2012 Contractors Environmental Conference

Conference Overview

After an extremely successful first-ever AGC Contractors Environmental Conference last year, we invite you to join your peers at the 2013 AGC Contractors Environmental Conference (CEC) on June 13-14, 2013, in Arlington, Va., and learn valuable cost-effective strategies for your firm to remain compliant and competitive in today?s market.

This year’s AGC Contractors Environmental Conference will focus on “removing the barriers to action” on the environmental challenges the construction industry is facing on a daily basis.  In furtherance of this goal, AGC has reached out to experts in their fields so that they can share the knowledge and tools attendees will then be able to use to take action back at the office or in the field.  We recognize that many of the professionals who have or will attend this conference are the behind-the-scenes environmental leaders at their companies — often tasked with teaching and sharing their environmental knowledge with others.  Barry Fagan, who will kick-off this year’s conference, puts it best: “Your knowledge is useless until shared or acted on.”  This conference shows you how.

The 2013 AGC CEC speakers will give attendees need-to-know information on the major compliance requirements and sustainability initiatives.  Attendees will learn how to hone their leadership skills, manage environmental requirements through effective company-specific programs and self-audits, and much more. 

Another great thing about this year’s conference is its location and proximity to the federal agencies that write the very rules that govern projects nationwide.  This conference will feature a “Compliance Assistance Hour: A Meet and Greet with the Federal Agencies” — proving attendees with the opportunity to explore and ask questions about the compliance assistance and sustainability tools provided by these federal agencies.

Who Should Attend?

Environmental issues impact construction activities related to building, highway and transportation, federal and heavy and municipal and utility markets, from commercial buildings to bases and energy production facilities, factories, industrial complexes, water treatment plants, and roads and bridges.

The 2013 AGC CEC will offer professionals who work for (or service) construction companies the opportunity to learn about the most significant and current environmental concerns in the industry and share best practices with one another. The conference will provide opportunities for participants to learn both from experts and peers.

In addition, this conference will greatly benefit all levels of directors and managers who perform functions related to:

  • Environmental permitting
  • Environmental compliance
  • Safety, health and environment
  • Green building or sustainability

The 2013 AGC CEC provides the perfect opportunity for estimators, project managers, equipment managers as well as other professionals who provide environmental services and products to the construction industry to learn about how environmental requirements and trends impact their primary job responsibilities.

Topics & Take-Aways

The 2013 AGC Environmental Conference will offer a selection of plenary and breakout sessions that address environmental opportunities and challenges affecting the business of construction in the building, highway and transportation, federal and heavy and municipal and utility markets.  The 2013 AGC CEC will also feature a new “Compliance Assistance Hour: A Meet-and-Greet with Federal Agencies” where attendees will be able to find out what compliance assistance and sustainability tools are available to them and to their companies.

Leadership in Compliance

Environmental Leadership: Active or Passive Treatment — Presents information and tools that will give participants the confidence needed to begin adding value by becoming better leaders in their current position.  Explores how to lead yourself, build relationships and execute needed actions.

Environmental Ethics and Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Ensuring Company-Wide and Job-Site Compliance — Teaches how to develop and implement corporate-wide environmental ethics; develop the skills needed to create and implement environmental-focused BMPs at the job-site for single and multi state projects; and identify and create work-specific and job-site specific environmental training programs. Participants will also develop the skills needed to track employee training.

Environmental Compliance Auditing:  Benefits and Pitfalls of Self-Policing — Gives tips on how to conduct an environmental audit to get the best compliance benefits while avoiding the unintentional creation of negative evidence that can be used against you.  Learn how to take advantage of agency leniency and immunity programs for self-auditors to extinguish enforcement risks.

The Mounting Regulatory Cliff with Special Highlight on Future Controls Limiting Stormwater Runoff from Active and Completed Jobsites — Provides an overview of what regulations you should expect in the near future from lead-based paint rules and reductions in air emissions to the control of stormwater runoff.  Learn about the future of effluent limitations on stormwater runoff leaving jobsites as well as what permanent stormwater management technologies contractors may need to employ to satisfy “post-construction” rules that are in the works.

