We believe responsible, sustainable operations benefit our communities and drive long-term results. As an industry leader, we meet and strive to exceed environmental regulations. Sustainability for us means going beyond compliance: streamlining operations, improving efficiencies, deploying new technologies and exploring alternative energy sources.

Clean air, water & environmental responsibility are essential to our success.

Environmental stewardship is a core value embedded in our business, strategy and governance structure.  We bring together engineers, geologists, hydrologists and environmental specialists to develop the best methods to protect, restore and preserve land that countless people, ecosystems and wildlife depend on.

In 2018, we maintained a citation-free environmental inspection rate of over 98 percent from state and federal agencies. We are focused on protecting plant and animal habitats, water and air.

  • Deploying systems to collect stormwater runoff for use in the production process.
  • Capturing and recycling water throughout the production process.
  • Using computerized plant control systems to manage and reduce water use.
  • Partnering with government agencies to benefit local water levels and water quality.
  • Enhancing dust suppression systems and plant designs to improve controls at transfer points.  
  • Protecting endangered and threatened species through robust habitat conservation plans.
  • Managing our land and production process at our wildlife habitat sites to protect the environment from invasive plant species.
  • Upgrading our blue-water ships and preventing transfer of invasive marine species.
  • Protecting and preserving cultural and historic resources.
  • Promoting environmental stewardship through training and education.

Coupled with our holistic approach to land management and commitment to sustainable operations, our commitment to the environment will continue to lead the industry while reducing our impact on the environment.

98% of Inspections Are Citation-Free

Environmental Citations & Agency Inspections

Promoting Environmental Stewardship

We encourage our employees to be environmental stewards through training and education


Environmental Awards & Recognitions



Native Plants & Trees Produced at Calica Quarry Nursery in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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Average Daily Gallons of Water Recycled at McCook Quarry in Chicago, Illinois

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North Carolina



A red-tailed hawk that recovered from an eye injury with the help of the Carolina Raptor Center was released into the wild from Vulcan’s Cabarrus Quarry.

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Managing land holistically means much more than mining.

We manage our land holistically because mining is an interim use of the land. We have a collective responsibility to the long-term health and sustainability of the environment and our communities. Good stewardship means thoughtful planning to accommodate today’s needs while setting a foundation for the future.

We’re working with governmental and non-governmental partners on innovative projects that will help communities improve access to recreation and wildlife, protect water quality, reduce flooding and ensure safe drinking water supplies for decades to come.

  • Designing sites and mine plans to accommodate future land uses that benefit the community.
  • Reclaiming mined land into water reservoirs, parks and commercial uses.
  • Developing thousands of acres of land mitigation banks to protect listed plant and animal species in their natural habitats in perpetuity.
  • Maintaining more than 40 Wildlife Habitat Council certified sites.
  • Supporting wildlife and conservation organizations including raptor centers.
  • Supplying specialty sand to help communities renourish beaches to benefit wildlife and local economies.
  • Developing partnerships to generate renewable energy on-site.
  • Harvesting honey at our Friendship and Norcross quarries in Georgia.

Our land management, environmental and operations teams are committed to fostering a safe and mutually beneficial coexistence with nature. Our newest certified wildlife habitat site at the Grandin Sand Plant in Florida, where 100 bird species have been observed at its on-site rookery, received the 2018 Avian Project Award from the Wildlife Habitat Council.

We will continue to re-think and re-imagine how we plan future sites, use them and prepare them with future community and environmental benefits in mind.


Acres of Land in Our Portfolio


Wildlife Habitat Council Certified Sites



Acres in Conservation Easements

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Bird Species Identified at Grandin Sand Plant On-Site Rookery

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Species Protected in Perpetuity at 1,200 Acre Cajon Creek, California Conservation Bank

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17 Billion Gallons

Future Drinking Water Reservoir at Fairfax County, Virginia Quarry

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$143M Annual Savings

Community Flood Control Benefits From Chicago Reservoir Project

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2 Billion Gallons

Back-Up Drinking Water Supply for Atlanta, Georgia at Former Bellwood Quarry

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225 Acres Reclaimed

Winston-Salem, North Carolina's Quarry Park Provides Recreation & Wildlife Habitat

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Vulcan’s retire-and-replace program reduces emissions and improves fuel efficiency by replacing older components of its mobile equipment fleet with new machines that meet Federal Clean Air Act Tier 3/Tier 4 engine emissions standards.

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Protecting the environment is the right social and business policy.

All of our operations are well below the Environmental Protection Agency thresholds for reporting and permitting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Our operations are focused on projects and activities that improve operational efficiency to reduce long-term fuel and energy needs. These actions both reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and improve our long-term profitability. These efforts combined with an ongoing focus on upgrading of older, less efficient mobile equipment have reduced our carbon emissions as a percent of revenue significantly since 2013.

