EnergyStar® Challenge for Industry
Four of Titan America’s cement distribution terminals have achieved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry, which recognizes plants that demonstrate a commitment to the environment by achieving a 10% reduction in energy intensity within five or fewer years.
In February 2009, Titan’s Roanoke Cement announced that it had entered into partnership with the U.S. EPA and the Department of Energy. As a condition of the partnership, Titan America agrees to submit to independent monitoring of its energy efficiency. This includes base lining, tacking and benchmarking the company’s energy performance, using tools offered through Energy Star®.
Plant a Star Program™
Frequently cited by industry professionals and the EPA, Roanoke Cement's outreach program for customers, Plant A Star™, is a gold standard for cement manufacturers to emulate in helping their customers, the ready mix producers, to improve energy performance. Plant A Star™, encouraged by EPA and actualized by Roanoke Cement, provides customers with technical assistance and energy management training. The Plant Energy Team conducts presentations and energy audits, demonstrating the benefits of energy management, tracking and benchmarking, while showcasing the available resources provided by the Energy Star® Program to its customers. Roanoke Cement saw the benefits of a systems assessment and reassessment of its energy use and proactive maintenance, repair and replacement has produced demonstrable efficiencies.
Titan America and its subsidiary, Roanoke Cement, have invested more than 3000 hours helping 15 business partners fast track their energy savings initiatives. Conservative estimates indicate that these businesses could see a 15% reduction of electrical energy consumption in their first year, applying the skills developed through this program. Based on these estimates, the Plant a Star™ Program helped save enough electrical energy to power 150 households last year.
Long-term goals include a 90,000 MWh (33%) reduction in energy utilization – the equivalent of the production of 700,000 tons of cement (or enough energy saved to power 8,000 homes for one year) across the Titan America organization by 2015.
NRMCA Sustainable Concrete Plant Certification Program
In August 2011, three of Titan America’s Virginia plants were among the first to be certified by the National Ready-Mixed Concrete Association’s new Sustainable Concrete Plant Certification Program. The plants include Clear Brook Ready-Mix, in Clear Brook, Virginia; Suffolk Ready-Mix Concrete in Suffolk, Va.; and Bryan Park Ready-Mix in Richmond, Va.
Launched in early 2011, the NRMCA Sustainable Concrete Plant Certification program is designed to help concrete producers demonstrate excellence in sustainable manufacturing. The program includes quantitative, performance-based metrics to provide ready-mixed concrete producers with specific guidance to assess their production practices and implement sustainability strategies that will ultimately lower their overall footprint.
To certify, plant personnel use Concrete Plant Guidelines that rate a plant's level of sustainability within different credit categories, with the objective of reducing carbon footprint, energy consumption, water use and waste; increasing recycled content; and improving human health and social conditions.
Virginia Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence
In April 2009, RCC was honored with the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for Land Conservation at an event held at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. Roanoke Cement was recognized for its dedication, continued open access and upkeep of the Andy Layne memorial Trail, as well as for continued stewardship of Catawba Creek. The Honorable Timothy M. Kaine, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia gave the keynote speech and noted that the award is given to the leaders in the Commonwealth who have made an outstanding contribution toward protecting and conserving the environment and whose actions have benefitted the health and welfare of Virginia’s communities and the State as a whole.
Awards from the Portland Cement Association
Our Roanoke Cement plant and our Castle Hayne, North Carolina terminal have been honored by the PCA for excellence in several areas, including Environmental Outreach and Terminal Safety. The Outreach Category credits activities that enhance community, employee and government relations. This recognition is presented to individual cement facilities that exemplify the spirit of continuous environmental improvement and support this commitment with action. Included among the many achievements and initiatives noted for our Troutville plant was a fifth consecutive Energy Star® award, the Virginia Statewide Mineral Mining Reclamation Award, the on-site mitigation plan and quarry expansion, participation in Habitat for Humanity, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and the Second Annual Fishing Day, held at the new fishing dock.
Our Castle Hayne, NC terminal has received the Terminal Safety Award, presented by the PCA to honor for its exemplary safety record. The Castle Hayne terminal has not had a lost time accident in nearly twenty years and been frequently lauded by the North Carolina Department of Labor Commission.
Roanoke Cement was awarded the Overall Environmental Excellence Award in April, 2009. This is the highest environmental recognition awarded by the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and Cement Americas Magazine Roanoke Cement and part of the 2009 Cement Industry Energy and Environment Awards. The PCA presents the Overall Environmental Excellence Award to a plant demonstrating merit in the five categories it recognizes: Outreach, Environmental Performance, Land Stewardship, Innovation and Energy Efficiency. In addition to accepting this honor, the plant was a PCA Finalist in the Environmental Performances category and was a runner-up in the Energy Efficiency category. In 2007, Roanoke Cement was a PCA Finalist for Land Stewardship and Overall Environmental Program.
First Place, “Pride of Mine,” Florida Limerock & Aggregate Institute
The FLAI presented this award in April to Titan America’s Center Sand Mine located in Clermont, Florida. Pride of Mine recognizes the significant effort put forth to establish a safe habitat for a large community of gopher tortoises. Center Sand employees relocated the tortoises and continue to maintain their new, safe homes.
Chapter Service Award, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
The American Institute of Architects has a long tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements in support of the profession of architecture and the AIA. Titan America was recognized in 2008.
2008 NRMCA Driver of the Year
We’re very proud of our own David “Pee Wee” Brooks for winning the NRMCA Driver of the Year Award. The award acknowledges the significant contribution ready-mix concrete truck drivers make to the growth and success of individual companies and the concrete industry at large. Judges review and grade applicants based on years of service to their company and the industry, driving record, yardage hauled and any certifications and other special recognitions they have received. The judges also weigh their decisions heavily on supervisors’ comments and customer testimonial letters.