Industry Priorities

Energy & Environment

Welcome to the energy and environment section of the AGC of America website.  Staying on top of environmental and green issues is important for every construction firm, whether you perform highway, building or utility projects.  You can visit this page to find resources on environmental compliance and green construction initiatives, to get involved with AGC on environmental issues, or to take action by writing your legislators or the Federal agencies.  If you are new to environmental issues, you may find this listing of common acronyms helpful.

Get Involved

You are invited to participate in AGC’s Environmental Forum, receive a subscription to AGC’s Environmental Observer newsletter, and join the Environmental e-Forum—three great resources available to AGC members and chapter professionals. The forum provides a means to interact with other environmental professionals in the construction industry through task groups, conference calls and programs.  The Observer (10 issues per year) comes directly to your email inbox and is filled with industry perspective on environmental regulations, green building, as well as related news and events.  The e-forum is an email list-serve group where you can ask questions of your peers. You can opt to join the e-forum when you sign up to the forum at

Find Information

Whether you are interested in federal or state environmental permits or building green, AGC supports your efforts with information that will point you in the right direction.  AGC sponsors and contributes to the Construction Industry Compliance Assistance (CICA) Center at  The CICA Center provides “plain English” resources on federal and state environmental requirements pertaining to construction activities.  Here are some of the issues covered:

  • Air, Open Burning, Dust
  • Construction and Demolition Debris
  • Endangered Species
  • Lead Based Paint (also see AGC fact sheet here)
  • Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (also see AGC fact sheet here)
  • Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (also see AGC fact sheet here)
  • Stormwater
  • Waste (Non-hazardous, Hazardous, and Toxic)
  • Wetlands/Water Bodies

In addition, you will find information on green building, recycling, building energy codes, and environmental management systems. AGC is very proud of this resource, and we encourage you to use it often.  It can be especially helpful for preparing tool box talks.

Take Action

AGC of America regularly advocates for sensible solutions to today’s environmental challenges.  You can read AGC’s position and take action on these issues.  Meeting environmental requirements has become a huge and growing responsibility for contractors, delaying if not threatening construction projects and increasing the cost of doing business. To minimize the environmental barriers to business opportunities, environmental policies must be reasonable and achievable.

  • Air Quality Controls
  • Contaminated Site Cleanup Liability
  • Endangered Species Recovery
  • Green Construction 
  • Right-to-Cure Minor Violations
  • Stormwater Management Requirements
  • Quality Growth & Sustainable Development Infrastructure
  • Wetlands and Other Clean Water Act Permits

DISCLAIMER: The content provided in this section is intended to be general in nature and is not intended to constitute legal advice. In addition, the authority to implement certain environmental regulatory programs may be delegated to the states. A state may have requirements that are more stringent than the federal requirements. Therefore, be sure to check with your state and local agencies before starting a construction project. Users are also advised to consult legal counsel on specific facts and before taking any action with respect to any matter addressed. AGC does not warrant the contents and links for accuracy, adequacy, legality, suitability, practicality, originality, timeliness, or otherwise and assumes no liability for reliance on the contents.

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