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Resources for Further Study

Materials Related to ACC’S NSF Project are available for further study
Topics include cement and concrete production, greenhouse gases, and climate change. These materials are part of ACC’s outreach on behalf of this grant. 

  • The State of Workforce Development Initiatives at America's Community Colleges
  • Ideas for related research projects for teachers and students
  • “Green Concrete,” an article from Smithsonian Magazine includes research in alternative concrete production methods with potentially lower carbon emission and an interview with Dr. Nikolaus Vlasopolous who is studying alternative admixtures at Imperial College in London
  • An article related to Smithsonian’s also titled “Green Concrete,” published on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review website
  • In February, 2012, Shimrit Perkol-Finkel and Ido Sella of SeArc, Ecological Marine Consulting Firm, visited ACC. Shimrit and Ido and made a PowerPoint presentation on Ecological Enhancement of Coastal and Marine Infrastructures. Their presentation described marine infrastructures created of concrete mixtures that provide a compatible environment for indigenous aquatic life
  • In February, 2012, National Public Radio aired an episode of Ira Flatow’s Science Friday program called “Concrete’s Role as a Building Block in History.” In the podcast Flatow interviews Robert Courland, author of “Concrete Planet” and mineralogist Peter Stemmermann, of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Courland explains why concrete first used by the Romans is more durable than concrete used in most present day buildings. Stemmermann tells about his invention, “Celitement” and why it is greener than traditional cement.
  • ACC’s NSF research project advisor, Oscar Tavares, created a PowerPoint presentation for the Federal Highway Administration on developments in concrete technology, “Sustainability and Current Trends.” The presentation discusses greenhouse gases, CO2 emissions, cement production and use, etc. 
  • In June, 2012, Michigan State University Extension representative Bill Carpenter visited ACC’s WCCT to observe and interview the NSF research team. Carpenter authored an article about the project, “Concrete and Greenhouse Gasses: Exploring the Relationship,” which was subsequently published on the MSU Extension website: Concrete and Greenhouse Gasses: Exploring the Relationship

Carpenter also authored a series of two articles on this topic. 

  • Part I - Making Green Concrete: A Challenging Process for a Better World
  • Part II – Concrete and Greenhouse Gases, Exploring the Relationship

For further discussion of Climate Change consider these websites: 

  • In “What’s Up with the Weather?”  NOVA and FRONTLINE investigate the science and politics of Climate Change. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/warming/
  • The BBC's archive of articles and interactive features on Climate Change includes charts and maps, an energy quiz, background on the science of climate change, and more. BBC News: Global warning?
  • The EPA's site gathers information on climate, emissions, impacts, actions, and news on the topic of Climate Change. The site features a section on what individuals can do to make a difference. EPA's Climate Change Site
  • The Harte Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, headed by Professor John Harte, studies the effects of human actions on, and the linkages among, biogeochemical processes, ecosystem structure and function, biodiversity, and climate. His research spans a range of scales from plot to landscape to global, and utilizes field investigations and mathematical modeling. A long term goal of the group is to understand the dependence of human well-being on the health of ecosystem processes. Harte Laboratory
  • Global Warming.org is a project of the Cooler Heads Coalition, a sub-group of the National Consumer Coalition. According to the site, "The Cooler Heads Coalition was formed in 1997 to dispel the myths of Climate Change by exposing flawed economic, scientific, and risk analysis.
  • The research and outreach organization views its mission as promoting "common-sense environmentalism." The Institute presents articles critical of the idea of Climate Change. Heartland Institute Publications
  • The IPCC is the most authoritative source for statistics and figures on climate change. Visit this site to view the latest assessment reports, press releases, and graphics: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • The September 2004 edition of National Geographic magazine focuses on the science of Climate Change, and the detectable evidence in today's world that nature is undergoing changes. Excerpts of many of the articles are included in the magazine's online edition. National Geographic Online
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association answers frequently asked questions about Climate Change.
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
  • This nonprofit organization is "dedicated to providing credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change." It provides information on the science behind climate change, the potential consequences of it, a glossary of relevant terms, and other valuable material. Pew Center on Global Climate Change
  • This site brings together information about federally funded research on Climate Change, changing ecosystems, the carbon cycle, the water cycle, and much more. It contains links to hundreds of U.S. and international science organizations. U.S. Global Change Research Program