When you see skyscrapers, highways, stadiums, schools, bridges or apartment buildings, you probably don’t think “reduce, reuse, recycle.” Despite their job to build new things, the construction industry takes their responsibility to the planet – conservation and sustainability – seriously. And Minnesota’s private-sector building and construction trades unions, along with their contractor, manufacturing and energy company partners, are ensuring that they do their part to protect and preserve our planet.
Here are just a few ways your union friends and neighbors are lending a hand in keeping Mother Earth green:
1. Green Masonry
Bricklayers practice green building initiatives by using sustainable materials, leading to improved air quality and better energy performance.
2. Water Re-use
As demand grows for water, plumbers help manage water resources through the Clean Water Fund, helping reclaim wastewater, stormwater, and graywater systems.
3. Solar Energy
Electrical works and millwrights recently installed a 440,000-panel solar array near North Branch, the largest in Minnesota, providing enough energy to power more than 20,000 homes.
4. Wind Energy
Union-trained carpenters and millwrights install these massive energy-saving systems.
5. Green Building
Carpenters practice green building every day by ensuring job site waste reduction and indoor environmental quality standard.
These are just a few ways your union friends and neighbors lend a hand in keeping the earth green. Visit the websites of our participating unions to learn more about their work.