Staying on top of environmental and green issues is important for every construction firm, whether you perform highway, building or utility projects. You can visit this page to find resources on environmental compliance and green construction initiatives, to get involved with AGC on environmental issues, or to take action by writing your legislators or the Federal and State agencies. For a summary of important environmental issues to watch in 2016, take a look at AGC's 2016 Environmental Outlook handout. If you are new to environmental issues, you may find this listing of common acronyms helpful.
Whether you are interested in federal or state environmental permits or building green, AGC supports your efforts with information that will point you in the right direction. AGC sponsors and contributes to the Construction Industry Compliance Assistance (CICA) Center at www.cicacenter.org. The CICA Center provides “plain English” resources on federal and state environmental requirements pertaining to construction activities. Here are some of the issues covered:
- Air, Open Burning, Dust (also see AGC fact sheet on Ozone NAAQS here)
- Construction and Demolition Debris
- Endangered Species
- Lead Based Paint (also see AGC fact sheet here)
- Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (also see AGC fact sheet here)
- Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (also see AGC fact sheet here)
- Stormwater (also see AGC fact sheet on stormwater e-reporting here)
- Waste (Non-hazardous, Hazardous, and Toxic) Wetlands/Water Bodies (also see AGC fact sheet on "Waters of the US" or WOTUS here)
In addition, you will find information on green building, recycling, building energy codes, and environmental management systems. AGC is very proud of this resource, and we encourage you to use it often. It can be especially helpful for preparing tool box talks.
DISCLAIMER: The content provided in this section is intended to be general in nature and is not intended to constitute legal advice. In addition, the authority to implement certain environmental regulatory programs may be delegated to the states. A state may have requirements that are more stringent than the federal requirements. Therefore, be sure to check with your state and local agencies before starting a construction project. Users are also advised to consult legal counsel on specific facts and before taking any action with respect to any matter addressed. AGC does not warrant the contents and links for accuracy, adequacy, legality, suitability, practicality, originality, timeliness, or otherwise and assumes no liability for reliance on the contents.