Destination => Net Zero

According to Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development “Cement production accounts for approximately 5% of worldwide man-made CO2 emissions” (World Business Council for Sustainable Development). This high output of greenhouse gasses is largely due to the energy required to mine and process the raw materials into a marketable product. Traditional Portland cement also uses as much as 6 gallons of water per bag, or 36 gallons per cubic yard, requiring nearly as much water by weight as the concrete mix itself (Portland Cement Association).      

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Recycling in Michigan 

Presently Michigan is struggling to meet their state-wide recycling goal. In “Measuring Recycling in the State of Michigan”, published in May of 2015, only about 1.4M tons of recyclable material was captured for reuse, while nearly 8M tons were disposed, netting a recycling rate of approximately 15%, with a goal to bring the rate up to 30% (RRS, 4, 8).

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Chemical Formulations

etween December 2013 and June 2016, Patrick worked with renowned PHD scientist and industry experts to develop the initial formulations of a set of binders to incorporate rubber and glass for several product configurations. The scope of work was to move from a permanent molded sectional curb to a large scale proprietary binder formulation for mass cast dimensional rubber/glass products while developing alternative production approaches for both factory and field applications.    

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