More environmental kudos were bestowed recently upon Roanoke Cement Company, the recipient of the prestigious Energy Star Award in both 2008 and 2007 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.
The American Institute of Architects' Blue Ridge Chapter honored Roanoke Cement with the Architectural Medal for recent environmental achievements. The medal is given to a non-architect – individual, project or organization – that has significantly improved the design/built environment of the AIA Blue Ridge Region.
Plant manager Kevin Baird was recently tapped to present at COVES, the Commonwealth of Virginia Energy and Sustainability Conference with a focus on “Meeting the Climate Change Challenge.” Before approximately 500 attendees at the Greater Richmond Convention Center – including Governor Kaine – Baird joined a variety of presenters who spoke to how industry and the public sector can work to attain practical and sustainable environmental goals.
Chris Bayne, electrical engineer with Roanoke Cement, completed the company's sustainability recognition by speaking to the Virginia Manufacturer's Association (VMA) conference in Richmond. Bayne covered the significant electrical energy savings program that Roanoke Cement started a year ago. The early results show a 5 to 7 percent reduction in electrical energy consumption across the plant.
Roanoke Cement plans several more initiatives projecting to save an additional 3 to 5 percent in 2009.