Contracting that includes air quality
goals help us all breathe easier.
Clean Contracting Strategies
A contract specification requires the contractor to adhere to certain requirements
during completion of the contract. Any additional costs to meet these
requirements can be built into the bid.
A contract preference may be given during the bid evaluation process to a
contractor who commits to the specification during the job.
A contract allowance, or pool of money, can be made available to the winning
bidder to cover costs of adhering to the specification. This helps level the playing
field for small contractors.
Clean contracting encourages contractors, owners
and operators of construction and off-road diesel
equipment to reduce emissions by reducing idling,
installing pollution control devices, switching to
cleaner fuels, properly maintaining equipment
and replacing vehicles or engines.
Various funding sources, such as the Federal Highway Administration’s Congestion
Mitigation and Air Quality Program (CMAQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency’s
Diesel Emissions Reduction Act funding, are available for emissions reductions from diesel
engines. These funds, in addition to local sources, can be used to support the
implementation of contract specifications. For information on funding options, visit the
Southeast Diesel Collaborative website at www. southeastdiesel.org.
For more information on clean contracting visit:
Contact Ashley Simpson at: 404-373-5832 ext. 4 or
Rebecca Watts Hull at 404-876-2900 ext. 108
Dana-Farber Yawkey Center for Cancer Care
Equipment retrofitted: 25-30 excavators, loaders, cranes, pumps, and drill rigs from 60-700
hp were retrofitted with Diesel Oxidation Catalysts (DOCs)
Ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel was used and a no idling policy was strictly enforced
Funding source: Dana-Farber Cancer Institu