A global building materials company with operations in New Braunfels has been named Texan by Nature 20, the official ranking of a Texas-led conservation nonprofit founded by former first lady Laura Bush.
CEMEX USA officials announced this week that the company has been recognized for its conservation efforts by Texan by Nature for state-based programs for the fourth consecutive year.
Since 2011, Texan by Nature has worked with the state’s business community to implement Texas-led conservation practices, their TxN 20 recognizing the best and most innovative work in conservation.
The recognition includes the company’s support for land conservation and habitat restoration in a 27,000-acre ecological corridor on the Texas-Mexico border managed by El Carmen Land and Conservation Co. and the Balcones Dry Comal 33-acre Creek Wildlife Habitat Center at its Balcones operations in New Braunfels.
Located next to the Balcones Cement Plant and Quarry on the west side of town, the center serves as an outdoor classroom for employees, educators and students who wish to immerse themselves in a biodiversity environment of 20 acres exclusively set aside for native landscaping, wildlife, garden beds and other educational programs.
“Sustainability and conservation are critically important to the future of Texas and society,” said Jerae Carlson, senior vice president of sustainability, communications and public affairs for CEMEX USA. “At CEMEX, our colleagues in Texas are proud to be recognized for practicing and promoting these principles. As we continue to embed sustainability into our strategy and operations, we look forward to continuing to be a good steward of natural resources in Texas and beyond.
The site, which impacts wildlife and plant species such as monarchs, queens, swallowtails and other butterfly species, conservation of purple swallow and eastern bluebird, hummingbirds, along with various types of native grasses and wildflowers planted in the restored prairie, was recognized by the Wildlife Habitat Council in 2021 as a Silver Certified Conservation Program.
“I am thrilled to celebrate this year’s TxN 20,” Bush said in a statement. “They are pioneers, collaborators and agents of change. I encourage other companies to follow their lead and get involved in conservation. Together, we can set the standard to support a prosperous economy, rich natural resources, and a secure future for the next generation.
Joni Carswell, CEO and President of Texan by Nature, said the organization believes in building an ecologically sustainable future through actions, collaborations and innovative models of conservation.
“It is an honor to celebrate Texas-based industry leaders who share these values and demonstrate the benefits of combining commercial resources with conservation efforts to impact the world,” Carswell said.
Based near Monterrey, Mexico, CEMEX’s US network includes 10 cement plants, nearly 50 strategically located cement terminals, nearly 50 aggregate quarries and more than 280 ready-mix concrete plants.