGNATED AS A SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT AND SHALL BE REGISTERED IN THE PRRC SUSTAINABILITY DATABASE AT WWW.PRRCENTER.ORG PRIOR TO CONSTRUCTION BY THE CONTRACTOR. ALL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE REGISTRATION OF THE PROJECT SHALL BE BORNE BY THE CONTRACTOR AS PART OF THE UNIT PRICE FOR THE _________. PRIOR TO FINAL CLOSEOUT OF THE PROJECT, THE CONTRACTOR SHALL UPDATE THE PROJECT INFORMATION INTO THE PRRC DATABASE AND PROVIDE THE ENGINEER A SUSTAINABILITY CALCULATION CERTIFICATE FOR THE ENGINEER’S APPROVAL.”

Based upon current funding the Database is expected to be able to register projects on or before September 1, 2011 with an associated Sustainability Calculator completed by January 2012. Benefits of Project Registration Include:

  • Technical support via phone or email on all registered projects.
  • Tracking of an Agency’s Sustainable Project into a searchable database that documents the technology used, length, size and location of the project and average daily traffic and geotechnical parameters as applicable
  • A Sustainability Calculation Certificate documenting among other things, the amount of truck trips saved, barrels of oil saved, reduction in carbon emissions, reduction in working days and cost savings compared to the other proposed construction alternatives.
  • Development of strong political and constituent support of the Agency’s effort to reduce pavement improvement costs and environmentally responsible use of “green” technologies.
  • Support of the PRRC education and research efforts to improve the recycling industry.

The nominal cost to register the project would be borne by the Contractor, with little to no recognizable end cost to the Agency and no Agency separate funding mechanism required. Any Agency that supports the PRRC Sustainable Project Database will be able to register past projects at no cost and will be considered an Agency supporter for discounts on future training and certification programs.

PRRC Technical Library

As part of the PRRC’s contracted research, a technical library is under development for use on the PRRC website. Users will be able to conduct defined searches in the PRRC Library for their own research or information purposes using an innovative search engine. Although only public domain papers will be available for download, copyrighted papers will have their link information provided. In addition, as the papers are reviewed, they are rated by PRRC staff with respect to the technology applicability and relevance to the state of the art in the recycling and reclaiming Industry. A user will be able to sort on only PRRC highly rated papers if so desired.