The Associated General Contractors of America homepage reports that The Associated General Contractors of Greater Florida,in partnership with a coalition of construction associations in the Southeast, will invest more than $1.6 million over the next two years to cut diesel emissions from off–road construction equipment that is currently in use.
The U.S. EPA has awarded the National Funding Assistance Program grant to the Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association to support voluntary diesel retrofit efforts by AGC of Greater Florida contractors and other diesel users across Florida, Alabama and Georgia.
“We don’t just want to rebuild Florida’s economy, we want to rebuild our commitment to this state’s national treasures,” said Richard Marshall, the association’s president. “The industry is committed to building a better, greener, and more prosperous future for Floridians.”
The coalition expects to retrofit or replace more than 200 pieces of construction equipment and train more than 300 individuals from its member companies over the next two years.
“Contractors are helping to boost our economy, and they’re committed to doing so in an environmentally friendly way,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer of the Arlington, VA–based Associated General Contractors of America. “Our goal is to make digging in the brown dirt as green as possible.”