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Biden-Harris Administration Begins Inflation Reduction Act Implementation with Buy Clean Announcement

Sep 15, 2022

Contact: Emily Samsel,, 828-713-9647

Washington, D.C. – Today, in response to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan, and Deputy National Climate Advisor Ali Zaidi’s announcement that the government will ‘Buy Clean’ and prioritize the purchase of key low carbon construction materials, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from Government Affairs Advocate Sara Fontes:

“Today’s announcement further advances the administration’s all-of-government approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating the climate crisis, and marks an early step in the implementation of the significant job-creating industrial investments in the historic Inflation Reduction Act signed into law just a few weeks ago. We know robust executive and state action will be crucial to meeting President Biden’s goal of reducing climate pollution by 50% by 2030, and we applaud the administration on this important step forward.

“The actions announced today will not only leverage the massive purchasing power of the federal government by prioritizing the purchase of key low-carbon construction materials accounting for 98% of materials purchased by the federal government but will also expand the use of these materials in federally-funded projects, particularly in the transportation sector. We’re thrilled that the administration also announced its intention to work with states to expand Buy Clean initiatives, to increase supply chain transparency, and to launch pilot programs across the country – all supported by investments included in the Inflation Reduction Act.

“Together, these important initiatives will help expand and secure the market for clean materials, reduce emissions from hard to decarbonize industrial sectors, and deliver on President Biden’s promise to revitalize American manufacturing while creating good-paying union jobs.”