December 29, 2006 / Issue No. 3-06
 
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Editor's Note
2006 – Year in Review
Air
Construction Equipment Targeted as Major Source of Air Pollution; Focus of Emissions Reduction Mandate
Water
EPA Amends Oil Spill Rule; Plans for New Compliance Deadlines
How to Meet Federal Oil Spill Reporting Requirements; A Step-by-Step Guide
AGC Comments on Corps of Engineers’ Proposal to Reissue, Revise Nationwide Permits
Waste
AGC Highlights Online Resources for Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling
Green Construction
AGC Attends Greenbuild; Reports on USGBC Initiatives
Environmental Solutions
EMS for Highway Construction – A Texas Success Story
News & Events
Submit Your Top 10 Green Construction Questions; Get the Answers at the AGC Convention
AGC Launches New Electronic Discussion Group on Environmental Management Systems
AGC-EPA Interface
Building Green

  AGC Launches New Electronic Discussion Group on Environmental Management Systems

AGC has created an e-mail or “e-Forum” discussion group to provide ongoing support to member companies that are exploring how an Environmental Management System (EMS) can improve their business operations.

An EMS is a company-wide, systems-based approach to managing environmental risk.  AGC hopes that this new e-Forum will help its members succeed in all stages of EMS development and implementation—from deciding whether or not an EMS is a viable option, to operating under a mature EMS.

AGC’s EMS e-Forum is an outgrowth of the Association’s exclusive guidebook and training series.  Participation in the e-Forum is limited to employees of AGC-member companies who have purchased AGC’s EMS guide, attended an AGC EMS workshops, or demonstrated familiarity with the basic elements of an EMS.  In this way, AGC seeks to provide a quick, convenient and economical way for construction professionals with EMS experience to share information with, and to seek assistance from, one another.

AGC e-Forums allow members to—

  • share policies and best practices
  • keep up with trends and common practices
  • ask for and receive peer advice

If you would like to join AGC’s EMS e-Forum, please send an e-mail to yatesc@agc.org.  Please specify the e-Forum you wish to join.

Background

AGC released the construction industry’s first and only guide to EMSs in 2004.  This publication—Constructing an Environmental Management System: Guidelines and Templates for Contractors—includes a detailed explanation of the components of an EMS, a sample EMS for a hypothetical construction company, and sample procedures and forms on compact disk for contractors to customize.  Throughout 2005, AGC partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to deliver training workshops based on AGC’s guide.  AGC videotaped the final workshop in its series and released an instructional CD-ROM in mid-2006. 

More information on EMS is available on AGC’s Web site at http://www.agc.org/ems.  In addition, contact AGC’s Melinda Tomaino at tomainom@agc.org to find out how you can get up to speed on “EMS basics” prior to joining the EMS e-Forum. [ return to top ]