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Don't wait to register for the C&D Recycling Forum — Hotel deadline is today
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A limited number of rooms are still available. The hotel cut-off date has been extended, but it ends today. After this date, space and rate availability can't be guaranteed. To secure your room at the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center for the group rate of $129 per night plus tax call 800-445-8667. Remember to ask for the Construction & Demolition Recycling Forum rate. More

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Jim Price, NDA's environmental attorney, elected Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers
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The board of regents of the American College of Environmental Lawyers has announced the election of Spencer Fane Partner James T. Price as a Fellow. Membership is by invitation, and members are recognized by their peers as preeminent in their field. ACOEL members are dedicated to maintaining and improving the ethical practice of environmental law; the administration of justice; and the development of environmental law at both the state and federal level. More

NDA to forward scholarship and Lifetime Achievement Award Applications in September
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The Awards Committee of the NDA will be sending application forms for the association's College Scholarship Program and its Lifetime Achievement Award to all Regular Members in September. Last year in San Antonio at the NDA's 39th Annual Convention, the Awards Committee presented three scholarships to high school seniors valued at a total of $17,500, two of which were funded by the association's "Dues Check-off" program, and three continuing education scholarships, including the Southern California Chapter Scholarship, the Patrick H. O'Rourke Scholarship and the Sims Adams Scholarship totaling some $13,500. The Awards Committee intends to present the scholarships and the 40th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Award at the NDA's Annual Banquet on March 26 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel.

NDA Education Committee announces regional training sessions
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The Education Committee of the NDA has announced three regional training sessions for the current fiscal year. The first will be at the Sheraton Needham Hotel in Needham, Mass., off Route 128 near Boston on Oct. 26-27. Program offerings include the OSDHA Demolition-specific 10-hour construction health and safety course; Industrial Hygiene 101 for the demolition industry; demolition-specific Lift Safety Training; and PCBs in caulk. Certifications will be provided for both the OSHA 10-hour and the Lift Safety Training course. The cost of this program is that same as the NDA's Demolition Academy. Additional programs will be offered in Chicago in February and Los Angeles in May or early June. Registration forms are in the September/October issue of Demolition and will be mailed out shortly to all Regular Members of the NDA. The registration form will also be available online at

NDA to survey Regular Members about education initiative
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The Education Committee of the board of directors of the NDA is sending an important survey to every Regular Member of the association concerning its proposed Education Initiative. The survey, being conducted by Association Headquarters, Inc. of Mt. Laurel, N.J., will solicit information concerning the courses and programs that the Education Committee should consider offering as part of this comprehensive initiative. The survey will be sent to every Regular Member via U.S. Mail with a stamped self-addressed return envelop and electronically via email.

The results of the survey will be reported to the NDA's board of directors at its upcoming Fall Board Meeting in New York City on Sept. 29. In order to develop the programs and delivery systems that suit the needs of the demolition industry, the board and its Education Committee needs to get as much information as possible from its major market, its Regular Members. The survey results will guide the board as it develops a major new member service to help its members train their workforce and grow their companies.

As an added incentive and to express its thanks for responding to the survey each responding firm will automatically be entered to win a $500 American Express Gift Card (two winners will be drawn); and an iPad2 (one winner will be drawn; or, the grand prize: FREE DELEGATE REGISTRATION to the NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention in San Diego, March 23–26, 2013, a $700 value!

The board of directors needs its Regular Members to provide it with input about how its Education Initiative should proceed. Please respond to the survey from Association Headquarters by Aug. 31.

NDA Convention Committee lists 2013 sponsorship opportunities
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The 40th Anniversary Convention Committee Chair and NDA Treasurer Scott Knightly has announced an initial list of sponsorship opportunities available for the association's 2013 Annual Convention in San Diego. Next year's convention, which will feature a decidedly Navy theme to take advantage of one of San Diego's major attractions, will celebrate 40 years of service by the NDA to the demolition industry. One of the major events at next year's show will be an Opening Night Reception aboard the USS Midway based in San Diego.

Sponsorship opportunities at next year's celebration include:

26th Annual Golf Tournament at Riverwalk Golf Club
Individual golf hole sponsorships
$500 — Silver $1,000 — Gold $3,000 — Platinum

Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
Coffee break
Opening Night Cocktail Reception

General Session Breakfast
Keynote speaker
Coffee break
Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
Theme Party

General Session Breakfast
Coffee break
Luncheon in the Exhibit Hall
Cocktail Reception
Annual Banquet

Other Sponsorships
Baseball caps
Custom room keys
Tote bags
40th Anniversary Commemorative Tile

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2013 Environmental Excellence Awards applications available
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Applications for the NDA's 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards will be mailed out to every association member early in July. This program, designed to promote the demolition industry's commitment to environmental stewardship as outlined in the organization's mission, has been very successful with both members and their clients. These awards are presented to NDA members that perform projects that have a significant impact on the quality of life in the community where they did the work or developed a product or service that does the same.