New Mandatory BMPs for Stormwater and Tips for Successful Implementation — Walks through the steps to successfully implement the new stormwater Construction General Permit and required BMPs on a project, as well as providing different methods to educate on the requirements in the field, with the subcontractors and on a companywide level.  Features exactly how polymer enhancement increases the effectiveness of various BMPs and shows how various methods using polymer enhanced BMPs to reduce both organic and inorganic particulates that affect turbidity levels.  This session includes ample case studies to provide participants with the opportunity to learn by example.

Beyond Stormwater: Water Management for Work Near Sensitive Waters and Water Used in Construction Operations — Covers a range of water challenges on jobsites beyond those caused by wet weather events.  Includes information on water used during construction operations, as well as extra enhancements to protect sensitive waters.

Strategies to Reduce Spills: Discussion and Case Study of Savings through Effective Management — Presents the savings brought by one company’s oil spill management program.  Provides an opportunity for participants to learn from peers through discussion of best strategies to prevent and control oil spills on the jobsite.

Fugitive Alert: Contractor's Guide to Selecting Dust Palliatives — Shares an objective (contractor’s) perspective on the various dust palliative products in the market.  Gives strategies to determine and apply the best and most cost-effective product for the jobsite.  Session will also reveal any adverse impacts due to careless application, run-off, leaching, or adherence to vehicles and how to avoid these issues.

How Endangered Species Issues Impact Construction Projects and What To Do When Such Issues Arise — Explains the Endangered Species Act (ESA) through the lense of what may arise at the construction site.  Explores a contractor’s contractual rights and obligations if a project is suspended or modified due to the ESA and explains how to deal with subcontractors in the event of a suspension or change of scope. 

Reducing the Hazards of Waste Management Onsite — Provides the key steps to ensuring compliance with requirements that control the management of hazardous waste: from waste characterization and classification and obligations for storing and transporting the waste to selecting the proper disposal method and location.

Leadership in Sustainability

Environmental Programs: Discussion and Case Study of One Company’s Program towards a Sustainable Construction Site — Presents the program one company developed to move towards a sustainable jobsite, regardless if the project is “going green.”  Provides an opportunity for participants to learn from peers through discussion of their environmental and sustainability programs.

Synergies of Green, Lean, Building Information Modeling, and Integrated Project Delivery — Provides participants with specific tools to begin using lean construction techniques on the next project including the latest concept called "Don't Let it Hit the Floor." Explores the connection between these strategies and how they work together for improving sustainability, energy efficiency, environmental compliance, safety, quality, scheduling and profitability.

The Integration of Safety and Health into Green Building Rating Systems — Updates participants on efforts to integrate construction and maintenance safety and health into green building practices and rating systems.  Introduces industry professionals to the proper techniques to avoid incidents associated with green building systems.  Explores what makes a jobsite safer and how to create a prevention action plan. 

Emerging Green Codes: What’s Happening Now and Why You Should Get Involved Early — Gives a case study of how local governments are adopting model green codes and demonstrates why contractors should be involved early on in this process.  Also compares the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) to common standards and rating systems. Provides a glimpse of the process underway to update and amend the IgCC.

Clean Diesel Developments for Building and Highway Contractors — Introduces the new Clean Construction Pilot Credit in the LEED Green Building Rating System and a new tool, the Clean Diesel ClearingHouse, to help contractors explore retrofitting their equipment and other emission reduction strategies.  Also addresses future opportunities for clean diesel funding.

Innovations in Sustainability for Asphalt Paving and Materials — Examines several recent environmentally friendly innovations in asphalt paving from materials (asphalt shingles, reclaimed asphalt, ground tire rubber, warm mix asphalt) to technologies (warm mix asphalt, hot remix recycling, hot in place recycling, and porous pavement) to enable better informed communications with suppliers and better educated decisions regarding whether to consider new materials and paving processes.

