For Future Generations

Working with the land is the crux of our business. Mining is an interim use of the land. Good stewardship means taking a holistic approach that bears in mind the present and the future.


Our work, in partnership with many organizations, presents us with unique opportunities to protect and support native wildlife. We foster wildlife sanctuaries in the areas in which we operate. As part of a long-term partnership with the international Wildlife Habitat Council, we have 44 certified wildlife habitat sites across North America. Our efforts have distinguished us among the leading corporate partners in wildlife conservation, ranking second in the nation and third globally with certified wildlife habitat sites.

"Vulcan's employee volunteers work to create long-term partnerships with non-profits and communities to protect wildlife and preserve native habitats."

- Carol Maxwell, Manager of Vulcan Materials Company Foundation, 40 years of service

Since 2007, our Norcross Quarry in Georgia – a certified Wildlife Habitat Council site – has created havens for native wildlife by providing the essential elements for healthy and sustainable habitats. Pictured (from left): Vulcan employees Chelsea Cady and Althea Rice.

Forward Thinking

HOLISTIC LAND MANAGEMENT CREATES LONG-TERM VALUE FOR OUR COMMUNITIES

With more than 240,000 acres in our land portfolio, a long-term holistic approach to preserving land and water is integral to sustaining our success. From pre-mining to mining to reclamation, we are actively managing the entire life cycle of our lands, creating maximum value for the business, our shareholders and our communities.

We’re putting land to use before we mine by creating opportunities for agriculture and timber development. During operations, we create good local jobs, generate economic activity for the community and supply construction materials that become the building blocks for vital infrastructure.

Today many of the regions we serve are faced with significant and foreseeable water challenges. Our work with state, regional and local governments to develop solutions today that will benefit future generations.

Because of the evolving needs of our communities, we listen to and collaborate with our neighbors to prepare the land for its highest and best use after mining is complete. Vulcan land serves as habitat mitigation banks, wetlands, mixed-use developments, productive farmland, reservoirs and recreational open space.

Protect, Enhance, and Monitor

Vulcan recently received national recertification from the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) for its efforts to protect, enhance, and monitor wildlife and habitat restoration projects at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. The Vulcan-Ruffner Mountain Project is one of 44 Vulcan sites with WHC-certifications across the country. The Vulcan-Ruffner Mountain partnership began in 2002 when the employees of Vulcan's Corporate Headquarters, located in Birmingham, Alabama adopted this off-site, public area and partnered with the Ruffner staff. WHC first certified the program at Vulcan-Ruffner Mountain in 2003. Vulcan employees volunteer regularly at the unique 1,038-acre nature preserve. To earn conservation certification, the Vulcan-Ruffner team actively manages 20 acres of the site for invasive species eradication. The team also works on habitat restoration by propagating native plants in an on-site greenhouse with raised seed beds for transplanting. Populations of cavity-nesting birds are actively managed and monitored.

240,000+

Acres of Land in our Portfolio

2.5B

GALLONS OF WATER STORED AT FORMER ATLANTA QUARRY

44

WILDLIFE HABITAT COUNCIL CERTIFIED SITES

Plant Manager Rickey Duffey (left), 37 years with Vulcan, and Equipment Operator Jeff Smith, 27 years of service, review performance data of Vulcan’s mobile equipment, which helps maximize performance and efficiency.

Reducing Impact

COMMITTED TO SUSTAINABILITY FOR THE WORLD AROUND US

All of our operations are well below the Environmental Protection Agency thresholds for reporting and permitting greenhouse gas emissions. Our Western Division, headquartered in Greater Los Angeles, was the first aggregates producer to sign on to California’s 2006 legislation that set the stage for the state’s planned transition to a sustainable, low-carbon future. Our efforts in California serve as a model as we continue to streamline our operations and work to drive down costs while benefiting the environment.

For example, our energy-efficient lighting limits electricity consumption, and we burn ultra-low sulfur diesel to improve air quality. We’re updating our fleet with new engines to decrease emissions. We also use water in closed-loop systems to significantly reduce usage and minimize wastewater discharge. We’re constantly seeking new ways to streamline our production processes and extend the life cycles of equipment.

Our facilities are committed to recycling both consumables and building materials. We recycle tires, motor oils, batteries, conveyor belts and other consumables company-wide, which reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills. We also recycle concrete and asphalt paving materials, which are carefully inspected, re-crushed and sized to meet customer specifications for use on other projects.

Green machines maximize efficiency

We maintain a fleet of mobile equipment that includes roughly 1,000 wheel loaders and 900 haul trucks, many of which are being upgraded to increase productivity and lifespan while reducing emissions. We’re testing a new 982M wheel loader, which offers greater fuel and operator efficiency, thereby reducing operating costs. The new loader yields a 10-15 percent fuel savings and provides more power and performance in a smaller platform to do the same job.

Our mobile equipment experts have also significantly reduced the amount of antifreeze and used oil and filters we generate through optimized maintenance and operational procedures. In addition, advancements in our digital technology enable us to track the performance of our mobile equipment. The data helps our equipment operators maximize machine performance.

375,000

GALLONS OF USED OIL RECYCLED IN 2016

2.9M

Tons of products manufactured from recycled materials

Our Commitments

Safety, Health & Environment

Protecting the health and safety of people and the environment guides us in everything we do. It goes far beyond regulatory compliance. It’s a personal responsibility we have to one another, our families, neighbors and the community. Our people lead the way. Their expertise, dedication and best practices are the reason we are a longtime industry leader in safety, health and environmental performance.

People

At Vulcan, leadership doesn’t just come from the top. Our people understand that actions matter. They share a competitive drive for excellence that fosters an environment of trust, teamwork, positive reinforcement and inclusion. Ours is a culture of mutual respect, integrity and commitment that drives our growth and success.

Natural Resources

Working with the land is the crux of our business. Mining is an interim use of the land. Good stewardship means taking a holistic approach that bears in mind the present and the future.

Community

Strong communities are built on the actions of individuals. Our people are proud to contribute to the communities in which they live and work in big ways and in small – from disaster relief and emergency management to educational and social causes. At Vulcan, it’s more than just financial support. Our people volunteer their time and talent.

Our Commitments

Protecting the health and safety of people and the environment guides us in everything we do. It goes far beyond regulatory compliance. It’s a personal responsibility we have to one another, our families, neighbors and the community. Our people lead the way. Their expertise, dedication and best practices are the reason we are a longtime industry leader in safety, health and environmental performance.

At Vulcan, leadership doesn’t just come from the top. Our people understand that actions matter. They share a competitive drive for excellence that fosters an environment of trust, teamwork, positive reinforcement and inclusion. Ours is a culture of mutual respect, integrity and commitment that drives our growth and success.

Working with the land is the crux of our business. Mining is an interim use of the land. Good stewardship means taking a holistic approach that bears in mind the present and the future.

Strong communities are built on the actions of individuals. Our people are proud to contribute to the communities in which they live and work in big ways and in small – from disaster relief and emergency management to educational and social causes. At Vulcan, it’s more than just financial support. Our people volunteer their time and talent.