This year's awards will be presented by Environment Committee Chairman Chris Godek of New England Yankee Construction of Milford, Conn., March 25, immediately following President Don Rachel's welcoming address at the NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego. Award winners receive two awards, one for their own firm and one to present to the client they did the work for. The NDA's Environment Committee established this program to enlighten our customers, the construction community and the general public to the major role the industry plays in enhancing the quality of life in the towns and cities where we work. Look for the 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards application forms soon. The applications will also be available online on NDA's website.

NDA announces site for 40th Anniversary Convention in 2013
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The NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention — the largest exposition of demolition products and services in the world — will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in California, March 23-26. Each year, the NDA convention brings together a wide cross section of professionals involved in the demolition process, including those in demolition contracting, general contracting, civil engineering, recycling, scrap, salvage and other industries. The convention includes educational programs, entertainment and networking opportunities for both the association members and other attendees. More

NDA board to meet in the Big Apple and Miami Beach in 2012 and 2013
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NDA President Don Rachel of Rachel Contracting in St. Michael, Minn., has completed the selection of sites for the 2012-2013 board of directors meetings.

Sept. 28-29
Intercontinental New York Times Square
New York, NY

Jan. 11-12
Trump International Beach Resort
Miami Beach, Fla.

Rachel encourages every member of the association to attend these important meetings and participate in planning the association's future.

NDA offers over 2,000 online training courses
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The NDA's user-friendly Online Training System offers more than 2,000 eLearning courses that meet the specialized needs of the construction industry. NDA's Online Training, powered by Portico Learning Solutions, covers essential courses in areas that include environmental, health and safety, transportation and IT skills. More

Member-Get-A-Member program continues
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The Member Services Committee of the board of directors continues to promote its Member-Get-A-Member program instituted last year. Prizes, which include a 42-inch big screen TV, will be presented at the NDA's 40th Anniversary Convention in San Diego next March. As the demolition economy slowly improves the goal of the Member Services Committee is to attract new members involved in all aspects of the demolition process and to get previous members who have let their dues lapse to rejoin the association.

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Red Cross: Large response to Hurricane Isaac, for a long time    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As Hurricane Isaac wreaks havoc across the Gulf Coast, the American Red Cross is responding across multiple states — providing thousands of people with a safe, dry place to stay and something to eat. "This is a very large response that will go on for a long time, and we need the public's help," said Charley Shimanski, senior vice president of disaster services at the Red Cross, in a press statement. More

Asbestos halts BNZ House demolition in New Zealand    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Asbestos has halted the demolition of an earthquake-damaged office building in central Christchurch, New Zealand. Work bringing down BNZ House in Cathedral Square started in December but stopped recently when traces of the noxious building material were found. Engineers found the substance encased in some of the building's concrete columns and isolated them while tests were done elsewhere. More

OSHA, National Safety Council renew prevention programs alliance
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OSHA renewed its Alliance with the National Safety Council to continue enhancing worker safety and health by addressing construction hazards, injury and illness prevention programs, and motor vehicle safety. During the two-year agreement, the alliance will develop fact sheets on the benefits of employers establishing an injury and illness prevention program, hazard identification and control topics that should be included in worker training, fall prevention and best practices for reporting near misses. More

From brownfields to broadband, NYC helps businesses
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Recent initiatives New York City launched to help new and small businesses were the focus of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's weekly radio address Aug 26. First, Bloomberg mentioned the Brownfield Cleanup Program, which he established in January 2011 to reclaim formerly polluted sites. The program has 30 sites under construction or completed, and another 45 enrolled. "Even if they had no role in polluting the areas in the first place," Bloomberg said. "That's changing. We are making reclaiming these sites a real priority." More

Canada chooses to go green during construction boom
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The belief that the planet can supply an infinite amount of natural resources is gone, and the largesse of the '60s has been replaced by a more prudent stinginess. Despite that, the Canadian areas of Quebec and Montreal are undergoing one of the largest construction booms in their history. Which raises the question: If it's not going into island-building, where does all the refuse generated by tearing down and replacing highway interchanges and demolishing old buildings go? The good news is the majority of waste generated through construction, renovation and demolition is being recycled or reused. More

Plates covering NY subway site blamed in blast
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New York City's transit authority says steel plates covering a subway construction site failed to withstand the impact of a controlled blast that sent rocks flying into the street and damaged nearby buildings. Construction workers were blasting through rock to create an escalator for Manhattan's planned Second Avenue subway line when two 1,800-pound steel plates were lifted into the air, raining debris onto the street. More

NJ contractor grows through careful diversification
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Here's a challenge faced by every contractor: How do you expand your business in a rapidly changing market place? For Ken Jacobsen, one of the owners of Nordic Contracting, it is to diversify the company while carefully identifying new avenues for growth. More

Don't let waste go to waste
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Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. It sounds simple. It's not. Just ask Bill Caesar, who runs the recycling and organic growth units of Waste Management, America's biggest trash company, which has $13.3 billion in revenues last year. It's hard to get many cities and towns to embrace recycling. It's expensive to build out the infrastructure needed to separate materials and ship them to customers. And now, to make matters worse, the prices that buyers are willing to pay for cardboard, used paper, metals and plastics have fallen, on average, by about a third. More


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