TROUTVILLE, Va., April 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Roanoke Cement Company (RCC) was the recipient of a Silver Honor at the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards on March 28. 33rd Annual Environmental Virginia Symposium Hosted by the Virginia Military Institute Center for Leadership and Ethics. The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards recognize successful and innovative efforts to improve Virginia’s environment. The award program is run by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ) in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation and recognizes organizations or facilities that can document the success of their sustainability program.
“We are pleased to recognize Roanoke Cement as our Silver Medal winner and top industrial sustainability program applicant for the 2023 Governors Environmental Excellence Awards,” said Meghan Quinn, Manager of Pollution Prevention, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. “RCC was recognized for its outstanding energy management achievements and other environmental initiatives such as total waste reduction but the sustainability innovation and total involvement of workers from top to bottom really caught our attention.”
The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award – Sustainability Category recognizes applicants who meet the needs of the present while minimizing future impacts. Applicants were graded on their environmental outcomes, cost savings and other economic benefits derived from sustainability programs, internal involvement in planning, development and implementation, and applicant leadership and innovation.
“Our entire organization is extremely proud that the governor and VADEQ have awarded RCC the Environmental Excellence Medal for Sustainability,” said Kevin Baird, President of Titan America’s Mid-Atlantic Business Unit. “As a mining and construction company, we believe that sound environmental practices and continuous improvement best serve our employees, customers, the community and all stakeholders. We are inspired by this recognition and pledge our continued commitment to the endeavor. Are.”
Located on 2,500 acres in the Appalachian Mountains near the limestone deposits needed to manufacture cement, RCC is the only cement plant in the Commonwealth of Virginia. RCC’s intense focus on sustainable practices and environmental excellence is complemented by its sprawling campus and the natural beauty surrounding the plant.
The RCC has made great strides within the last five years in the areas of air quality, water management, energy-saving, waste reduction and wildlife habitat improvement. RCC has earned EPA Energy Star, ISO 50001 Energy Management, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) has worked with True Zero Waste and the Portland Cement Association to develop environmental and energy savings strategies and measures for its performance and achievements.
RCC has earned 16 consecutive EPA Energy Star honors and is one of only two cement plants in the country to meet the ISO 50001 standard. (The other is its sister plant, Pennusco.) RCC was accredited by the US Green Building Council, with significant alternative fuel use and gold level receiving the GBCI Zero Waste certification. RCC has completely transitioned from Ordinary Portland Cement to Type IL Portland-Limestone Cement, which has a lower carbon impact of about 15%.
Lindsey Layman, Environmental Manager at RCC, said, “RCC’s trout pond with fishing dock, beehive, Catawba Creek Cleanup Annual Program and stream bank improvement program with 16,000 tree plantings demonstrate our culture of innovation and environmental sustainability. ” “Our team has hosted numerous groups and plant tours; most recently the Roanoke Valley Chapter of the National Association for Women in Construction.”
Roanoke Cement is a subsidiary of Titan America, LLC (www.titanamerica.com). Its family of companies is leading heavy construction materials producers in the Eastern United States. Titan America is headquartered in Norfolk, VA and its subsidiaries produce cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete, concrete block and refined fly ash. Titan America is a member of Titan Cement Group, an international cement and construction materials producer. The group employs around 5,500 people and is present in more than 15 countries. In its 120-year history, it has aspired to meet the needs of society while contributing to sustainable development with responsibility and integrity. For more information, visit www.titan-cement.com.
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