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Date 10/23/2013

Lafarge's Lordstown Construction Recovery Plant Takes Corporate Conservation to the Next Level

Chicago, IL

Lafarge North America Inc.


LORDSTOWN, Ohio - The Lafarge North America Lordstown Construction Recovery (LCR) facility today served as an outdoor classroom for students from Youngstown State University and nearby Lordstown High School. The students worked on a plant and animal species identification project at the facility's wildlife preserve as part of their respective schools' biology curriculums, and provided input about future conservation programs at the site that qualify for the Wildlife Habitat Council's (WHC) Corporate Lands for Learning certification.


Since 2008, WHC's "Wildlife at Work" program has certified conservation projects at Lafarge's Lordstown plant as voluntary efforts that go beyond regulatory requirements to restore and conserve the site's 94-acre wildlife habitat area. Today, the plant seeks to take its partnerships with WHC and the local community a step further to become a center for outdoor education. 


"What's happening here today is something we want to see happen on a regular basis," said Plant Supervisor Tim Wirtz, who heads up the plant's partnership with WHC. "That's why we're working with WHC to develop programs that qualify for the Corporate Lands for Learning certification. We're proud of the conservation work we've done here and we want to see the land used in ways that benefit everyone."


WHC programs are designed to provide structure for corporate efforts to restore and preserve the environments in which they operate. Community involvement is a key component of these programs, which highlight the interdependence of ecology, industry, economics and communities.


WHC Education Specialist Rob Campbell was also at the Lafarge Lordstown site today to provide expert guidance on the types of ongoing projects that will benefit the site's native environment, as well as the local students who use the site's land for learning.


"What's particularly important at this site is that there are roughly 90 acres of wetlands," said Campbell. "According to the Ohio EPA, about 90 percent of the state's original wetlands have been destroyed or degraded, so there's a lot of potential for educational programs that focus on the importance of this endangered ecosystem in the state. Another idea is to create gardens to attract pollinators like bees and dragonflies, as pollinator habitats have been on the decline across the United States."


The Lafarge site in Lordstown has already hosted students and community organizations interested in outdoor education.


"We've had kids from the local 4H come out to help us build and mount birdhouses throughout the wildlife area," said Wirtz. "The land has also been used by kids involved in the Trumbull Soil and Water Conservation District's Watershed Field School summer program, as well as the Ohio Ornithological Society, a group that works with Ohio State University. In fact, this group identified 26 different species of birds living on site."


"Many large corporations own vast tracts of land that are typically closed off to the public," Campbell added. "Lafarge is one corporation that has really opened up their lands to benefit the local communities where they operate - not just here in Lordstown, but at several of their North American locations. It's really commendable." 


"Today's event is a nice realization of our corporate values, our commitment to biodiversity and a great chance to work with our communities," says Lafarge Lordstown Plant Manager Michael Nelson. "Building better cities and communities is not just about houses, bridges and highways but also green space and balance with the environment.  A Corporate Lands for Learning initiative brings this together in one place for our schools and allows us to give back to the community which is an important element to Lafarge." 


Joëlle Lipski-Rockwood

Director of Communications, U.S.

Ph: 303-895-0455


Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge") has more than 260 industrial and distribution sites and approximately 3,000 employees in 40 States in its U.S. cement, aggregate and concrete businesses. Lafarge U.S. is an operating unit of Lafarge North America Inc. Lafarge is active in local environment, education and sustainable construction partnerships including the Wildlife Habitat Council, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, Habitat for Humanity, the American Institute of Architectural Students and the National Building Museum.

Lafarge S.A., together with its subsidiaries (the "Lafarge Group" or the "Group"), is the world leader in building materials and employs 65,000 people in 64 countries, and posted sales of €15.8 billion in 2012. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, the Group contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. Lafarge North America Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Lafarge Canada Inc., are Lafarge Group companies, and together constitute the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada. 


With the world's leading building materials research facility, the Lafarge Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. Since 2010, the Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark in recognition of its sustainable development actions. More information is available on the Lafarge Group's website:

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