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Energy & Environment

Welcome to the energy and environment section of the 黑料不打烊 of America website.  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 黑料不打烊 on environmental issues, or to take action by writing your legislators or the Federal agencies.  If you are new to environmental issues, you may find this listing of common acronyms helpful.

Get Involved

You are invited to participate in 黑料不打烊鈥檚 Environmental Forum, receive a subscription to 黑料不打烊鈥檚 Environmental Observer newsletter, and join the Environmental Forum 鈥攖hree great resources available to 黑料不打烊 members and chapter professionals. The forum provides a means to interact with other environmental professionals in the construction industry through task groups, conference calls, and programs.  The Observer (10 issues per year) comes directly to your email inbox and is filled with industry perspectives on environmental regulations, green building, as well as related news and events.  The Forum is an email listserv group where you can ask questions of your peers.

Find Information

Whether you are interested in federal or state environmental permits or building green, 黑料不打烊 supports your efforts with information that will point you in the right direction. Interested in learning how climate change policies will impact construction? . 黑料不打烊 also contributes to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-supported Construction Industry Compliance Assistance (CICA) Center at . The CICA Center provides 鈥減lain English鈥 resources on federal and state environmental requirements pertaining to construction activities. Here are some of the issues covered:

  • Air, Open Burning, Dust
  • Construction and Demolition Debris
  • Endangered Species
  • Lead Based Paint
  • Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines
  • Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures
  • Stormwater
  • Waste (Non-hazardous, Hazardous, and Toxic)
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Take Action

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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. 黑料不打烊 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.

Industry Priorities