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52 • ROCK products • July 2017 www.rockproducts.com ENVIRONMENT Solving the planet's water challenges has never been more urgent. A growing population, overtaxed water infrastruc- ture and increasing weather events all highlight the need for sustainable solutions. And solving water – one of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals – is foundational to economic growth, a more equitable distribution of resources and global health. Xylem, a leading global water technology company, published its 2016 Sustainabil- ity Report, which outlines its progress in advancing solutions to global water and energy resource challenges. "At Xylem, our sustainability strategy is tied directly to our business strategy, enabling sustainability to be effectively and seamlessly integrated into all we do," said Patrick Decker, president and CEO of Xylem. "While we strive to reduce our own environmental footprint, we also are investing more than ever in research and development with a keen focus on smart technologies and integrated solutions that can help our customers manage their own oper - ations more sustainably. These efforts – one customer at a time – enable us to help build more resilient communities around the globe." In the report, the company details its progress against its five-year sustainabil- ity goals, which include reducing water use by 25 percent and greenhouse gas emission intensity and waste-to-landfill by 20 percent each. Xylem increased its vitality index goal from 25 percent to 30 percent by 2020, which reflects the addition of the Sensus business, a leader in smart metering and network technol- ogies. The company defines its vitality index as the percentage of sales from products launched in the past five years. Xylem is also committed to driving external engagement on water chal- lenges in order to advance research and dialogue around sustainable water management solutions. Through Xylem Watermark, the com- pany's corporate citizenship initiative, Xylem colleagues around the world are making an impact in their own commu- nities by volunteering in water-related activities. The company's employees logged more than 21,000 volunteer hours in 2016. Earlier this month, Xylem issued a statement outlining its continued commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, highlighting the need for practical solutions and innovative technologies to help global commu- nities mitigate the impacts of climate change and adapt to its resulting effects, such as prolonged drought and increased flooding. Cemex USA Recognized by Texas Parks & Wildlife Cemex USA was recognized by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for its ongoing commitment to sustainability and land stewardship with the pres- tigious 2017 Lone Star Land Steward Award for the Trans Pecos Ecoregion. The award recognizes Cemex, the El Carmen Land & Conservation Co. LLC (ECLCC), and Josiah Austin, part owner of the ECLCC, for their dedication to excellence in wildlife and natural-re- source management through work in Texas at the El Carmen Nature Reserve, a private trans-boundary conservation area in the Big Bend region that com- prises five different ecosystems and is home to a myriad of plants, birds, mam- mals, reptiles and amphibians. Scott Ducoff, Cemex USA's regional president – Texas Region, accepted the award at a ceremony in Austin. "Cemex wants to ensure we preserve the unique landscape at El Carmen, and we strive for sustainability in everything we do," Ducoff said. "We are constantly committed to conserving the land so species that rely on it can do so for decades to come." El Carmen stretches from Texas into Mexico and is the result of conserva- tion agreements between Cemex and adjoining landowners on both sides of the border. The award from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department recog- nizes the continuing efforts to restore lands and native wildlife in the U.S. portion of El Carmen along with the commitment to protect the vital wild- life corridor and bird migration route between two countries. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Depart- ment has honored those who show dedicated stewardship of land for more than two decades with the awards. Xylem Publishes its 2016 Sustainability Report: Why We Solve Water

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