Oldcastle Materials believes that a first-rate sustainability program isn’t the right way to do business; it’s the only way to do business. We invest considerably in reducing our environmental impact, such as by incorporating recycled materials into our asphalt production, and creating programs to support local communities, such as our growing roster of wildlife habitats on properties nationwide.
Our environmental policy is to:
- comply, at a minimum, with all applicable environmental legislation and continually improve our environmental stewardship;
- ensure that our employees and contractors respect environmental responsibilities;
- proactively address the challenges and opportunities of climate change;
- optimize our use of energy and resources through efficiency gains and recycling;
- promote environmentally driven product and process innovation and new business opportunities; and
- be good neighbors in the many communities in which we operate.
The following are some ways that Oldcastle Materials demonstrates its commitment to sustainability.
Asphalt mixtures are critical infrastructure building materials. They consist of a blend of about 95 percent stone and sand, heated and bound together with bituminous asphalt. Warm-mix asphalt has been developed to lower the production and placement temperature of traditional hot-mix asphalt. It reduces energy consumption and plant emissions and increases the use of reclaimed asphalt pavement.
Environmental stewardship requires the use of stone products for projects like this one in Colorado near the Continental Divide and the headwaters of the 77-mile Eagle River. The restoration project used a coordinated program of bank stabilization, stream channel improvements, riparian vegetation establishment, and improved land-use management.
In keeping with its commitment to stay on the cutting edge, Oldcastle Materials is installing porous pavement, which allows rain to move through asphalt and into a rock layer placed below the pavement.
Wildlife habitat sites
In 2004 Oldcastle Materials established a partnership with the Wildlife Habitat Council, a conservation organization that helps corporations and other groups to establish wildlife habitat sites on their lands to preserve and enhance biodiversity. Oldcastle Materials has sites in Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Vermont.
Click here to read the 2014 CRH Sustainability Report.