EcoVision Presents First Award to Cement Company
Recently, CEMEX USA was recognized for its outstanding contributions to environmental protection and conservation awareness at the first ever EcoVision conference in Washington, D.C. on April 18, 2007. CEMEX was awarded the first EcoVisionary Award at a special dinner key-noted by Newt Gingrich, author of the upcoming book, "The Contract with the Earth," and Chairman Mark Udall of Colorado (D-CO), Chairman of the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science and Technology.
"We are proud to be the first recipients of the EcoVisionary Award. The work that CEMEX employees do every day to ensure our plants and operations are good neighbors and good environmental stewards demonstrates that as the environmental challenges grow, so does our commitment," said Gilberto Perez, President of CEMEX USA. "We are pleased to be a part of this ground breaking environmental conference and are honored to receive this award for our years of conservation and environmental stewardship," he said.
CEMEX became involved in EcoVision 2007 through its partnership and work with the International League of Conservation Photographers, Conservation International, the Wild Foundation and other members. Through this effort CEMEX continues to build upon its work to protect biodiversity, as exemplified by the El Carmen mega-corridor, a protected area that straddles the Mexico - U.S. border. Since the 1990s, CEMEX has worked to protect this rugged mountain range and its fragile biodiversity. In addition, in 1993, CEMEX began a book program with major conservation organizations including Conservation International, the World Wildlife Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the World Conservation Union, to support a wide array of conservation projects through the publishing and donation of fine art coffee table books that highlight critically-important conservation issues. The CEMEX conservation book series aims to bring awareness to the world's most threatened and precious wild spaces.
CEMEX is also involved in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Cement Sustainability Initiative, a project that continues to look for contributions in climate protection, fuels and raw materials conservation, continual improvements in employee health and safety, emissions reduction, and other key areas.
EcoVision 2007 is a bi-partisan, international environmental initiative aimed at providing the best earth monitoring information to environmental stakeholders around the world. In its first three day conference in the nation's capital, EcoVision 2007 brought together leaders in the scientific, research, non-profit environmental and conservation communities, artists, writers and U.S. companies with opinion leaders from government and academia in an unprecedented forum of the future of environmental innovation. It was designed to be a collaboration of the best minds for the best solutions working together on how best to create a Global Environmental Information Infrastructure.
CEMEX is a growing global building solutions company that provides high quality products and reliable service to customers and communities in more than 50 countries throughout the world. For more than 100 years, CEMEX has a rich history of improving the well-being of those it serves through its efforts to pursue innovative industry solutions and efficiency advancements and to promote a sustainable future. For more information, visit www.cemexusa.com.