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Date 08/11/2012

Lafarge Chicagoland Team Organize Cleanup

Chicago, IL

Lafarge North America Inc.


Recently, employees from the Lafarge North America Chicago aggregates team participated in their third annual river clean up on the local Des Plaines River. The cleanup was organized through the environmental non-profit Living Lands & Waters and included members of the Lafarge US team from all over the Chicago area.


"The river cleanup was an amazing opportunity for us to give back and do our part for the community and the environment by helping to maintain the waterway that we use on a daily basis," said general manager for Chicago Aggregates Sean Hawley.


The afternoon cleanup was a successful show of teamwork between Lafarge and Living Lands & Waters. Using boats provided by Living Lands & Waters, the team of Lafarge volunteers were taken to two different river banks and collected three boatloads of garbage equaling 5,000 pounds within two hours. Their collection included 20 tires and even one mini fridge. Chicago Aggregates also made a monetary donation to Living Lands & Waters.


Throughout the country, Lafarge gives back to the communities surrounding its operations through environmental and community programs such as Living Lands & Waters. From the launch of its corporate Sustainability Ambitions 2020 to biodiversity and habitat projects organized by local operations, environmental stewardship is practiced at all levels.



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


Tammy Becker, Programs Manager

Living Lands & Waters

Ph: 309.236.0725


Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge") has more than 270 industrial and distribution sites and 4,200 employees in 41 States in its US cement, aggregate, concrete and gypsum businesses.  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, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete. With 68,000 employees in 64 countries, the Group posted sales of 15.3 billion Euros in 2011.  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. 


The Lafarge Group entered the global "Dow Jones Sustainability Index" in 2010 in recognition of its sustainable development actions.  For the second year in a row, the Lafarge Group ranked amongst the top 10 of 500 companies evaluated by the "Carbon Disclosure Project" in recognition of the Group's strategy and actions against global warming.  With the world's leading building materials research facility, the Lafarge Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.


Living Lands & Waters Chad Pregracke started Living Lands & Waters in 1998 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the beautification and restoration of America's major rivers and to the education of people about environmental issues. From his single boat beginning, LL&W has grown into an internationally known organization with a fleet of barges and workboats.  LL&W engages thousands of volunteers each year in river cleanups, hands-on environmental education workshops, the Great Mississippi River Cleanup, Adopt-a- River-Mile programs and the MillionTrees Project. 


For more information about Living Lands & Waters, go to


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