Here’s what you can do:


Citizens/Taxpaying Public:

  • Contact your local and national representatives in support of policies favorable to sustainable development and resilient construction.
  • Demand long lifespan, durable construction in the built environment.
  • Look for opportunities to re-use or renovate the built environment.
  • When beginning a building or construction project, choose sustainable materials and construction practices.
  • Build with resiliency in mind to withstand extreme weather events and reduce the impact on our planet.


  • Incorporate lower-carbon cements in your specifications.
  • Consider using a performance-based mix design to reduce cement content with additives like portland-limestone cement, supplementary cementitious materials, and admixtures to achieve the project’s strength needs.
  • Look for opportunities to build with sustainability goals in mind, and encourage project owners to build with a sustainability mindset.
  • Optimize designs for the entire life cycle of the project.


Consider opportunities on the jobsite to reduce CO2 emissions by…

  • Sourcing local materials to reduce transportation emissions.
  • Replacing raw materials with recycled materials.
  • Choosing lower-emission or electric vehicles and equipment.
  • Eliminating or reducing excess lighting on site.
  • Reducing the amount of time equipment idles.
  • Finding uses for the construction debris, such as donating to a Habitat for Humanity home.
  • Ordering only the amount of concrete needed.
  • Committing to the “Contractor’s Commitment to Sustainable Building Practices” found here: Contractors-Committment-Sustainability.pdf

Policy Makers:

Implement public policy that…

  • Removes unnecessary obstacles to using lower carbon materials and carbon capture technology.
  • Accelerates the research, funding and investment in manufacturing, material innovation, and carbon capture utilization and storage technologies and associated infrastructure.
  • Streamlines regulation, siting, and permitting practices for facility and infrastructure modernization.
  • Recognizes and credits industry for CO2 reduction efforts.
  • Considers a market-based carbon price – preferably a cap and-trade mechanism consistent with core principles, including fairness, transparency, and innovation.
  • Favors market acceptance of lower-carbon cements and concrete.
  • Supports adoption of performance-based standards for building materials.
  • Considers the full product, material, and building life cycle in procurement standards and policy.
  • Promotes investments in clean fuel, energy, transportation, and industrial infrastructure.
  • Provides leakage protections for domestic manufacturers competing against less regulated imports.


  • Developers: develop with a low carbon footprint in mind.
  • Project Owners: have your design team design the space with a low carbon footprint in mind.
  • Cities: make sure building codes are up to date and demand the most stringent energy codes.

Other Industry Associations:

  • Encourage your members to do their part in achieving carbon neutrality. Use the PCA Roadmap as a template for developing your own industry’s roadmap. Contact us for guidance!
  • Share and align messaging related to the Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality.
  • Highlight industry leaders and success stories via case studies.