CEMEX USA’s Victorville Cement Plant, a Southern California staple that has recently celebrated its 100th anniversary and has over that time supplied cement for iconic projects like the Hoover Dam and Hollywood Blvd, received Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Conservation Certification for its ongoing sustainability, environmental-protection and-stewardship efforts.
WHC presented the Victorville plant with the certification November 3rd during a ceremony at the 2016 WHC Conservation Conference in Baltimore. The designation means all CEMEX USA’s cement plants in the United States are now WHC-certified.
WHC focuses on healthy ecosystems and connected communities. CEMEX now has 18 WHC-certified sites in North America. Fifteen are in the US.
CEMEX’s WHC Conservation Certification programs are mainly focused on habitat restoration and sustainability. In 2013, two wind turbines were commissioned at the Victorville plant generating electricity that can power more than 500 homes. The plant earned its fifth ENERGY STAR certification this year for reducing its energy use and environmental impact. The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District awarded CEMEX USA’s Victorville plant operation the 2015/2016 Exemplar Award, the district’s highest honour for reducing carbon footprints, to recognise these efforts.
The Victorville Cement Plant was established in 1916 and underwent extensive expansions in 1997 and 2001. Today, it has the capacity to produce more than 3 million tonnes of cement annually to provide the building blocks for schools, roadways and homes across California, Nevada and Arizona.