Energy & Environment

April 17, 2009
In a letter sent to Rep. Lynn Woolsey, Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, and Rep. Tom Price, the Subcommittee' Ranking Member, AGC CEO Steve Sandherr made the point that construction jobs meet all the criteria of the loosely defined "green job." This criteria includes: Improving the environment; Offering good-paying jobs; Offering opportunities for advancement; Are jobs that cannot be outsourced; and Encouraging participation by a diverse population.
April 16, 2009
In a letter sent to Rep. Lynn Woolsey, Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, and Rep. Tom Price, the Subcommittee’ Ranking Member, AGC CEO Steve Sandherr made the point that construction jobs meet all the criteria of the loosely defined “green job.” This criteria includes: Improving the environment; Offering good-paying jobs; Offering opportunities for advancement; Are jobs that cannot be outsourced; and Encouraging participation by a diverse population.
April 15, 2009
On April 10, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule that would require reporting of annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from a wide range of sources, including all facilities that produce cement and manufacture lime. The agency is seeking public comment on the proposed threshold for reporting and whether to include monitoring and reporting requirements for in-use fleets, as well as other provisions in the proposed rule. Comments are due June 9, 2009.
April 3, 2009
Included in the draft climate and energy legislation proposed by Representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) Tuesday would require state and local transportation planners to link transportation and land-use decisions.  This provision would likely make it more difficult for transportation planners to meet mobility needs through projects that add highway capacity.
April 3, 2009
Representatives Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) Tuesday unveiled a 648-page draft global warming and energy bill that would establish a cap and trade program to curb U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and by 83 percent by 2050.  The draft bill would also create a nationwide renewable energy electricity standard that reaches 25 percent by 2025, new energy efficiency programs, place limits on the carbon content of motor fuels, and require greenhouse gas standards for new heavy duty vehicles and engines.
March 20, 2009
AGC member Don Weaver (Weaver Bailey Contractors, El Paso, Arkansas) testified on March 19th before the U.S. House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming regarding green construction practices in the construction industry. Weaver called for new federal incentives to encourage recycling of construction materials and purchase of more efficient construction equipment. He also stated that tax credits and incentives would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost economic activity, cut waste and lower construction costs.
March 19, 2009
AGC member Don Weaver (Weaver Bailey Contractors, El Paso, Arkansas) testified today before the U.S. House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming regarding green construction practices in the construction industry. Weaver called for new federal incentives to encourage recycling of construction materials and purchase of more efficient construction equipment. He also stated that tax credits and incentives would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, boost economic activity, cut waste and lower construction costs.
February 26, 2009
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed tighter controls on stormwater discharges from construction sites - called effluent limitation guidelines (ELG) - which could cost the industry nearly $2 billion annually. Use AGC's Regulatory Action Center to submit customized comments to EPA today! The construction industry may comment only until February 26, 2009.
February 26, 2009
The recently-passed stimulus package includes $300 million to clean up diesel engines nationwide and could result in grants of more than $1 million for AGC Chapters to distribute to member companies. The grant funding has increased six-fold from fiscal year 2008 and is designed to help construction companies and other diesel users reduce emissions from their fleets, as well as promote economic recovery and preserve/create jobs.
February 24, 2009
The recently-passed stimulus package includes $300 million to clean up diesel engines nationwide and could result in a grant of more than $1 million for AGC Chapters to distribute to member companies. The grant funding has increased six-fold from fiscal year 2008 and is designed to help construction companies reduce emissions from their fleets.

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