Architectural, Engineering & Construction Firms – How You Can Help

FactSheet-CleanHospitalConstructionCampaign-Feb4Major construction projects typically last many months (maybe even years). During that time, the construction site can become a “hot spot” for diesel pollution due to the increased presence of diesel-powered trucks and construction equipment.

Bottom line: It’s important that we protect those who live, work and play around major construction projects from adverse effects of toxic diesel pollution. Here’s how: Adopt a Clean Diesel Construction Policy.

Clean Diesel Construction Policies typically require:

  • Newer diesel engines or retrofitted older engines (with particulate filters), which are both 90% cleaner
  • Enforcing Idling limits of 3 minutes or less on all on-site equipment
  • Locating diesel-fueled equipment, vehicles, and loading/unloading staging areas away from air intakes or operable openings of adjacent buildings (part of LEED Clean Construction pilot credit)

Compliance responsibility placed on the contractor, not the institution that hired them

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Advocate within your organization. If you are a building professional, talk to decision-makers within your company about joining the clean construction movement. This website includes some great model policies and how-to guides to get you started.
  2. Let us help. We can work with you to help inform decision-makers at your company about clean construction practices and options. Contact Tiffany Werner at (312) 795-3739 or twerner@elpc.org.
  3. Tell us your success story!  Already offer clean construction equipment to your clients? We’d love to hear about your experience. Contact Tiffany Werner at (312) 795-3739 or twerner@elpc.org.