Buy Clean America Summit – Harnessing Government Purchasing Power to Close the Carbon Loophole

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The BlueGreen Alliance and Third Way, in partnership with ClimateWorks, invite you to participate in a one-day summit that will explore Buy Clean as a policy solution to one of the most vexing climate issues we face – the carbon loophole.

The manufacture of raw building materials like steel and cement produces 11% of total global greenhouse gas emissions and is on the rise. But because these commodities are exported around the world, the countries that consume them rarely account for the carbon it took to produce them, and manufacturers are not rewarded for making low-carbon products.

Buy Clean policies help close this “carbon loophole” by spending taxpayer dollars on climate-friendly materials for infrastructure and building projects. Widescale adoption of Buy Clean state and federal purchasing programs would reward companies that are cleaner and more efficient. It would also give American manufacturers and workers a tremendous opportunity to take the lead in growing markets for low-carbon products.

This event will bring together leaders from policy, industry, labor, NGOs, and philanthropy to discuss recent successes with Buy Clean, opportunities to expand these victories at the state and federal level, and what this could mean for U.S. manufacturers, workers, and the fight against climate change.


Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 550
Washington DC

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