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ABC Meets With OMB, Voices Concerns About OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard

October 20, 2021

On Oct. 20, ABC met with the Office of Management and Budget to express its concerns about the forthcoming U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Emergency Temporary Standard, which will apply to employers with 100 or more employees as required by President Biden’s Path Out of the Pandemic COVID-19 Action Plan. Currently, the OSHA ETS is at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at OMB for final review before it is officially published in the federal register. At this time, neither OMB nor DOL have made the contents of the ETS public.

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ABC Applauds the Reintroduction of the BUILDER Act to Modernize NEPA

On April 14, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, led by Rep. Garrett Graves (R-La.), reintroduced the Building U.S. Infrastructure Through Limited Delays & Efficient Reviews (BUILDER) Act, which would modernize the outdated National Environmental Policy Act) to make infrastructure project reviews more efficient, reduce project costs, spur economic recovery and rebuild America. The BUILDER Act has been reintroduced as a leading priority of ABC and Congressional Republicans as negotiations continue on Capitol Hill on forming significant infrastructure legislation.

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House Republicans Introduce the BUILDER Act to Modernize NEPA

On Sept. 22, U.S. Rep. Garrett Graves (R-La.) introduced H.R. 8333, the Building U.S. Infrastructure Through Limited Delays & Efficient Reviews (BUILDER) Act. The legislation would codify much of the Council on Environmental Quality’s National Environmental Policy Act rulemaking, which ABC supports.

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ABC National Office Certified Under Green Globes Sustainable Interiors Program

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) announced June 4 that ABC National’s headquarters office in Washington, D.C. is one of the first buildings to be certified under its new Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors (SI) program. READ MORE

ABC Voices Support for Workforce Development Legislation

ABC May 28 sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Education and the Workforce Committee urging passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA represents an important opportunity to improve our workforce development system by increasing local business input in developing job training programs and improving access to federal funding for non-union training programs.
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Comments on Changes to the IgCC Accepted Until Jan. 10

Members of the public can create an account with the International Code Council (ICC) and submit proposals for changes to the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) until Jan. 10. Any proposal submitted will be posted online by March 2014 to be reviewed by the public and heard by two technical committees in open hearings. 
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A Cost-Effective Green Building Training & Education Solution

ABC is offering its members a series of Green Building Toolbox Talks, which are designed to help members drive green education to the craftworker level. The talks are also available in Spanish.
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LEED v4 is Approved and Will be Launched in November

LEED v4 has been approved by a vote of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) members and will be launched during the Greenbuild conference in November 2013. 
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GSA Request for Information on Green Building Certification Systems Due April 8

Submissions related to the General Services Administration Feb. 5 request for information regarding their review of green building certification systems for use in federal buildings are due April 8.
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GSA Requests Information on Green Building Certification Systems

The General Services Administration Feb. 5 issued a request for information regarding their review of green building certification systems for use in federal buildings.
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A Cost-Effective Green Building Training & Education Solution

ABC is offering its members a series of Green Building Toolbox Talks, which are designed to help members drive green education to the craftworker level. The talks are now also available in Spanish.
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