2013 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. Click here for the registration brochure.

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” — providing attendees with the opportunity to explore and ask questions about the compliance assistance and sustainability tools provided by these federal agencies.

  • For me, the best part of the 2012 conference was the opportunity to meet with so many great people who share a similar interest in improving, and, an understanding of matters related to, the industry. Our industry is large and complex but conferences like this make it feel more manageable, connected, and, in its own way, glamorous. I left the conference with new knowledge, resources, and ideas that will allow me to do a better job for both my company and the industry as a whole. Adrienne Coppock, APAC Missouri and Kansas City
  • This was a great opportunity to network with others in the industry and the government agencies. This conference provided insights how to effectively manage environmental programs and understand our compliance obligations. Connie Determan, Kiewit Corporation
  • An invaluable networking opportunity with the nation’s most senior regulators, relevant various association/council affiliates, environmental manager colleagues, vendors, and consultants. I departed this meeting of the minds better informed and inspired to steer my company towards better sustainable practices not only benefitting the natural environment but also my company’s profit margin; consequently, achieving a more competitive green market niche. Chris Ennes, CPESC, Ames Construction, Inc
  • It was very informative and gave me a great opportunity to meet new people. It is nice to hear from other general contractors and stay up to date with the latest regulations. Fulya Kocak, LEED AP, BD+C, Clark Construction
  • 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, AIA, ALA, LEED AP BD+C, Walbridge
  • The varied relevant content, quality speakers and balance between practical issues and proactive solutions to reduce environmental impacts made this conference a success. Yancy Wright, LEED AP, BD+C, Sellen Sustainability

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.  Presented by twice named Presenter of the Year, awarded by the International Erosion Control Association.

Environmental Ethics and Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Ensuring Company-Wide and Job-Site Compliance — The military, other federal agencies, state and local governments, companies and individuals are incorporating environmental requirements into construction contracts.  Contractors are being required to adopt company-wide environmental ethics and implement environmental-focused best management practices (BMPs) that ensure compliance on a corporate-wide basis and at the job site. This presentation demonstrates how contractors are developing corporate-wide environmental ethics, establishing employee environmental training programs, and creating environmentally focused BMPs.  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 — Environmental regulation is getting more complicated while environmental enforcement by the agencies is becoming more vigorous.  Self-auditing can improve your compliance and reduce your risks if done properly.  But audits can also expose you to serious pitfalls.  Learn how to audit to maximize benefits and minimize risk.  This presentation 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 — Now that the election is well past us, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reactivated its regulatory efforts.  The rulemaking pipeline is full, and the construction and real estate industries are positioned to feel the brunt over the next four years.  This presentation will review the environmental rules currently “on the books” and look ahead at EPA’s aggressive regulatory agenda that includes action on issues like stormwater runoff, fly ash reuse, and lead paint in buildings.  Participants will hear how AGC is engaging with the Agency on nearly a dozen pending rules, all projected to have significant impacts on construction jobs and the economy.  Future controls related to limiting stormwater runoff from active and completed jobsites will be a special focus during this session.  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.
Jeff Longsworth, Barnes & Thornburg

Practices and Methods for Complying with the Construction Stormwater Permit — Learn what works through practical examples and case studies: new best management practices, cost effective and supplemental BMPs.  Walk through the steps to successfully implement the new stormwater Construction General Permit.  Overcome obstacles to compliance: learn sequencing and strategies for compliance; 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.

Wetlands Delineation, Mitigation & Wetlands Permits; Factors Affecting Work Near “Sensitive” Waters — Let an expert walk you through the “whole process” for addressing wetland impacts on any given project – including discussion on delineations, impact strategies: credits vs. self-mitigation, USACE 404 permits, lessons learned, enforcement and more. We will learn about the 12-step process to develop a permittable project plan and how to stay in compliance during construction.  In addition, this session will discuss the new TMDL program to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  That program has brought about increased scrutiny of, and restriction on, construction projects to reduce sediment runoff, and increased post constriction stormwater management as required by the Bay’s clean-up plan (TMDL).  The Chesapeake Bay TMDL be used as national model, and thus is a precursor for what the future holds for companies building near polluted/impaired waters throughout the country.

Strategies to Reduce Spills: Savings through Effective Management of Risk— Presents the savings brought by one company’s oil spill management program.  Learn how to identify top concerns for your company’s spill program and to engage colleagues in meeting spill prevention goals.  This session also provides an opportunity for participants to learn about risk management strategies to prevent and control releases to the environment, reduce risk and save money.  Learn from an expert who daily examines existing programs to determine appropriate levels of readiness, planning detail, personnel capabilities and procedural effectiveness—and develops practical solutions to mitigate risk.

Fugitive Alert: Contractor's Guide to Selecting Dust Palliatives — Understanding the numerous dust palliative products on the market can be a daunting task for a contractor. What is the correct product to use for a particular site, with its traffic conditions, and the climate or region the project is located? How do you understand the realistic expected performance, along with any limitations and potential environmental impacts? This presentation will describe the various products available without endorsing and particular product. Just give me the facts, Jack!  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 lens of what may arise at the construction site.  This presentation identifies the key provisions of the ESA that typically impact contractors, including: critical habitat, interagency consultation, “take” of listed species, and incidental take permits and habitat conservation plans.  Takes a look at challenges by environmental organizations under the ESA to specific projects as well as to federal and local agencies that provide permits for such projects.  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.  Learn from an expert with more than 27 years experience who trains and advises regulatory agencies’ staff on hazardous and toxic waste issues.

