Working together to advance geosynthetics

February 1, 2019

Leadership, participation and collaboration are important to the success of any association. The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) can attribute its growth in recent years to the many members, leaders and industry partners who volunteer their time to support the association’s mission. Read below to learn more about some of them and the programs they support. …

GMA releases schedule for Geosynthetics Conference 2019 meetings, requests RSVPs

January 7, 2019

The Geosynthetic Materials Association announces open meetings at the Geosynthetics Conference 2019, which runs February 10–13 in Houston, Texas. All meetings are open to the public, and GMA requests all those who intend to attend RSVP. GMA meetings include those of the Erosion Control Focus Group, Geotextile Focus Group, Environmental Focus Group, Distributor Focus Group …

GMA honors Sen. Whitehouse as ‘leader of the year’

December 12, 2018

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) honored Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., with the GMA Leader of the Year Award during the fall Lobby Day in Washington, D.C., on November 14. “I’m honored to be recognized in this way by the Geosynthetic Materials Association,” Sen. Whitehouse said, “and I’m grateful for GMA’s excellent work bringing together leaders …

Gardner concludes his time as GMA chair, Chuck steps in

November 20, 2018

Keith Gardner of Dalco Nonwovens LLC ended his term as chair of IFAI’s Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) executive council at a meeting of the council in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13, 2018. GMA 1st vice chair, Fred Chuck, of HUESKER Inc., took over as GMA executive council chair. “Keith Gardner’s services to GMA will be …

GMA’s geosynthetic education offerings make a difference on campus and Capitol Hill

October 1, 2018

August 2018 was a great month for the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the industry at large. Banner legislation promoting innovative materials was introduced in Congress by friend of the industry Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. GMA members and industry educators met at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to educate students about the importance of …

GSI’s Koerner to host webinar on geosynthetics in erosion control, GMA members get discounted rates

September 25, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar entitled “Geosynthetics in Erosion Control,” on Oct. 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. The webinar will be hosted by Dr. Robert M. Koerner. GMA member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI webinar and short course registrations. The estimated society cost of …

Barry R. Christopher honored with 2018 Koerner award and lecture series

September 11, 2018

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA), led by a Koerner awardee selection task force, selected Barry R. Christopher, Ph.D., P.E., as the recipient of the 2018 Dr. Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture Series. The award and lecture series is named for Dr. Robert M. Koerner, Ph.D., the founder and director emeritus of the Geosynthetic Institute …

Senators and House members introduce bill to spur use of innovative infrastructure materials, GMA plays key role

August 3, 2018

Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; Mike Rounds, R-S.D.; and Cory Booker, D-N.J., introduced on Aug. 2 the Innovative Materials for America’s Growth and Infrastructure Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, to encourage research and deployment of innovative construction materials in transportation and water infrastructure projects nationwide. Investing in these new techniques and materials would help …

GMA on Wisconsin, waste containment and Lobby Day

August 1, 2018

April and May were very active months for the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA). Our membership coordinated an educational opportunity in the state of New York, made a lobbying trip to Wisconsin and supported Infrastructure Week by advocating for geosynthetics in the nation’s capitol. GMA heads to Wisconsin On Apr. 9, 2018, members of the GMA …

‘Emerging Topics in Geosynthetics’ is focus of free all-day live-streaming short course

July 20, 2018

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), in partnership with the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI), will live-stream an all-day short course on “Emerging Topics in Geosynthetics,” Aug. 3, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. CDT. The short course is free to geosynthetics industry professionals. Designed as a series of …