We believe responsible, sustainable operations benefit our communities and drive positive results for the long term. As an industry leader, Vulcan’s aim has always been to meet—and strive to exceed—all federal, state and local environmental regulations. It’s the right thing to do for society, for our business and our stakeholders.

Our commitment to environmental stewardship is built on:

  • Making long-term commitments to continue reducing environmental impacts.
  • Running our operations effectively to minimize waste, reduce air emissions, and to conserve water.
  • Improving energy efficiencies and exploring alternative energy sources.
  • Seeking ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
  • Deploying new technologies that help us further our goal of reducing environmental impacts and protecting the environment.

Our culture of environmental responsibility is fundamental to our business.

READ MORE

 

Visit the Data Dashboard for a summary of our Environmental Stewardship policies and data.

 

Califonia

Western

Irwindale, CA is home to Vulcan’s Reliance II facility, which the City is turning into a site modeled after the success of the nearby Irwindale Business Center. Developers looking to partner with Vulcan already have their eye on the site due to the location, which is near existing expressways and offers easy access.

Read More

Managing land sustainably for the long term.

Minimizing impacts to the land, the water, the air and improving biodiversity is vitally important to Vulcan. We take a holistic approach to land management because mining is only an interim use of the land. The presence on a site of wetlands, waters, endangered species, cultural resources, and proximity to property boundaries and neighbors are all factors that are considered during site development. Making thoughtful decisions during site development helps to minimize these potential impacts. Our environmental specialists, land managers, geologists, engineers, hydrologists and external affairs personnel work together with key outside parties to incorporate state-of-the-art environmental controls while mining infrastructure materials. Future uses of the property following mining are considered during site development and operation. The planned future use of the property will affect the reclamation process and can dictate specific requirements beyond what is required by state mining reclamation regulations.  

READ MORE

10-Year Average: More Than 98% Citation-Free

Environmental Citations & Agency Inspections

Multi-Stakeholder Environmental Vision and Strategy

Vulcan’s Sac-Tun operation near Playa del Carmen, Mexico has developed a long-term environmental vision and strategy that has been praised by local government authorities and NGOs as a model for other businesses and industries in Mexico.

The Most Visited Park in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Quarry Park sits on the former location of the Piedmont Quarry, which operated until the early 1970s.

PROTECTING PLANT AND ANIMAL SPECIES

Vulcan land mitigation banks provide permanent protection of conserved natural areas and undertake management to maintain the habitat in perpetuity.

~240,000

Acres of Land in Our Portfolio

2019

40

Wildlife Habitat Council Certified Sites

2019

6,300+

Acres in Mitigation Banks & Conservation Easements

2019

Learn More

37

Environmental Awards and Recognitions

2019

 

Florida

Diamond Sand

Southeast

The variable frequency drive (VFD) pumps in this feed prep system at the Diamond Sand Plant reduce energy consumption and equipment wear while improving the overall operational efficiency of the plant.

Managing energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Our individual operations are well below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency threshold for reporting and permitting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, since 2018, Vulcan has chosen to report GHG emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). We are continuing to improve operational efficiencies at our sites, which has resulted in less GHG emitted per ton of production and shipments by lowering fuel consumption and energy needs. The major GHG reductions achieved from the 2013 baseline to 2014 was the result of the divestiture of the company’s cement production facility.

Our 2019 GHG emissions snapshot: 

  • Total U.S. GHG emissions for 2019 were 997,999 metric tons of combined Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, or 62.9% of our 2013 baseline emissions of 1,585,535 metric tons.  
  • GHG emissions per dollar of revenue and ton shipped have decreased steadily since 2013. The 2019 revenue-based rate was 202.5 (metric tons CO2e per million dollars revenue) compared to a 2013 baseline value of  572.2, or 35.4% of the 2013 value.  
  • Total Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emission increases in recent years have been at a rate lower than the rate of production and revenue increase. Our 2019 shipment-based rate was .00431 (metric tons CO2e emissions per ton of shipments) compared to a 2013 baseline value of .00972, or 44% of the 2013 value.  

