The Atlanta-based Turner Foundation presented a $90,000 grant to the Associated Builders and Contractors.
The money will be used to support ABC’s green-building initiatives with a focus on expanding its green certification and training programs.
“ABC is pleased to have received this national recognition and support for our ongoing green building efforts for the second year running,” said ABC President and CEO Kirk Pickerel. “It is clear the Turner Foundation sees the critical and expanding role that merit shop construction holds in enhancing green building and sustainability practices across the country. ABC welcomes the chance to continue to work with partners such as the Turner Foundation to engage, educate and empower contractors to be good stewards of our environment.”
The grant from the foundation will be used to further expand the use and participation of the green building “toolbox talks,” which are 15-20 minute training sessions presented by supervisors to their field employees, which were funded by last year’s grant.
ABC will develop workbooks to be used during the training sessions and will also develop content for green training to be delivered in classroom settings and online. In addition, the association will create a series of green building webinars targeted to project managers, estimators and the upper management of member firms to cover such topics as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, green building codes and regulatory updates.