COMMITMENT TO OUR ENVIRONMENT
We take pride in our efforts to continually reduce our carbon footprint through energy efficiency and effective energy reduction programs. Cemstone is the Central Regional winner of the 2016 NRMCA Commitment to Environmental Excellence Award.
We are a leading environmentally and socially progressive construction materials company and a recognized leader in sustainable concrete technologies, such as pervious concrete, and the application of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) practices.
Cemstone’s commitment to the environment helps define our culture and guides our business. Building with the best means Cemstone is committed to bringing you the highest quality products and services in the construction materials industry.
By developing sustainable practices while reconciling economic and ecological goals, we are continuously realizing positive outcomes.
Increasing Resource Productivity
By using materials that “do more with less”, valuable resources are conserved. For example, by increasing the use of fly ash (an industrial byproduct) in place of cement, material is re-used while the carbon dioxide emissions from cement manufacturing are reduced.
Increasing Resource Recovery
By finding a market for recycled materials, less cost and space is needed for the disposal of “waste”. Leftover concrete brought back to Cemstone plants is dried and crushed into a recycled base fill material. Cemstone has several locations across Minnesota and western Wisconsin that accept old concrete for processing.
Cemstone administers an extensive energy audit of its facilities to identify ways to conserve resources and cut costs.
Recycling and Re-use of Process Water
Cemstone has constructed WEIR recycling structures at several of its batch plant facilities. As the industry’s #1 environmental concern, Cemstone is committed to find innovative practices for the treatment and re-use of process water.
Dust and particulate matter (PM) are common sources of pollution in the concrete manufacturing industry. At its metro area ready mix and bagging plants Cemstone employs a high performance sweeper to meet strict emissions requirements.
Long-range future planning for Cemstone’s sand & gravel operations is crucial to ensure good returns on the property as well as promote stable environments with native vegetation. Learn more about our Prairie Restoration and Wetland Preservation projects.
Environmental Management System (EMS)
Through continual improvement of best management practices (BMPs) during site visits, Cemstone is able to maintain a strong environmental management system with documentation in site-specific environmental folders that record all environmental efforts at each location.
Designing environmentally-sound sites, with the use of pervious concrete and closed-loop systems, reduce water runoff and minimize energy costs.
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