Chicago, Il. September 17, 2020 – The Portland Cement Association (PCA) today awarded the Holcim Holly Hill cement plant in South Carolina with its 2020 Land Stewardship award. The annual honor recognizes an industry participant that “goes above and beyond” what is required to provide environmental solutions at a facility. The award is the result of Holly Hill’s multi-year, multi-million-dollar effort to re-divert a local stream, Home Branch creek, back to its original path. The effort will protect the future of nearby wetlands and ensure that natural floodplains are maintained.
“It’s important that facilities like ours prioritize sustainable activities in the communities we serve,” said Michael LeMonds, vice president, Environment, Land and Government Affairs at LafargeHolcim. “We regularly meet with local leaders through our community advisory committee, and this project was a great partnership supported by all involved.”
In addition to the wetland benefits, the plant will also benefit from reduced groundwater infiltration into its quarry, improving environmental performance at the site.
“We are actively exploring ways to reduce our environmental footprint throughout the company’s U.S. fleet of cement plants,” said Mr. LeMonds. “It is one of the core pillars of our approach to sustainability. Better land management helps us create shared value for our community partners.”
In addition to this latest project, the plant annually recycles more than 400 kilotons of material as alternative fuel reducing waste. You can find out more about the awards at PCA’s website https://www.cement.org/.
LafargeHolcim is the global leader in building materials and solutions and active in four business segments: Cement, Aggregates, Ready-Mix Concrete and Solutions & Products. Its ambition is to lead the industry in reducing carbon emissions and shifting towards low-carbon construction. With the strongest R&D organization in the industry, the company seeks to constantly introduce and promote high-quality and sustainable building materials and solutions to its customers worldwide - whether individual homebuilders or developers of major infrastructure projects. LafargeHolcim employs over 70,000 employees in over 70 countries and has a portfolio that is equally balanced between developing and mature markets.
In the United States, LafargeHolcim companies include close to 350 sites in 43 states and employ 7,000 people. Our customers rely on us to help them design and build better communities with innovative solutions that deliver structural integrity and eco-efficiency.
Kelly Brown, Communications
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