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Breaking Ground on Clean Construction

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is excited to announce, "Breaking Ground on Clean Construction: Rethinking and Rebuilding for a Greener Economy." This virtual seminar will include panel discussions, keynotes, and interactive dialogue on the topic of clean construction practices from rethinking material use and reuse of resources to decarbonizing construction practices in the construction industry.

This is the first session, on September 22nd, which will focus on empowering decision makers to think about how the private sector and governments can integrate cleaner construction practices and green economy principles, which are integral to a green economic recovery. In addition, the panel discussion will address essential cleaner construction practices for reducing environmental impacts of the built environment, from natural resource conservation to mitigating the impacts of climate change.

Speakers include:

Rick Cotton, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey;

Shawn LaTourette, Deputy Commissioner & Chief of Staff of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection;

Amanda Lefton, NYS First Assistant Secretary for Energy and the Environment;

Cheryl McKissack Daniels, CEO of McKissack & McKissack;

Melissa Targett, Sustainable Design Manager at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey;

Cecile Faraud, Clean Construction Programme Lead at C40;

Chris Erickson, CEO of Climate Earth; and

Christine Weydig, Director of the Office of Environmental and Energy Programs at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

To register for either or both days please visit the WebEx registration portal.

The second session, on September 23rd, will focus on concrete examples of clean construction and case studies to inspire future application and implementation of cleaner methods and materials in new construction. Our keynote and panelists will discuss case studies that have elevated low-carbon materials or circular materials as well as methods of tracking, information sharing, and understanding cleaner construction practices. For more information on this session, please visit the additional event page

Please join us for this two-day virtual seminar during Climate Week 2020. To register please visit the WebEx registration portal.

At the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, we keep the region moving by air, land, rail and sea. With engineering in our DNA, we are shaping the future of the region with groundbreaking yet practical facilities and systems built for the 21st century. The Port Authority is committed to the long-term sustainability of the region while meeting the critical infrastructure needs of New York and New Jersey. We are the first public transportation agency in the United States to embrace the Paris Agreement, setting aggressive interim greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets that call for a 35 percent reduction by 2025 and reaffirming the agency’s commitment to an 80 percent reduction by 2050. The decision to embrace the Paris Agreement is consistent with the pledges made by New York and New Jersey as part of the U.S. Climate Alliance.