Aggregate’s ‘Greenness’ Independently Validated Again
SAUGUS, Mass., May 21 /PRNewswire/ — Aggregate Industries Northeast (AINE) today received a 2010 Green Award for Innovation at the Career Business Summit. Earlier this year, Aggregate Industries already received the prestigious Green-Star Certification from the National Ready-Mix Concrete Association (NRMCA) http://www.nrmca.org at numerous plants nationwide, including ones in Grafton and Waltham, Massachusetts and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
The awards, which were given by the Boston Business Journal http://www.bizjournals.com/boston were presented to effective leaders in innovation and three other categories: Design, Invention and Workplace. Recipients were chosen for their unique approaches to going green which included everything from reducing carbon footprints to sustainability to green construction.
“Being both innovative and ‘Green’ is what Aggregate Industries is all about,” said Roberto Huet, Senior Vice President for Aggregate’s Northeast Region. “We were delighted to have our efforts recognized by an independent third party, particularly in the same year where two of our Massachusetts plants received a top environmental award in our industry. Our goal is to make all our Northeast Ready-Mix plants, as well as all Aggregate concrete plants across the country, Green-Star certified.”
The Company was recognized for the development and implementation of several innovative initiatives throughout the region, which encompasses Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. They include:
- Producing and promoting pervious concrete and asphalt pavement to improve storm water management – a recent project at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum demonstrates pervious asphalt storm water management capabilities in a parking lot and pavement
- Producing warm mix asphalt that reduces fossil fuel consumption, lessens emissions (including greenhouse gases), and increases recycling rates
- Restoring Black Brook by removing the Maxwell Pond Dam at the mouth of the Merrimack River, Manchester, New Hampshire
- Installing oil bypass filters on selected ready-mixed concrete trucks to reduce oil and fuel consumption and extend engine life
- Instituting a water recycling program that recycles 13% of water used in ready-mixed concrete operations
- Participating in the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction programs
Recently the Northeast Region has also received two NAPA (The National Asphalt Pavement Association) Diamond Achievement Commendations for its asphalt plants.
The Green-Star Program, sponsored by NRMCA, honors those companies which adhere to key principles of the sustainability and environmental movement. It recognizes firms such as Aggregate which use an environmental management system as a tool for setting goals and tracking improvements.
Aggregate Industries is at the forefront of the industry, in terms of environmental performance and is committed to maintaining and increasing the firm’s environmental excellence. http://www.aggregate-us.com/_aius/news/2009/0903_green_star_certification.cfm
Aggregate Industries Northeast Region is Eastern Massachusetts’ largest integrated producer of aggregates, asphalt, and ready mixed concrete. The region also operates liquid asphalt (bitumen) terminals, soil remediation facilities and environmentally responsible asphalt and concrete recycling centers. For more than 90 years, Aggregate’s quality products have built New England’s roadways, bridges, and construction projects. http://www.aggregate-us.com/_aius/regions/ne/ne_home.cfm
SOURCE Aggregate Industries Northeast