The US Portland Cement Association (PCA) has awarded Cemex USA Lyons cement plant with its 2016 Energy and Environment Award for Land Stewardship.
The Lyons plant’s award-winning land-stewardship programme, which was launched in 2008, included limiting invasive plants and weeds, and cultivating native plants to attract local wildlife and migrating birds. The plant also optimised its quarry roads to limit fugitive dust emissions, and improve energy efficiency and employee productivity.
“Cemex is committed to sustainable practices throughout our operations and to building a better future for our communities through environmental initiatives, says Cemex USA President, Ignacio Madridejos. “We are very proud of our Lyons team and their commitment to land stewardship, and it’s truly an honor to be recognized by the PCA for those efforts.”
This annual PCA award is presented for outstanding environmental and community relations efforts by cement plants throughout North America.
Previously the Lyons plant has been awarded the Wildlife Habitat Council for its diverse environmental programmes, including increasing the areas dedicated to pollinator plantings and native species to 2.33 acres. On Earth Day, plant employees installed bee boards, bat houses, and bird nests.