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Michael Durante

Michael P. Durante is Vice President, Finance and Strategic Planning for Pavement Technology, Inc. (PTI). The company, founded by the author’s grandfather, Michael G. Durante, and father, Colin M. Durante, in 1972, helped bring to public works professionals America’s first maltene-replacement asphalt rejuvenation technology. Today, PTI is applying its pavement preservation experience and knowledge of sustainable technologies to life-extending asphalt and concrete preservation solutions, including products to reduce the pollution caused by vehicle exhaust emissions. A frequent author pertaining to economic and environmental sustainability, Durante holds degrees in finance and economics from Vanderbilt University and the University of Oxford.

Alarming Levels of Roadway Microplastic Pollution & TiO2

Posted on: 13 Mar 2022

The growing negative impact of microplastics on our environment has started to receive extensive attention by scientists. The environmental editors at The Guardian recently analyzed several studies and concluded that microplastic pollution is now “spiraling out of control.”    Researchers are now referring to the extensive use of plastics as a “global plastic cycle” equivalent to […]

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Mobilizing Natural Photocatalytic Processes in the Built Environment with TiO2: The Basics

Posted on: 22 Feb 2022

A photocatalyst material such as titanium dioxide (TiO2) can help resolve and detoxicate a variety of dangerous substances, such as a pollutant or even a virus, as the catalyst particles receive energy from the sun. The process is photocatalysis aka photocatalytic oxidation, which already exists in the natural environment. It can be mobilized and accelerated […]

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Happy Earth Week 2021!

Posted on: 26 Apr 2021

Happy Earth Week 2021! Climate change is not a singular problem. It is a set of complex problems ranging from air and water quality to urban heat and more.  It affects socioeconomic constructs – from where and how we live, to what obstacles remain for less advantaged groups.  These problems will require an array of […]

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Cool Roadways Partnership Supports Transition to Cooler and Healthier Cities

Posted on: 24 Jan 2021

PTI is proud to announce it has become a sustaining partner of the Global Cool Cities Alliance’s (GCCA) Cool Roadways Partnership. Learn how GCCA and the Cool Roadways Partnership is helping accelerate a world-wide transition to cooler and healthier cities.

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Engineering News-Record on Smog-Eating Roads

Posted on: 01 Sep 2020

PTI is on the forefront of photocatalytic road technology, and Engineering News-Record has taken notice. Read all about it here.

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Happy Anniversary, Earth Day!

Posted on: 22 Apr 2020

Happy 50th Anniversary Earth Day from Pavement Technology! Pavement Technology, Inc. (PTI) is disappointed to be unable to celebrate the 50th Earth Day with our friends at EarthX2020 due to COVID-19. But we are all thankful our nation has embraced the challenge, and the curve has started to bend – that’s what matters most. Just […]

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