The Cemex Lyons cement plant has been recognized by the Portland Cement Association with its 2016 Energy and Environment Award for Land Stewardship.
Representatives from the Lyons, Colorado plant accepted the award on August 31 at the PCA’s annual Fall Congress meeting in Chicago.
The Energy and Environment Awards are given annually to recognize outstanding environmental and community relations efforts by cement plants throughout North America.
The Lyons plant’s land-stewardship program for 2015 included limiting invasive plants and weeds and cultivating native plants to attract local wildlife and migrating birds—an effort that was launched at the facility in 2008. The plant also optimized its quarry roads to limit fugitive dust emissions and improve energy efficiency and employee productivity. The plant has previously been recognized by the Wildlife Habitat Council for its diverse environmental programs, including increasing 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.
“Cemex is committed to sustainable practices throughout our operations and to building a better future for our communities through environmental initiatives. 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,” Ignacio Madridejos, president, Cemex, said.
“The cement industry is committed to making the highest quality product in the safest and most efficient manner possible,” said James G Toscas chief executive of the association.
“To that end, plants are constantly improving manufacturing practices and incorporating new technologies to reduce emissions, waste, and energy use. The facilities we are honoring have gone even further in working with neighboring communities to improve environmental practices.”
The Portland Cement Association created the awards program that is open to any cement manufacturing plant in North America in 2000.