February 2009 – AggBeat
NSSGA member companies can use the spreadsheet-type protocol to determine if their emissions are above future regulatory and Congressional thresholds and participate in voluntary emission registry programs. The calculator can evaluate (based on fuel-type, usage, and power generation source) emissions from aggregate sources, ready-mix concrete operations, asphalt plants, and pulverized minerals processing sources.
Companies can refine these GHG-related procedures when regulatory agencies and standards-setting organizations establish programs for GHG emission trading and credits.
Lafarge recognized by Wildlife Habitat Council
The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) has recognized 25 Lafarge sites around North America as part of the global effort to create and preserve wildlife habitats. Every year, the WHC issues certifications to facilities that have created new habitats and renews certifications for those facilities that continue to maintain their habitats.
“Working to preserve, protect, and restore the native habitats in and around Lafarge facilities is one of our top priorities each year,” stated Craig Campbell, vice president, environment and government affairs for Lafarge North America’s Cement Division, in a company press release. “This award recognizes the hard work by our plants and employees to rebuild native forests, expand prairie lands, and provide safe habitats for many species of animals and plants to thrive on and near our property.”
Campbell added that Lafarge’s long-standing relationship with the WHC has helped to guide the company’s efforts. “This year, Lafarge is being recognized for planting 30,000 native tree seedlings in Georgia, restoring almost 10 acres of prairie land in Mississippi, and creating a safe habitat for red-tailed hawks, northern harriers, and American kestrels to live in Quebec, in addition to many other improvements.”
Vulcan/U.S. Fish and Wildlife partner
A partnership between the James River Association, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Vulcan Materials Co., Coastal America, Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership (CWRP), and Coastal Design and Construction saved more than 500 acres of tidal freshwater marsh located at the mouth of Herring Creek in Charles City County, Va. from erosion. According to a report in the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association’s eDigest & Washington Watch newsletter, the project involved the installation of a 1,825-foot-long, sloping stone structure between the James River and the marsh that will help prevent marsh vegetation and sediment from further eroding the area known as Ducking Stool Point.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Virginia Fisheries Coordinator Office proposed the project for funding through the Department of Interior’s Cooperative Conservation Initiative (CCI) program. A $100,000 grant was provided through CCI, and the James River Association was selected to coordinate and execute the project. Vulcan provided 3,600 tons of material and its transport, valued at $69,000 for the project. CWRP provided $30,000 toward the project, and Coastal Design and Construction donated $10,000 worth of service toward the project.
Lincoln Memorial renovations completed
Renovations to the Lincoln Memorial were completed just in time for President Barack Obama’s inauguration last month, reports Skanska USA Building Inc., the project contractor. Skanska placed more than 14,000 100-pound concrete pavers between the Lincoln Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool that leads to the Washington Monument.
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