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www.agc.orgMay 6, 2011 / Issue No. 3-11
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Editor's Note
Construction Stormwater Issues Update
Proposed New Construction General Permit Guaranteed to Change the Way Contractors Manage Stormwater Runoff; Comments Due June 24
Obama Administration Proposes New Guidance With Expansive Federal Control Over Construction in U.S. Waters
Green Construction
AGC Works Towards Building a Green Future, Hosts Roundtable Discussion
AGC and AIA Chart the Future of Sustainability and Risk in the New Green Codes Era
Green Construction
AGC Works Towards Building a Green Future, Hosts Roundtable Discussion

AGC hosted a roundtable discussion on green construction at the National Building Museum April 21 with leading architectural, construction, engineering and public policy officials.

Moderated by Roger Lewis, architect and Washington Post columnist, six panelists from AGC, the American Public Works Association, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Building Owners and Managers Association, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, and the American Institute of Architects discussed the best techniques and practices for improving the efficiency and environmental performance of our built environment.

The event was live webcast and can be viewed here.  To read AGC’s Building a Green Future plan, which presents the argument for investing in our nation’s built environment, click here.

AGC believes the environmental potential of green construction is vast given the significant inefficiencies in the country’s inventory of existing buildings and infrastructure.  In his opening remarks, AGC CEO Steve Sandherr highlighted this potential: renovating and building energy efficient buildings, for example, would help reduce the 40 percent of U.S. power today’s buildings consume; upgrading our nations roads, highways and transportation system would move towards saving the 2.8 billion gallons of fuel that traffic congestion wastes; fixing leaking pipes and bringing sophisticated wastewater treatment to more communities would save billions of gallons of lost water every day and improve water quality in some of our most important watersheds. “Investment in greening our critical infrastructure will safeguard our land and water resources,” Sandherr noted, and “will provide a much-needed boost for the hard-hit construction, design and engineering industry.”

During the event, AGC  showcased four of the many outstanding, environmentally-friendly projects completed by AGC members last year and recognized with an Aon Build America Award.

For more information on green construction, contact Melinda Tomaino at (703) 837-5415 or tomainom@agc.org.

AGC CEO Steve Sandherr introduces the Building a Green Future
panel of experts at the National Building Museum on April 21.
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