North / South America
Lafarge’s Harbour Readymix Plant teams with Earth Foundation
Jun, 15 2012
(Vancouver,Canada) -- Admiral Sseymour School is Lafarge's neighbor, located on the downtown Eastside in a lightindustrial area of Vancouver between Commercial Drive and Chinatown, along the Hastings Corridor. The school is designated as an Inner-City school and has identified its students as among the most vulnerable in British Columbia.
The school had the opportunity to team up with the Earth Foundation for a large scale public art environmental project. Lafarge provided the funding to enable Admiral Seymour's 133 students to partake in the creation of a public mural and Environmental learning experience.
The Earth Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 by artist Todd Polich dedicated to the conservation of the environment, spotlighting the ecosystems found in North American's Coastal Rainforests. The organization encourages environmental awareness through life-size public arts projects depicting endangered species in their natural habitats.
The main objective of Earth Foundation is to inform, educate, and inspire actions of conservation, focusing on climate change, critical rainforest preservation, and preventable species/habitat loss due to human activity.
The intention is to work with elementary schools and community to raise ecological awareness, and inspire communities to make positive change to the world around them. The Earth Foundation uses art as means to bridge the emotional and information gap between individuals and communities and the conservation of our Environment. Using simple, powerful, positive images, the art aspires to encourage people to take action from a place of inspiration.
Lafarge Canada Inc.'s (LCI) has two main operating units, Western Canada and Eastern Canada. Operations in Western Canada span over half a century beginning in 1956 with the construction of a cement plant in Richmond, BC. Today, LCI - Western Canada has over 4,000 employees and 200 industrial sites in the 4 western provinces, and a sales territory with its affiliates that extends Canada-wide as well as to the Pacific Northwest and the Dakotas.
LCI is active in environment, education and sustainable construction partnerships in Western Canada including the Rocky Mountain Conservation program with WWF-Canada and a NetZero Precast Concrete home with Habitat for Humanity.
Located in 64 countries with 68,000 employees, Lafarge is a world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in its Cement, Aggregates & Concrete businesses. In 2011, Lafarge posted sales of 15.3 billion euros.
For the second year in a row, Lafarge ranked amongst the top-10 of 500 companies evaluated by the "Carbon Disclosure Project" in recognition of their strategy and actions against global warming. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.
Additional information is available at: www.lafarge.com
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