White House launches low-carbon construction initiative

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The White House announced Tuesday it will establish a “Buy Clean” task force to focus on the production and purchase of low-carbon materials made in the U.S. for use in federal construction projects. The move comes after a December executive order meant to make the federal government more sustainable. 

The task force will identify materials to consider and prioritize in federally funded projects, increase emission transparency through supplier reporting and incentives and launch pilot programs to boost federal procurement of clean construction materials. These include products with lower embodied emissions and pollutants across their lifecycle, including each stage of the manufacturing process, according to the release.

The administration claims that the new policies will create more jobs and boost the country’s competitiveness in the global market, according to the release.

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