  • Submitting comprehensive GHG reduction information to the Carbon Disclosure Project (2018).
  • Streamlining our production processes and extending the life cycles of plant equipment.
  • Modernizing our mobile equipment fleet with new engines and technology to decrease emissions and increase efficiency.
  • Installing Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) motors and pumps to reduce energy consumption and wear on equipment.
  • Using CarbonCure technology that provides capture and sequestration of CO2 within ready mix concrete.
  • Expanding the specification of renewable energy with certain of our electricity suppliers.
  • Recycling tires, motor oils, batteries, conveyor belts and other consumables to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills.
  • Installing parts washing stations that use non-hazardous solvents.
  • Producing recycled concrete and asphalt paving materials, which are carefully inspected, re-crushed and sized to meet customer specifications for re-use in new projects.
  • Managing water in closed-loop systems to recycle upwards of 90 percent or more of a plant’s water use and minimize loss to discharge.

In 2006, our Western Division, headquartered in Greater Los Angeles, was the first aggregates producer to sign on to state legislation that set the stage for California’s planned transition to a sustainable, low-carbon future. We’ll continue to evaluate and employ new technologies to decrease our impact on the environment and increase efficiencies.

We recognize that sustainable operations reduce our climate footprint while serving as one of the most efficient ways to improve profitability through reduced energy costs. It’s a win-win approach, and we intend to continue being a leader in our industry.

Emissions Down 40% Since 2013

GHG Emissions

Revenue Up 58% While Emissions Drop 40% Since 2013

GHG Emissions vs. Revenue

Shipments Increased 35% While Emissions Decreased 40%

GHG Emissions vs. Shipments (All Products)

Water Recycling

We manage water in closed-loop systems to recycle upwards of 90 percent or more of a plant’s water use and minimize loss to discharge.


Reduction in Scope 1-2 Emissions per Revenue $

2013 vs. 2018


Tier 4 Engine Mobile Equipment Purchased


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Energy Savings by New Bluewater Ship Fleet

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5.4M Tons

Recycled Crushed Aggregate Base Produced


844,500 Gallons

Used Oil & Antifreeze Recycled



Light Bulbs Recycled


Environmental Stewardship News

Environmental Stewardship

Phone Recycling Helps Gorillas

IT employees from the Vulcan Materials Company Western Division collected 600 old mobile phones for recycling. This helps decrease demand…

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Environmental Stewardship

Tiger Creek Mitigation Bank

Located just two miles from Vulcan’s fully operational Diamond Sand Plant in Lake Wales, Florida, is Tiger Creek Mitigation Bank.

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Environmental Stewardship

Ireland Sets Sail

Vulcan Materials Company and its wholly-owned subsidiary shipping company, “Vulica,” held a ceremony at the Blakeley Yard, Port of Mobile,…

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Environmental Stewardship

Midden Mound Protected

The Midden Mound adjacent to Witherspoon Quarry was used by Native Americans to bury shells, animal bones and other items…

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Vulcan Highlights



Southern & Gulf Coast Division

Environmental Stewardship

Gurley Wins Top NSSGA Award

Building a bridge on the property to protect wetlands and Hurricane Creek, which runs through the facility, led to winning the National Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association (NSSGA) 2017 Environmental Excellence Platinum Award.


Edsall Road

Mideast Division

Environmental Stewardship

Ready Mix Fleet Reduces CO2 Emissions

Since 2016, Ready Mixed Concrete has been retrofitted with a proprietary product called Carbon Cure to reduce CO2 emissions. So far, Vulcan can document reduction of more than 2 million pounds of CO2 – equivalent to over 2 million vehicle miles.



Western Division

Environmental Stewardship

New Conveyor Reduces Vehicle Emissions

A conveyor system bridge is being built for the Kings Canyon Road project. The system will improve safety, reduce vehicle emissions and relieve traffic congestion by transporting an estimated 800,000 tons of material from the yard over the highway to the job site.

Environmental Stewardship

Vulcan's Waste Management Program

Vulcan practices recycling a majority of materials that otherwise would be managed as a waste material. This includes the recycling of light bulbs, batteries, used oil and oil filters, antifreeze/coolant, and petroleum contaminated materials as alternative fuels.


Mountain West Division

Environmental Stewardship


Vulcan's Own Environmental Leader Of The Year

Environmental Manager Gregg Monger was recognized as Arizona Rock Products Association’s 2016-17 Environmental Leader of the Year. Gregg has worked to develop key environmental programs centered on compliance and proactive environmental policies.  

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