Vulcan Materials receive special conservation award
US firm recognized for its commitment to environmental education and sustainability
VULCAN Materials Company have been awarded the prestigious ‘Conservation Education’ award at the Wildlife Habitat Council's 26th annual symposium, for their outstanding national legacy in wildlife habitat conservation education and outreach.
‘It is a tremendous honour for the company, and for our employees, to be recognized for our commitment to environmental education and sustainability,’ said Tom Hill, president and CEO of Vulcan Materials. ‘Many of our sites are located in and around areas with limited habitat for wildlife. By preserving portions of our land and establishing designated habitat areas, we provide sanctuaries for many plant and animal species.’
The Conservation Education award recognizes a corporation that has a history of striving for excellence in conservation education and outreach. The award honours an organization for its combined efforts in providing educational experiences and opportunities for personal contact with the natural world, benefiting both employees and the surrounding community.
Nominees for the Conservation Education Award were selected from member corporations that submit applications for corporate lands for learning certification or re-certification in a given year.
Margaret O'Gorman, president of the Wildlife Habitat Council, said: ‘We applaud Vulcan Materials Company for its outstanding commitment to establishing site-based education programmes, linked soundly to habitat enhancement projects.
This award is not for one specific programme at one specific site. But rather, it honours the entire company for its collective efforts in providing quality and accessible education experiences and opportunities in the communities where Vulcan operates throughout the country.’
In addition to receiving the conservation award at the conference, Vulcan's Liberty Quarry (South Carolina) was a finalist for the Upland Wildlife Management award, and in Duck's Unlimited 2014 Wings Over Wetlands category. Liberty High School, one of Vulcan's 286 partners in education, won the Wildlife Habitat Council’s ‘Community Partner of the Year’ award.