Sustainable Infrastructure: Roads and Other Public Works — Explains common green road design and construction practices and provides experiences with specific green road projects.  Takes a look at innovative rating systems and new tools for achieving sustainable infrastructure goals in public projects.

Schedule in-Brief

Conference Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 13, 2013
715 AM - 5:00 PM Continental Breakfast and Registration
Welcoming Remarks
Plenary Session
Technology Demonstration
Four Breakout Sessions
Luncheon Plenary Session with Opening Day Keynote
Plenary Session
Technology Demonstration
Four Breakout Sessions

Compliance Assistance Hour: A Meet and Greet with the Federal Agencies
(Explore Compliance Assistance and Sustainability Tools)
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Welcoming Networking Reception
7:00 PM Dinner on Your Own or with a Group
“Dine Around” Sign Up Sheets Will Be Available
Friday, June 14 2013
7:15 AM - 12:30 PM Continental Breakfast
Welcoming Remarks
Plenary Session with Second Day Keynote
Technology Demonstration
Six Breakout Sessions

Plenary Sessions and Technology Demonstrations: Salons 1-3
Breakout Sessions: Studio D or Studio E
Compliance Assistance Hour: Salons 1-3
Reception: Salon Foyer and Terrace Space

Wednesday Meetings Before the Conference

On Wednesday, prior to the conference, members of the AGC Environmental Forum Steering Committee will participate in a fly-in with the Federal Agencies. At this annual meeting, Steering Committee members help set the agenda for the coming year.During their meetings with Federal Agency staff, they identify pending regulatory activity where contractor input is needed as well as joint compliance assistance projects on which to collaborate.

Hotel & Registration

Registration will be available soon!

Hotel Information

All events will be held at the—
Renaissance Arlington Capital View
2800 S Potomac Avenue
Arlington, VA 22202
P: 703-413-1300

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The Renaissance Arlington Capital View, one of three LEED© Gold certified hotels in Virginia, is located just one mile from Ronald Reagan International Airport.  With luminous design and striking architecture, this hotel is stunningly memorable.  Each of its guestrooms offers a plush environment, adorned with modern furniture and unique art and offering vantage points of downtown Crystal City or the runways of Reagan National Airport.  Relax in the indoor heated pool or reinvigorate yourself with a cup of fresh Italian espresso in the expansive lobby.

Guestroom Rate: $179.00 plus local tax (currently 10%). Single/double occupancy.  Includes guestroom internet.

Reservations Cut-off Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Method of Reservations: Book online at http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/waspy?groupCode=agcagca&app=resvlink&fromDate=6/11/13&toDate=6/15/13 or at www.marriott.com/waspy  and entering group code agcagca.  OR  Call Renaissance Hotels toll free reservations @ 1-800-HOTELS1 (1-800-468-3571) and ask for the Associated General Contractors of America Environmental Forum Conference Room Block.

All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.


AGC offers many ways to build your company’s name at the 2013 AGC Contractors Environmental Conference on environmental issues that affect construction professionals—with a strong lineup of educational sessions, technology demonstrations, a federal agency compliance assistance “meet and greet” and networking opportunities.

Please take a moment to review the sponsorship opportunities and be a part of this important event on June 13-14, 2013, in Arlington, Virginia, just across the river from our Nation’s Capital.

If you are interested in being a part of this important event either through sponsorship or a technology demonstration, please contact AGC’s Melinda Tomaino at (703) 837-5415 (tomainom@agc.org) or Sarah Black at (703) 837-5352 (blacks@agc.org).

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June 13 - June 14, 2013

Renaissance Arlington Capital View
2800 S Potomac Avenue
Arlington, VA 22202

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I was able to return to my company and educate them with very informative news on codes, permits, and the latest on environmental issues that are affecting us daily on our project sites and in the office

I’m already looking forward to the next conference.

Dan Lamble, Walbridge
2012 CEC Attendee