WASHINGTON - The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) received a $90,000 grant from the Turner Foundation Inc., Atlanta, founded by Ted Turner. This is the second consecutive year that ABC received a grant from the Turner Foundation. The grant 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 Kirk
Pickerel, ABC president and CEO. “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
The grant from the Turner Foundation will be used to further expand the use and
participation of the green building Toolbox Talks, 15- to 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 craft professional green training to
be delivered in classroom settings and online.
In addition, ABC will develop 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.