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Cemstone plants earn Green-Star status

Cemstone Products’ Northfield, Minn., operation has completed audits for National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Green-Star certification as well as its Childs Road batch plant facility in St. Paul, Minn. They are two of only 14 plants in Minnesota to receive such certification.

The NRMCA Green-Star Program recognizes those facilities that have achieved environmental excellence through the use of an Environmental Management System. The program was created in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Highways Partnership and inspired by the 10 Guiding Principles of Environmental Stewardship.

“We’re honored to be recognized by the NRMCA and its Green-Star program for environmental initiatives at the Northfield plant,” said Kyle Becken, Cemstone’s South Central Regional Manager.

Among the 10 Guiding Principles of Environmental Stewardship that illustrate Cemstone’s environmental commitment are: a commitment by top management, compliance assurance, measurement and control improvement, training and development, awareness and outreach, and research and development.

“Cemstone is dedicated to reducing its environmental impact, and that is evident at our Childs Road facility,” said Alex Olin, Cemstone’s Environmental and Safety Coordinator. “Through its use of recycled aggregate in new concrete mixes and the retrofitting of the on-site loader to reduce emissions, the Childs Road plant has taken strides to reduce its environmental impact.”

Olin also notes that “the Northfield facility features advanced technologies and processes, such as a weir water-recycling system to handle wastewater and a new, cleaner burning engine for our yard loader. Of equal importance, we audit and assess our environmental performance and continually strive to do better.”