Construction Groups to Invest almost $3.7M to Cut Emssions from Construction Equipment in KY and PA

Group Will Help Contractors Cut Emissions From Bulldozers, Forklifts and Other Heavy Construction Equipment & Reduce Diesel Fuel Consumption Kentucky and western-Pennsylvania-based chapters belonging to the Associated General Contractors of America will invest nearly $3.7 million this year to cut diesel emissions from construction equipment currently. The groups are making the investment to improve air quality thanks to almost $3 million in new federal grants they were awarded under the EPA’s National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. “Contractors may be busy rebuilding our economy, but they are still committed to protecting the environment,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the national association’s … Read more

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Clark to Construct a New, Green Headquarters for California ISO

FOLSOM, Calif. – The California Independent System Operator Corporation (California ISO) recently awarded Clark Design/Build of California, Inc., a $110 million design-build contract for its new headquarters. The project will exemplify California ISO’s commitment to the environment, with the goal of achieving LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and an Energy Star rating over 80. The 278,000 square-foot project will create a permanent headquarters for California ISO, a non-profit, public-benefit corporation. The organization operates the state’s wholesale transmission grid, providing open and non-discriminatory access supported by a competitive energy market and comprehensive planning efforts. The California ISO … Read more

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AIA Report Estimates up To 270,000 Construction Industry Jobs Could be Created if American Clean Energy Security Act is Passed

Building-related provisions in act have environmental and economic benefits Washington, D.C. — With the encouragement of Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) conducted a study to determine how many jobs in the design and construction industry could be created if the American Clean Energy Security Act (H.R. 2454; also known as the Waxman-Markey Bill) is enacted. The study analyzes two provisions included in the House-passed Act, the State Energy and Environment Development (SEED) program and the Green Resources for Energy Efficient Neighborhoods (GREEN) program. Using studies that measure the extent of job creation in … Read more

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ABC Receives Apprenticeship Training Grant from Department of Labor

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Washington, D.C. — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced on August 12 that it received a $624,300 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for construction apprenticeship training. The money, from DOL's Advancing Registered Apprenticeship into the 21st Century program, was awarded to ABC's Trimmer Education Foundation and will be divided among six ABC chapters and partnerships to expand employment opportunities for those interested in pursing a career in construction, including minorities, women and displaced workers.   “Despite the economic downturn, we are still facing a severe shortage of construction … Read more

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