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www.agc.orgMay 1, 2014 / Issue No. 3-14
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Editor's Highlight
Will You Be Joining Us in June?
Final Word on Construction Stormwater Management: EPA Eliminates Numeric Turbidity Limits, Monitoring Requirements from Federal Law
EPA, Army Corps Propose New Rule to Govern Federal Clean Water Act Jurisdiction
U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Review EPA’s Retroactive Veto Authority Under Clean Water Act
U.S. EPA Seeks Input on Plans to Regulate Lead Paint Work in Buildings
Editor's Highlight
Will You Be Joining Us in June?

The 2014 AGC Contractors Environmental Conference

By now, you will have heard that the 2014 CEC will take place on June 12-13, 2014, in Arlington, Va—the nation’s foremost conference for environmental professionals in the construction industry.  AGC knows that the necessity of meeting environmental requirements never eases: Your customers demand good environmental practices.  Your company directors want to avoid fines and negative environmental publicity.  And the next generation workforce prefers working for green companies.

The 2014 CEC will provide you with the tools, tips and resources you need to meet permitting, compliance and sustainability challenges—in a forum where you can interact with construction professionals from across the country handling many issues that are on your own to do list.  This is the Observer, so we have the space to give you a complete look at what’s on the agenda related to compliance, environmental management and sustainability.  Take a look below. 

We hope you’ll be joining us in June!  Visit AGC’s conference website at http://www.agc.org/enviroconf2014 to register. 

Make Environmental Compliance a Priority: Environmental compliance is pre-requisite for green buildings and a standard clause in construction contracts.  The 2014 CEC helps you stay on top of the legal requirements!

  • EPA’s Regulatory and Enforcement Agenda – Hear from U.S. EPA on the agency’s agenda for developing, implementing and then enforcing key regulatory programs governing lead-based paint, oil spills, stormwater runoff, “Waters of the U.S.” and electronic reporting.  Ask your questions.
  • Setting the Right Priorities – Focus on the top legal concerns happening right now or in the immediate future so you can set priorities, plan accordingly, and avoid penalties or common pitfalls in stormwater, Section 404 (dredge-and-fill), lead paint, green construction and climate/energy matters.
  • Concerns Regarding the Discovery of Suspicious Materials on a Jobsite - When is the contractor liable for pre-existing contamination? Learn ways to manage and minimize your environmental liability (e.g., contract language).
  • Beyond Stormwater Runoff: Process and Wash Water Discharge Requirements - A look at ways to manage process and wash water, including concrete washout, vehicle and equipment wash water, pothole water, etc.

Establish an Environmental Program: Make compliance and sustainability part of your company’s business model.  Your peers at the CEC will show the way through case studies and sharing what is – or is not – working for them.

  • Environmental Management and Training - Construction firms share their programs, systems and best practices for managing and training on environmental and sustainability requirements while meeting company objectives.
  • Taking Environmental Costs into Account - Meeting compliance or sustainability requirements can add costs—whether through permitting, mitigation, training, special supplies or professional fees.  How do you manage those costs? Or—better yet—see a return on your investment?
  • Environmental Technology Trends and Tools - What are some innovative technologies that can help meet your sustainability, permit, recordkeeping and sampling/testing requirements? 

Incorporate a Green or Sustainable Initiative: Maximize “green” practices to save time or make money for your firm.  The 2014 CEC provides the forum for you to explore options that have worked for other construction firms and what is important to project owners.

  • Making a Profit on Waste - Construction projects 1) generate waste and 2) reuse waste products.  Look at waste differently—such as construction and demolition debris or the beneficial use of industrial materials—and hear how to turn it into profits or savings for your company.
  • Explore Renewable and Alternative Fuels - Concerns from greenhouse gas emissions to energy security are fueling interest in other sources of energy for trucks and equipment.  Hear about renewable and alternative fuels and how readily available they are for construction equipment.
  • How Resilient Are Our Buildings and Other Infrastructure? - Learn from owners how concerns for the future resiliency of infrastructure may impact construction/renovation plans for new buildings, transportation and public works projects.
  • Does ‘Net-Zero Energy’ Give Projects a More Competitive Edge in a Smaller Market? Peer-to-Peer Learning: What is a net-zero building? What owners are asking for it?  And why?  This session uses case studies to illustrate what net-zero is all about.
  • Sustainable Building Trends and Developments Beyond Rating Systems - Understand whole building trends towards high performance, as well as, developments and synergies in building systems.
  • Case Studies of Sustainability Related to Highways and Utility Infrastructure - Understand how public works owners are incorporating sustainability programs and practices into highway, transportation, and other public works projects.

Visit AGC’s conference website at http://www.agc.org/enviroconf2014 for more information and to register. Return to Top

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