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Date 12/09/2014

Lafarge U.S. Conservation Programs Grow Through Wildlife Habitat Council Certification

Chicago, IL

Lafarge North America Inc.

 

Nine conservation projects at Lafarge North America sites across the United States were certified or recertified this year by the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC). Six of these projects fall under WHC's Wildlife at Work program, which oversees voluntary efforts that go beyond regulatory requirements to restore and conserve wildlife habitats on corporate-owned land. The remaining three projects operate under WHC's Corporate Lands for Learning certification, which goes a step further by opening up corporate lands to the local community for educational use.

 

"WHC has been an invaluable partner in helping us fulfill our environmental sustainability goals over the years," says Craig Campbell, Vice President of Environment, for Lafarge U.S. "These programs validate our sites' commitment to operate as integrated, non-disruptive members of the surrounding ecosystem, which is one of the values we hold as stewards of the land. Our commitment to this value and ability to share lessons learned with local students and community groups is a unique opportunity to foster a sustainable cycle of environmental consciousness with long-lasting positive impacts."

 

Since 2008, Lafarge has been working with WHC to restore and preserve habitats where they operate through projects that promote the diversity of native plants and animals. The Lafarge programs certified under WHC's Corporate Lands for Learning also serve as hands-on outdoor classrooms for local schools and community groups. Examples of these conservation initiatives include planting trees and shrubs to enhance habitats, establishing gardens that attract essential pollinators, mounting bird houses, building brush piles to provide cover for animals, and building and maintaining water supplies.  Within Lafarge's U.S. businesses, we support migratory birds and ecosystems from New Orleans to Upper Michigan and a significant portion of the North East U.S.

 

WHC works with businesses to translate corporate sustainability goals and objectives into measurable real-world action that address a habitat's most pressing needs. By building collaboration among corporations, other conservation organizations, government agencies and local residents, WHC conservation programs strive to build healthy ecosystems and connected communities. With the addition of these certified and recertified projects, Lafarge and WHC now operate a total of 25 programs in 10 states across the U.S.

 

WHC-Certified or Recertified Projects for 2014:

  • Alpena Plant and Paxton Quarry, Alpena, Mich.*
  • Ravena Plant, Ravena, N.Y.
  • Whitehall Cement Plant, Whitehall, Pa.
  • Lordstown Construction Recovery, Warren, Ohio*
  • Honey Island Aggregates, Pearl River, La.
  • Muskegon Terminal, Muskegon, Mich.
  • Sun City Aggregates, Sun City, Ariz.

 

*Certified for both Wildlife at Work and Corporate Lands for Learning

Contact:

Joëlle Lipski-Rockwood,
Director of Communications, U.S.
Ph: 303.895.0455

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge") has close to 200 industrial and distribution sites and approximately 2,600 employees in 39 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 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 websitewww.lafarge.com

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