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www.agc.orgApril 28, 2010 / Issue No. 4-10
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AGC Releases Green Construction Plan; Calls for Renewed Investment in Infrastructure
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Climate Change
Energy Incentives on Congress’ Spring Agenda
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Environmental Challenges for the Construction Industry Forum Provides Opportunity For Members To Listen, Learn and Share
Editor's Note
AGC Releases Green Construction Plan; Calls for Renewed Investment in Infrastructure

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AGC of Washington’s David D’Hondt and Doug Moore of member company McKinstry take media through the firm’s new Green Innovation Center during the release of AGC’s “Building a Green Future” report.

On April 22, AGC of America released a plan calling for market-based solutions, incentives and needed investments to deliver environmental improvements in our nation's infrastructure-buildings, transportation, water and land resources and power generation.

The plan-Building a Green Future-outlines measures designed to stimulate demand for green construction projects, boost infrastructure capacity, improve building efficiency and green construction practices.  It openly addresses how the places where we live, work, play and travel impact the natural environment; and it gives credit to industry and other groups for their efforts to reduce those impacts.  The plan offers recommendations to for a renewed investment in our infrastructure-making it greener and safer.  It provides some common sense ways that contractors can help, such as recycling waste and reducing emissions from equipment; and it also addresses how policymakers can support those efforts instead of setting up roadblocks.

"You can't wish for a green future-you have to build it." AGC maintains that construction and renovation ultimately are the most immediate and effective ways to improve the built environment.  This plan will guide policymakers, educate the public and provide AGC members with a tool they can use to develop an environmental strategy for their firm.

AGC of America and the AGC of Washington unveiled the plan after a tour of a construction site for a green building in Seattle.  The new structure will serve as local construction firm McKinstry's incubator space for start-up green construction technology firms.  Citing that company's recent successes, David D'Hondt (executive vice president, AGC of Washington) said that while the plan would deliver significant environmental benefits, it also would provide new opportunities for the nation's hard-hit construction firms.

Read AGC's plan here and the press release here.

The news was covered by the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, Daily Commercial News, and Mother Nature Network, among others.

For more information, contact Melinda Tomaino at tomainom@agc.org or 703-837-5415. Return to Top

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