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www.rockproducts.com ROCK products • April 2017 • 55 ENVIRONMENT College students in northern California learned about restoring the environ- ment by participating in a special field trip to Cemex USA's retired Olympia Quarry near Santa Cruz, Calif. About 25 students from a Restoration and Ecology class from the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) toured the site in January to discover the recla- mation efforts underway at the facility. Reclamation at the Olympia Quarry began in 2005 after the facility closed. Crews from Cemex and Jodi McGraw Consulting are currently restoring native vegetation and endangered spe- cies habitat to the site. "The reclamation is part of a plan to help some of the endangered species in the area," said Debbie Haldeman, Cemex's regional natural resources manager in northern California and Nevada. "This will help revive the eco- system and teaching college students about what's being done, will help Cemex Teaches UCSC Students Strength of Reclamation them give back to the community in the future." Crews are removing invasive plant species like the Portuguese broom and silver wattle. They are also replanting vegetation native to the Santa Cruz Sandhills Mountains. The project is aimed it replenishing the natural beauty of the land, but also to provide habitats for two endangered species, the Zayante band-winged grasshopper and the Mount Herman June beetle. "Northern California is a special place, and we want to make sure it continues to be vibrant," Cemex USA West Region President Eric Wittman said. "Reclama- tion projects like this show just how much Cemex cares about sustainability and conserving the land where we live and work." The UCSC students learned of the mining operations that happened at the Olympia site for more than 80 years. Cemex is closely following the require- ments of SMARA, California's Surface Mining and Reclamation Act. The com- pany hopes to host more students for these types of projects in the future. The Western Division of Vulcan Mate- rials Co. has been recognized by the International Organization of Standard- ization (ISO) with 14001 recertification for its Reliance facility, located in Irwin- dale, Calif. Vulcan's Reliance facility, which produces asphalt and construction aggregates, has maintained this certi- fication for eight years as a pro-active measure to decrease its environmental footprint through continuous improve- ment measures. By maintaining ISO 14001 certification, Vulcan is continu- ing to meet the needs of the growing green construction market while also promoting sustainability. ISO 14001 is the international standard that details requirements necessary for an effective environ- mental management system (EMS). Participation in the ISO 14001 pro- cess is voluntary. The program established at the Reli- ance facility includes 19 individual continuous improvement projects with a 20th project currently in the development stage. These projects include recycling programs for alu- minum, steel, paper, asphalt and rare metals, lighting upgrades to conserve electricity, repowered diesel equip- ment to address particulate and fuel emissions, and a plant-wide dust con- trol system. "Each of the projects is critical to Vulcan's continuous improvement efforts. Our Reliance team takes great pride in always looking for innovative and appropriate methods to address resource consumption and waste reduction," according to John Janke, environmental specialist for Vulcan's Southern California sites. "We are proud to receive the ISO 14001 certification, with its recognition of o u r e nv i ro n m e n t a l s te wa rd s h i p ," said Brian Anderson, Vulcan's vice p res iden t o f p ro p erty p ermittin g and environment . "Vulcan contin- ues to maximize opportunities to m a n a g e o u r b u siness effectively while also being mindful of the environment and the communities we serve." Vulcan's Irwindale Facility Achieves ISO 14001 Re-Certification

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