Crossties

NOV-DEC 2017

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RTA EVENT CALENDAR CONTACT US RTA EVENT CALENDAR CONTACT US ADVERTISE Stella-Jones Corp. Railway Tie Association Wheeler Lumber Nisus Corporation MiTek Industries CROSSTIES • NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 13 PRESIDENT Q&A The 2017 Railroad Sustainability Symposium (RRSS) was held Nov. 2-3 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The event was held immediately following the 99th Annual RTA Conference, allow- ing attendees to transition seamlessly from one conference to the other. Following a welcome and overview of the upcoming sessions, attendees heard from Dr. Simon Croom, University of San Diego, on sustainable sourcing and sup- ply chain resiliency. The Rail Tie Timber and Fiber Product session followed, with RTA Executive Director Jim Gauntt moderating a panel of experts. Other ses- sions addressed topics such as stakeholder engagement and conflict resolution, global issues, and greenhouse gasses. The organizer and moderator for the event, Nathan Loftice of BNSF, working with the Environmental Affairs Committee (EAC) of the Association of American Railroads (AAR), asked RTA to coordinate and manage the event on site. With tie recovery a hot topic and tie installations such a large portion of RR CapEx spend each year, Loftice and his associates felt it was a natural to link RRSS with RTA. All but one Class 1 railroad, plus Amtrak, attended the event, and RTA staff provided pre-event planning and onsite event staffing to assure a smooth and pro- fessional symposium. "We could not have been more proud that we were asked to provide support for such a prestigious event," Gauntt said. "We understand that as future events are planned, there may be annual opportunities to align our conference with RRSS again. If asked, we look forward to that challenge and to a process of coordinating our orga- nizations' mutual interests of sustainability for RR products and services." Gauntt also noted that in aligning with RRSS, RTA was able to magnify new efforts by its Tie Recovery Task Force and work directly with environmental-focused personnel at railroads on greater involve- ment of RTA members and Class 1s on tie recovery efforts. RRSS AIMS TO ENHANCE INDUSTRY'S FUTURE

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