Cemex donations promote protection and conservation of Edwards Aquifer

Kerry Clines

August 22, 2017

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Cemex donated $45,000 to the Edwards Aquifer Conservancy (EAC), an organization that supports and benefits the Edwards Aquifer in the hill country of Texas. This donation, which is the second of three annual donations funded by the Cemex Foundation, funds the Cemex Educator Excursion Series, which consists of hands-on workshops that promote protection and conservation of the Edwards Aquifer and its surrounding habitat in Bexar and Comal counties. Cemex and EAC launched the series at the beginning of 2016 to teach practices that protect habitat and local species, promote water conservation and sustainable agriculture, and support the development of water management solutions.

“We are honored to work jointly with a well-respected organization like the Edwards Aquifer Conservancy to educate the community about conserving and protecting important natural resources,” says Janet Krolczyk, environmental director of the Texas Region for Cemex USA, in a company press release.

“Sustainability is embedded in our day-to-day operations, and support for this effort represents our commitment to giving back to the communities in which we live, work, and operate,” says Joel Galassini, Cemex USA Regional President – Texas Region, in the press release.

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Program participants receive exclusive access to aquifer-related locations and personal interaction with Edwards Aquifer Authority staff, including geologists, hydrologists, and biologists, at no cost and can receive Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits as well. In 2016, the program included a tour through Natural Bridge Caverns near San Antonio and an underground guided trip to study caverns at the Edwards Aquifer.

“Every educator who participates in one of these excursions represents dozens of students who are tomorrow’s protectors of the Edwards Aquifer,” says Luana Buckner, executive director of EAC, in the press release. “The continued support by Cemex makes it possible to teach the concepts of water conservation, habitat preservation, and good stewardship to thousands of students across the region.”

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