Additional information regarding our carbon footprint is available in the Data Dashboard and in our 2020 CDP Climate Change Questionnaire.

Future GHG reductions are planned by means of continuing heavy equipment replacement with higher efficiency models and seeking opportunities to reduce the carbon footprint of company production operations, products, and our distribution and transport operations.

READ MORE

Emissions Down 37% Since 2013

GHG Emissions

Revenue Up 89% Since 2013

GHG Emissions vs. Revenue

Shipments Up 50% Since 2013

GHG Emissions vs. Shipments (All Products)

Tier 4 Compliant Engine Technology

We’re modernizing our mobile equipment fleet to decrease emissions and increase efficiency.

Energy-Efficient Operations

LED lighting reduces energy consumption and enhances safety by improving a worker’s ability to see hazards.

Digital Information Maximizes Efficiency

Computerized controls provide plant operators with real-time information to efficiently control and manage systems.

-37%

Scope 1-2 GHG Emissions

2019 vs. 2013 (baseline)

-65%

Scope 1-2 GHG Emissions per Revenue $

2019 vs. 2013 (baseline)

-56%

Scope 1-2 GHG Emissions per Ton Shipped

2019 vs. 2013 (baseline)

-90%

Mobile Equipment Emissions

Tier 4 vs. Tier 0 Engine

Learn More
 

South Carolina

Lexington

Southeast

Dust control systems on our aggregates processing equipment reduce PM10 emissions by 94%. Common controls include spraying water through high pressure, low-flow nozzles that properly wet the material without flooding the equipment.

Running our operations to protect the air.

We are committed to reducing the emissions of air pollutants released from our operations. The primary air pollutant from the aggregate operations is particulate matter. The company vehicle fleet and the hot-mix asphalt (HMA) plants all release products of combustion (CO, NOx, SOx, particulates) from the use of petroleum-based fuels. A rough estimate of the total emissions from the company’s operations and mobile equipment was prepared and the total amount of primary criteria pollutant emissions was estimated in the range of 20,000 to 25,000 tons per year. Work is underway to improve the accuracy and detail of these estimates and to establish a baseline year to enable measurement of progress reducing the company’s air pollutant emissions.

The majority of the company’s operations are classified as minor or synthetic minor sources of air emissions and operate under the authority of federally authorized state or local permitting programs. We are proud of our compliance record and efforts to ensure adherence to all permit conditions and requirements. 

READ MORE

Reducing Particulate Emissions

We use water trucks to suppress dust from haul roads and stockpile areas.

Minimizing Track-Out

Wheel washes help prevent a potential source of particulate emissions.

94%

PM10 Reduction with Processing Equip. Dust Control Systems

2019

96%

NOx Reduction - CAT 988 Loader Tier 4 vs. Tier 1

2019

 

Texas

Medina

Southwest

“Ever since I was a little girl, I knew somehow I’d be involved in an environmental field,” said Melissa Martinez, who has worked at Vulcan’s Southwest Division for more than 10 years. “Growing up in El Paso and seeing a lot of pollution at the border city, I realized we needed to do something about it. That’s why I’m an environmental specialist here at Vulcan.”

Read More

Preserving and protecting our water resources.

We are committed to the protection and preservation of water resources including surface water, groundwater, and wetlands. Aggregate sites have water treatment systems consisting of settling ponds or mechanical filtration equipment such as clarifiers and filter presses, all for the treatment of water from the processing operation. Water used in the processing operation is treated to reduce total suspended solids (TSS) levels so the water can be recycled, or in cases where excess water is present, the treated water is discharged.  

Aggregate mining and processing operations collect stormwater that falls within the facility boundaries and store it in pond systems or mined-out quarry pits. The water is used in place of pumped groundwater. This combination of recycling treated water and collected stormwater runoff reduces the need for extracted groundwater to supply the operation. An estimated 70% of the company’s aggregate mining operations recycle water. 

READ MORE

Protecting Wetlands

Silt fences and buffer areas protect surface water, groundwater and wetlands.

