plant was a runner-up for the PCA’s Overall Environmental Excellence Award. This honor is given to a plant demonstrating merit in several environmental categories, including outreach, environmental performance, land stewardship, innovation, and energy efficiency. The plant was also named runner-up in the land stewardship category.
In 2009, the plant took several steps to reduce its environmental impact, including the installation of enclosed conveyor belts that minimized material spills, it eliminated fugitive dust, and it improved the appearance of the facility. The Lyons plant has implemented a multi-pronged “no visible emissions” program. These efforts helped CEMEX USA to be selected in March 2010 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the second consecutive year as the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.
A recycling program at CEMEX Lyons has also reduced waste material generation and disposal in 2009 by 50 percent. The plant has strong partnerships with schools and the community. It provides access for groups to use portions of the plant’s land and quarry for their education and specialized training. Specifically, it has provided a place to train for the local Fire Protection Districts, area law enforcement agencies, Colorado Army National Guard units, Boy Scout troops and other area groups. The CEMEX Lyons plant has worked diligently throughout the year on a land stewardship program. Activities in 2009 included moving storage piles closer to the point of use and revegetating the old storage areas, and paving high-traffic areas. Re-vegetation of the land is performed with a variety of native grasses and shrubs, as well as xeriscape species. The plant also leases land to local ranchers who help the plant to remove noxious weeds through rotational grazing and targeted grazing by goats. This minimizes the use of herbicides and promotes water conservation. To promote biodiversity, the CEMEX Lyons plant established wildlife habitat for raptors, eagles and other birds of prey, and it has teamed with the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, a local non-profit organization, in order to provide a release site for rehabilitated wildlife.