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 management and sustainability programs.

Synergies of Green, Lean, Building Information Modeling, and Integrated Project Delivery — New field construction software running on handheld devices has streamlined construction administration and decision-making, resulting in dramatic improvements in quality and schedules.  Lean construction with use of integrated project delivery contracting has revolutionized the construction industry.  This presentation 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.
Richard Andrews, Zurich NA
Stephanie adamec, AGC OF AMERICA (MODERATOR)

The Integration of Safety and Health into Green Building Rating Systems — As “green” evolves to “sustainable”, the question of how worker safety and health fits in is an important question.  This session updates participants on NIOSH’s efforts to integrate construction and maintenance safety and health into green building practices and rating systems.  As the green building industry continues to expand, workers from every trade are being introduced to a wide range of new systems, products and regulations, all of which have unforeseen safety concerns/requirements. This session also introduces industry professionals to the proper techniques to avoid incidents associated with green building systems.  And explores what makes a jobsite safer and how to create a prevention action plan. 
Matt Gillen, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

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.  This session uses the District of Columbia’s plans to adopt the new 2012 IgCC along with the 2012 ICC code series in 2013 as a case study. Join our expert panel as they discuss the 2012 IgCC with amendments as proposed by the DC Construction Codes Coordinating Board Green Technical Advisory Group; how it relates to the Green Building Act, LEED, and ASHRAE 189.1; and how adoption of the IgCC will affect the practice of design and construction in DC.

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 — Sustainability efforts have encouraged several recent advancements in asphalt pavements and materials that all specifiers should be aware are available when choosing a pavement for their projects.  Green, economical, and innovative materials and methodologies continue to evolve, and staying on the cutting edge of these new methods and materials is more important than ever.  This session 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.  Speaker has over 23 years of materials experience with a focus on hot mix asphalt and has served as a trainer and developer of the Illinois Department of Transportation QC/QA program.
Jay Miller, Chicago Testing Lab

Sustainable Infrastructure: Roads and Other Public Works — Presenters will explain common green road design and construction practices and provide experiences with specific green road projects.  The session also takes a look at innovative rating systems and new tools for achieving sustainable infrastructure goals in public projects.  Participants will gain an understanding of two emerging tools for green roads and public works projects—Greenroads and Envision.

Schedule in-Brief

Conference Schedule of Events (click here for detailed schedule.)

Conference Schedule of Events

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

Compliance Assistance Hour

Come explore the regulatory compliance and sustainability tools that the Federal Agencies have to offer for construction contractors.  Meet the individuals who work on the federal environmental requirements that govern activities on construction project sites; and who develop the resources to help with compliance.  Although state programs may make changes or go beyond federal requirements, they are more often than not based on federal requirements.

AGC has invited individuals from these program offices to showcase their compliance and sustainability resources and answer questions one-on-one with attendees.  Please note: this is a non-sponsored educational session that is part of the overall conference program.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Directorate of Civil Works, Operations and Regulatory (Nationwide Permits) – Confirmed
Regulatory Branch (Wetlands) - Confirmed

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Safety, Health and Environment Cross-over Issues and Safety in Green Buildings) – Confirmed

U.S. Department of Energy
Building Energy Codes Program - Confirmed

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration (Sustainability Initiatives) - Invited

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Green Building Workgroup – Confirmed
Office of Air and Radiation (RICE) – Invited
Office of Atmospheric Programs (Greenhouse Gas Reporting) – Invited
Office of Compliance (Compliance and the Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center) – Confirmed
Office of Emergency Management, Regulation and Policy Development Division (Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures) – Confirmed
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (Lead) – Confirmed
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics and Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (PCB) – Confirmed
Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (Recycling) – Confirmed
Office of Science and Technology (Effluent Limitations) – Confirmed
Office of Transportation and Air Quality – Confirmed
Office of Water (Stormwater) – Confirmed
Office of Water (Wetlands) – Invited
Office of Water (Green Infrastructure, Low Impact Development) – Confirmed

U.S. General Services Administration
Public Buildings Service (GSA's gBUILD and P-100 Standards) - Confirmed


AGC has automated the entire registration process. To reserve your seat, simply click on the “Register” button on the right. The system will then guide you through the remainder of the process. In addition to registration, the system will ask you to identify whether you plan to attend the Compliance Assistance Hour and networking reception that are included with your registration. You will also be asked whether you plan to participate in the Thursday evening Dine Around (“Dinner on Your Own” doesn’t mean you have to dine alone). The Dine Around is your opportunity to dine with fellow registrants.

Shortly after you complete the registration process, you should receive an email confirming your registration. If you do not, or you have any other problems with the process, please just contract Rockkie Dunton or Crystal Yates at AGC of America, as follows:

The registration fee for the 2013 conference is $325.00.

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 is pleased to thank the following sponsors—


Industry Partners


Sponsorship Opportunities

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, peer-to-peer discussion times, 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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Victor M. Mendez
Adminstrator, Federal Highway Administration

As the 18th FHWA Administrator, Mendez directed the Agency's implementation of President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which made $26.6 billion available for bridge and highway projects across the country, helped revitalize the Nation’s infrastructure and created jobs through more than 13,000 projects. Administrator Mendez launched the Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative early in his tenure - November 2009 and identified three areas for initial focus: Shortening Project Delivery, Accelerating Technology and Innovation Deployment, and FHWA's Going Greener initiative. He has more than 20 years of State DOT experience and previously served as Director of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).