Onsite butterfly release with students from Vanguard elementary school
October 19, 2017.
The Victorville Cement Plant and Quarry received WHC Conservation Certification for its ongoing sustainability, environmental-protection and land-stewardship efforts.
CEMEX’s Victorville Cement Plant and Quarry celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016 and has supplied cement for iconic projects like the Hoover Dam and Hollywood Blvd. During that same year, the site received Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Conservation Certification for its ongoing sustainability, environmental-protection and land-stewardship efforts. Since 2016, all of CEMEX’s cement plants in the United States are WHC-certified.
Protecting biodiversity and promoting nature conservation are initiatives that continue to grow at CEMEX each year. The Victorville facility is located in the Mojave Desert, one of the most unique and ecologically sensitive areas in the U.S. with an average annual rainfall of 3 inches. The team advances California’s water-conservation goals through conscientious planning, land management, and sustainable practices. In January 2012, the team created an Oasis in the Desert by installing a pond and planting palm trees, hollyhock bushes, mesquite trees and other nature elements for wildlife. The hollyhock bushes were planted specifically for the Painted Lady Butterfly as part of a butterfly-release project with youth from Vanguard elementary and middle schools.
Furthermore, the facility is an active member of the community through its partnerships and engagement with local schools. Students frequently visit the site. Activities include learning about the geological features of the quarry, land reclamation, and the importance of mining operations.
Additionally, in 2016 the plant accepted the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s Exemplar Award in recognition of its energy-cutting measures and renewable-energy projects which have dramatically reduced the facility’s carbon footprint. The Exemplar Award is awarded annually by the local regulatory agency to High Desert entities that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to clean air through the development of voluntary activities that reduce or prevent air-pollution emissions. One of the ways the plant reduces emissions is through the use of four wind turbines that generate a total of 6.2 megawatts of wind energy for the facility. The power generated from the wind turbines at the Victorville plant is equivalent to powering nearly 1,500 average-sized American households annually. The turbines, which have zero emissions, prevent more than 11,000 tons of CO2 emissions each year.
Sustainability is embedded into CEMEX’s day-to-day operations and business strategy. As a leader in the industry’s path toward a more sustainable future, the Victorville facility strives to minimize the environmental impact of its operations by increasing the use of renewable-energy sources, continually enhancing energy-management practices, and being a responsible steward of the land and biodiversity within and around its operations.
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