Late last year, Cemex USA announced that ten of its facilities earned conservation certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) in recognition of programs and projects that demonstrate excellence in the areas of wildlife habitat enhancement and restoration as well as conservation education.
The Kosmos Cement Plant in Louisville, Ky., received WHC’s highest certification level, gold-tier certification. The following Florida facilities earned silver-tier certification: FEC Quarry (Miami), Brooksville South (Brooksville), 474 Sand Mine (Clermont) and Gator Sand Mine (Davenport). Rounding out the certifications were cement plants in Demopolis, Ala., Knoxville, Tenn., and Lyons, Colo., as well as the Miami Cement Plant/SCL Quarry and Lake Wales (Fla.) Sand Mine.
The new recognitions reflect Cemex’s collective works in conservation with all Cemex USA cement plants having WHC-certified programs.
“Cemex is truly committed to fostering robust environmental initiatives and pursuing sustainable business practices, so it’s a real honor to have our facilities’ efforts recognized by the Wildlife Habitat Council,” Cemex USA President Ignacio Madridejos said.
Cemex’s onsite conservation projects vary in scope from large-scale habitat restoration to individual species management and community engagement. Each year, thousands of students, educators and other guests use Cemex’s habitat areas as outdoor classrooms for hands-on learning activities, building essential knowledge of key environmental concepts and conservation efforts at Cemex.
“These outstanding projects and programs are prime examples of the positive influence and impact that corporate conservation can have on biodiversity, local communities and employees,” said WHC President Margaret O’Gorman.