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The Knoxville Cement Plant makes voluntary efforts to conserve birds and pollinators as part of its ongoing partnership with the Wildlife Habitat Council.

August 24, 2017.

CEMEX Knoxville Cement Plant Conservation Program

The Knoxville Cement Plant demonstrates how industry and nature can successfully co-exist

CEMEX

Throughout the day, employees at the Knoxville Cement Plant observe and enjoy a wide variety of birds and butterflies at the birdfeeders and in the pollinator garden, located just outside the windows of the main office building. The pollinator garden was created in 2013 with the help of special needs adults from Tennessee Baptist Adult Homes. It is designed with fruit trees and a variety of flowers planted inside whiskey-barrel planters. In addition, the pollinator garden has eastern bluebird nesting boxes along the edges of this designated habitat that were assembled in partnership with the Cub Scouts in 2012. In 2017, the pollinator garden was replenished by employees with new flowering plants in celebration of Earth Day. The pollinator garden and other dedicated wildlife habitats throughout the plant provide valuable educational opportunities for employees and community members. Through these ongoing efforts, the Knoxville Cement Plant has earned Conservation Certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council since 2011.

The Knoxville plant focuses not only on helping pollinators on its property, but also on community education and collaboration with local schools.

The plant adopted Chilhowee Intermediate School and Holston Middle School under the Adopt-A-School program more than a decade ago, and has maintained those relationships through continuous participation in the schools’ reading programs for at-risk students, the annual career fair for eighth graders, and the Schooled for Success summer internship program for Knox County students.

On April 28, 2016, the plant celebrated Earth Day with its 3rd Annual Butterfly Release. The event was held at the Tank Strickland Park, a local community park that the plant adopted in 2012. More than 80 students from Freedom Christian Academy participated in the event by releasing 200 butterflies in the park. Hands-on environmental education for plant employees, local students, and members of the community is one of the many ways that the Knoxville Cement Plant demonstrates how industry and nature can successfully co-exist.