The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) recently awarded Pittsburgh-based Green Building Alliance $500,000 in Appalachian Regional Initiative for Stronger Economies (ARISE) program funding.
The alliance will use the funding to connect companies and workers in the region with opportunities to incorporate green building products into their buildings.
The goal is to establish an economic hub for the green building supply chain in Upper Appalachia that will accelerate the development of products, technologies, and work force pipelines.
U.S. Sens. Bob Casey (D-PA) and John Fetterman (D-PA) issued statements regarding the award.
“As the demand for a healthy and resilient built environment increases, so does the need for new materials, products, and systems,” Casey said. “I fought for this award to ensure that the workers and communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania can partake in and benefit from the growth of the green building supply chain.”
“I came to Washington to fight for forgotten communities and the rural communities of Appalachia are all too often left behind,” Fetterman said. “This funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission will help meet the increased regional and national demand for healthy, resilient buildings and infrastructure, benefiting hundreds of workers, businesses, and communities.”
ARISE was created using money from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.