Managing Stormwater

Collected stormwater is managed and used in the production process.

70%

Mining Sites That Recycle Water (estimated)

2019

>99%

Compliance Rate With Permitted Discharge Limits

2019

 

Califonia

Sanger

Western

Our primary objective is to eliminate or reduce the amount of waste material generated in the first place. Where waste generation is unavoidable, we strive to recycle as much as possible including tires, motor oils, batteries, conveyor belts and other consumables to reduce landfill waste.

Reducing waste generation and increasing recycling.

Ensuring proper management of waste materials to prevent the release of contaminants to the environment is good environmental stewardship and good risk management. Our source reduction and recycling initiatives minimize the possibility of environmental damage to soil, surface or groundwater. We also proactively guard against regulatory violations and potential liability for cleanup actions under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), state environmental laws and regulations, and private party remedial response actions. The company has engaged in a focused effort to maximize the amount of potential waste material that is recycled.  

READ MORE

Eliminating and reducing waste

Our Maintenance practices and equipment monitoring protocols help reduce premature equipment failure or reduced lifetime.

THE MOST RECYCLED CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL

We use Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) as a supplemental feedstock in asphalt plants as it provides quality aggregate and valuable heat content.

9.9MM+ Tons

Recycled Crushed Aggregate Base Produced

2015-2019

6.4MM+ Tons

Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) Used

2015-2019

0.030

Total Waste Intensity - Per 1,000 Tons Production All Products

2019

1.55MM+ Gallons

Used Oil Recycled

2015-2019

726 Tons

Used Oil Filters Recycled

2015-2019

47 Tons

Batteries Recycled

2015-2019

70 Tons

Empty Aerosol Cans Recycled

2015-2019

80,000+

Light Bulbs Recycled

2015-2019

 

Environmental Stewardship News

Environmental Stewardship

Mitigation Bank & Reclamation Efforts

A mitigation or conservation bank provides permanent protection of the conserved natural area and undertakes management to maintain the habitat. …

Read More

Environmental Stewardship

A 30+ Year Partnership with the Cahaba River Society

The Cahaba River Society works to protect the longest free-flowing river in the State of Alabama and is the primary…

Read More

Environmental Stewardship

Innovative, Forward-looking Multi-Stakeholder Environmental Vision & Strategy 

As part of its long-range sustainability focus, in 2018 the company commissioned an external and independent assessment of its actions…

Read More

Environmental Stewardship

Reclamation For Economic Development

The Irwindale Business Center in Irwindale, California was a former Vulcan facility that is benefitting the City and community through…

Read More
 

Vulcan Highlights

Florida

Fort Myers

Southeast Division

Environmental Stewardship

Fort Myers Wildlife

Nature and industry coexisting. Our Ft. Myers Quarry is home to many reptiles, mammals, fish and birds including this turkey vulture. The grasses heading into the lake are great for foraging birds and fish. And of course you’ll find plenty of gators!

California

Pleasanton

Western Division

Environmental Stewardship

Pleasanton Quarry Mascot

Our Pleasanton Quarry in California provides a unique habitat for a variety of animal species including white-tailed deer, cotton-tailed rabbits and ruddy ducks. The bald eagles are a favorite of the Pleasanton team and their customers, who regard “The Eagles” as the plant’s unofficial mascot.

California

Pleasanton

Western Division

Environmental Stewardship

Feathery Friends

Providing a home for our feathery friends. With 285 acres of wetlands and open water habitat as well as over 30 nest boxes, birds flock to Pleasanton Sand & Gravel, one of our 40+ Wildlife Habitat Council certified sites.

Florida

Southeast Division

Environmental Stewardship

Tiger Creek Mitigation Bank

Check out our Tiger Creek Mitigation Bank in Lake Wales, FL. Working with state and federal conservation agencies and organizations, we established this 400-acre home for local threatened species including the sand skink, bluetail mole skink and gopher tortoise.

Alabama

Gurley

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.

More Commitments

Governance

Learn More

Safety & Health

Learn More

People

Learn More

Community

Learn More