AGC partners with Environmental Protection Agency

A national contractors association and EPA have formed a partnership the groups hope will improve environmental regulations and influence contractors to take advantage of environmental management systems.

The Associated General Contractors of America announced Wednesday the formation a partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The announcement was made at the Environmental Resources Committee Meeting during AGC’s 84th annual convention, held in Honolulu.

“This partnership underscores AGC member commitment to comply with environmental regulations and EPA’s commitment to assist the industry in reaching compliance,” AGC CEO Stephen Sandherr said.

The relationship is also expected to open lines of communications between the two. EPA has appointed a member of its Office of Policy, Economics and Innovation to serve as AGC’s personal contact. The organization hopes to help EPA understand the construction process and offer advice for aligning environmental programs with the industry’s needs.

“Because the construction industry is the delivery system for a cleaner, healthier and safer environment, we welcome the opportunity to work with EPA to develop viable solutions to environmental challenges,” Sandherr said.

EPA invited AGC into the partnership in order to improve relations. According to AGC, this recognition is a reward for its environmental compliance services, which provide contractors with tools and solutions to environmental problems.