Texas is home to 7 of the 15 fastest growing large cities and with population growth comes the need for more construction. Employing operating efficiencies, developing sustainable features, and good resource management are all more important than ever. From water and energy conservation focused designs to using reclaimed and sustainably harvested materials, to doing landscape scale restoration projects, construction industry leaders are taking great strides to incorporate conservation as part of their growth.
CEMEX has cemented its role as an industry leader, supporting alternative fuels, energy-saving initiatives and landscape scale restoration initiatives via conservation areas and corridors in Texas.
The Mexico-based global building materials company with its U.S. headquarters in Houston is a heavyweight in the Texas construction industry: Texas operations include a cement plant, the largest crushed stone quarry in the U.S. by volume and more than twenty ready-mix concrete plants.
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In addition to incorporating alternative fuels and energy-saving initiatives into operations, CEMEX is a founding partner in the El Carmen Land and Conservation Company, LLC (ECLCC), a partnership that owns and manages a conservation area along the Rio Grande that shares boundaries with Big Bend National Park, Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Black Gap WMA and another CEMEX conservation project in Mexico.
The ECLCC lands sprawl over 27,000 acres in the U.S., with dramatic landscapes including desert lowlands, mountains and canyons, as well as six miles of Rio Grande frontage. Prior to CEMEX’s purchase of the lands, they had been over-utilized for years. Billy Pat McKinney, CEMEX Land Manager, and Bonnie McKinney, Wildlife Coordinator, are restoring the native wildlife and Chihuahuan Desert landscape through habitat enhancements, water source development and land restoration. The land offers safe and vital dispersal corridors to reestablish populations of black bears, bighorn sheep, mule deer and other species while serving as a migratory stop for birds. The ECLCC works cooperatively with agencies and adjoining landowners to conserve area biodiversity.
CEMEX’s other environmental projects include its Balcones Dry Comal Creek Wildlife Habitat Center in New Braunfels, where efforts are underway to increase the site’s biodiversity, promote environmental stewardship and provide educational opportunities for the local community. CEMEX actively partners with conservation organizations including Texas Bighorn Society, Quail Coalition of Texas, and state and federal agencies like the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Texas Parks and Wildlife.
“Globally, society is challenged by resource scarcity and biodiversity loss,” says Scott Ducoff, Regional President of Texas. “At CEMEX, we recognize the intrinsic value of nature, and by conserving land, biodiversity and water locally, CEMEX helps contribute to solving these challenges.”