In more than 1,000 quarries and pits worldwide, HeidelbergCement is committed to managing biodiversity during and after extraction by promoting a high diversity of local flora and fauna.
The Quarry Life Award is a scientific and education contest by HeidelbergCement. The competition takes place every two years and runs simultaneously at national and international levels. Its aim is to raise the awareness of the organic value of mining sites and to find new ways to further enhance it.
The company announced the winners of the 2018 Quarry Life Award for North America.
1st Place: The Co-Existence of a Threatened Population of Grizzly Bears with Quarry Mining in Alberta, Canada (Cadomin Quarry).
2nd Place: Ruling The Roost: Developing Thermally Optimal Roosts to Enhance Microbat Population Biodiversity (Cadomin Quarry).
Lehigh Hanson’s New Windsor Quarry in Maryland also participated in the award program.Initial proposals were submitted by contestants in November of last year.
A panel of judges consisting of Patrick James, Tom Chizmadia, Sophie Mullen and Tim Matz from Lehigh Hanson along with Dr. Sue Grayston, a professor from the University of British Columbia, and Margaret O’Gorman, president of the Wildlife Habitat Council, selected the winning proposals.
“On behalf of Lehigh Hanson and HeidelbergCement, I would like to congratulate the winners of the 2018 Quarry Life Award program for North America,” said Tom Chizmadia, senior vice president of government affairs and communications. “The winning proposals clearly demonstrate the spirit of the program and its emphasis on managing biodiversity at our quarry sites. It was a pleasure working with this year’s participants.”