Design and construction companies are urging the Biden Administration to build back greener.
February 22, 2021 – President Biden has made a commitment to “Build Back Better” in the wake of COVID-19, the economic crisis, social upheaval, and regulatory rollbacks by the former administration. A growing group of architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms is calling on Biden to also build back greener. He can do this, they say, by adding sustainable building strategies to his climate agenda and environmental justice plans. And he doesn’t need Congress’s help.
The president has already signed multiple orders and memoranda relating to climate and environmental justice, but only a few have directly addressed the building sector. Actions so far have focused on fair and affordable housing. What remains, according to the Sustainable AEC Leaders making their appeal to the administration, is a panoply of executive actions that are designed to address the building sector’s outsized impacts on greenhouse gas emissions and social equity—and its vulnerability to climate change.Back