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Date 20/08/2014

Lafarge North America Joins With Living Lands and Waters on Chicagoland River Cleanup

Chicago, IL

Lafarge North America Inc.

 

Last week, Lafarge North America employees volunteered for a Living Lands and Waters river cleanup of the Des Plains River in Channahon, IL, near the Lafarge U.S. Joliet Quarry, as part of their national commitment to the organization. Earlier this summer, Living Lands and Waters received a $20,000 donation on behalf of Lafarge U.S. and its employees.

 

"Last week's volunteer efforts were a wonderful way for our employees to help clean up the environment we work in and improve the lives of our neighbors," said Craig Campbell, vice president, public affairs, environment and land, Lafarge U.S. "Lafarge U.S. is eager to continue our work with this and other environmental and community organizations around the country to help build better cities and communities." 

 

Approximately 30 Lafarge U.S. employees donated their time to help the cleanup that ran along the Illinois River at Big Basin Marina. Using boats provided by Living Lands and Waters, volunteers from the Lafarge U.S. corporate office and its West Aggregates operations collected, totaling around 2,010 pounds of trash, including seven tires and a random bowling ball.

 

"Thank you to Living Lands and Waters and their CEO, Chad Pregracke for helping to organize this opportunity to give back to our community," said Matthew Dantinne, product line general manager, Lafarge U.S. - West Aggregates. "We all take pride in our community, and it's wonderful to have the chance to come together as a team to clean and protect our environment." 

 

Living Lands and Waters is a nonprofit environmental organization with a mission to aid in the protection, preservation and restoration of the nation's major rivers and their watersheds. The organization works with volunteers to expand awareness of environmental issues and ignite communities into taking responsibility for a cleaner river environment. Spending up to nine months a year living and traveling on a barge, the Living Lands and Waters crew hosts river cleanups, watershed conservation initiatives, workshops and other preservation efforts. President & Founder Chad Pregracke founded the organization at 23 years old in 1998 after spending years working as both a commercial shell diver and fisherman on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers and realizing how much trash was accumulating along their banks due to neglect.

 

"Environmental stewardship is everyone's responsibility, and these types of projects are essential to our conservation efforts," said Pregracke. "The work we do with Lafarge, and other volunteers, supports the community and helps us improve our nation's waterways."

 

Lafarge U.S. donates time and money to environmental and community programs like Living Lands and Waters across the United States as part of its commitment to volunteering and building better cities and communities. Lafarge has worked with Living Lands and Waters since 2003 as either a corporate sponsor or on localized river cleanup projects. Future 2014 events will include the Paducah Marine Challenge and Ohio River cleanup, both in September, and a New Orleans area cleanup in December. As one of the country's leading building materials suppliers, Lafarge U.S. is committed to developing the materials to make stronger communities and working with local organizations to make a difference in communities where they operate.

Contact:

Joëlle Lipski-Rockwood, Director of Communications, U.S.

Ph: 303-895-0455
joelle.lipski-rockwood@lafarge.com

 

INFORMATIONS COMPLÉMENTAIRES

Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge") has close to 200 industrial and distribution sites and approximately 2,700 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 committed to contributing to Building Better Cities and being active in local environment, education and sustainable construction partnerships including the Wildlife Habitat Council, Habitat for Humanity, the American Institute of Architectural Students and the National Building Museum. More information is available on the Lafarge North America website: www.lafarge-na.com



Lafarge S.A., together with its subsidiaries (the "Lafarge Group" or the "Group"), is the world leader in building materials and employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of €15.2 billion in 2013. 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. More information is available on the Lafarge Group's website: www.lafarge.com

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