I saw an interesting news release recently, "Oceans of Asphalt" to be eliminated. The news flash is about Kileen, TX changing local development regulations to require new stormwater management features instead of oceans of asphalt in order to facilitate stormwater filtration, reduction in stormwater volumes, and other environmental enhancements (reduction of the heat island effect comes to mind) in parking areas. It’s great to hear these kinds of forward thinking requirements being put into place. It also seems to me that this is a golden opportunity for the use of concrete. Previous concrete, for example can provide many of the benefits that these new regulations provide, and the use of concrete can also provide additional benefits such as reduced energy use, through less cooling, heating and lighting needs, better product longevity (life cycle analysis anyone?), and more! With more regulations like this, the future for concrete is bright – although I’d rather see the free market do the right thing rather than have to be forced in that direction by government regulations. But I guess whatever it takes.