The construction industry doesn’t have the best reputation regarding sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint. Well, MCL Construction is determined to change that.
As Construction Managers, we have the responsibility to produce world-class projects for our clients that exceed their expectations. As an industry, we have an environmental responsibility to enhance sustainability. Construction and the operation of buildings generate nearly 50% of annual global CO2 emissions and produce nearly 600 million tons of waste and debris every year in the United States.
The industry recognizes its massive consumption of raw materials and use of high energy apparatuses. In an effort to go green, Building Green introduced the Contractor's Commitment to Sustainability in 2021. This commitment challenges contractors to implement sustainable design and construction policies throughout a project’s lifecycle.
MCL accepted the commitment this year.
Led by Rich Woodson, MCL’s manager of design-build and sustainability, MCL is the first construction company in the Midwest to accept the commitment.
“We know we want to make a difference and we are receptive,” said Woodson. “MCL is leading by example and joining an effort that will continue to grow.”
Rich joined MCL with a background in mechanical engineering and design. As a registered professional engineer, he will develop long-term strategies to reduce our overall carbon footprint and strengthen the impact we can have on the future of the industry, the environment, and our individual projects.
His plan addresses the five main areas of concern within the commitment: Carbon Reduction, Waste Management, Water Management, Material Selection, and Jobsite Wellness.
Each category is divided into good, better, and best management practices. We are required to make a best faith effort to achieve a “good” rating in each category on projects that represent 30% of our annual revenue.
"Construction is a competitive business; there is no denying that," said Woodson. "What is cool about this commitment is that competitiveness is put aside, and contractors from all over the country are adopting the same vision and are working together to achieve a goal of sustainability."
Our initiative begins with, but is not limited to, increasing waste diversion, reducing idling, promoting responsible water management, promoting the health and wellness of our field employees, and educating owners to require teams to use materials that are friendly to the environment.
Rich will keep a record of our initiatives in each of the five categories and act as a liaison between MCL and Building Green. MCL is currently tracking this data and will officially report progress next year.
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