Our Commitments in the Northwest
Our environmental commitment | Contributions to the Northwest
For more than 100 years, CalPortland has produced and distributed the highest quality building materials in the Western United States and Canada. These products are used as the foundation of our communities providing the roads and highways, airports, buildings, dams and levees, homes, and the required infrastructure to support social development. Our name stands for integrity, quality, and technical superiority. Expect More…We Deliver.
Our environmental commitment
CalPortland is an industry leader in energy conservation and land reclamation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized CalPortland seven consecutive years as an Energy Star Partner of the Year. We are an active member of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change Business Environmental Leadership Council. This group of major companies demonstrates worldwide leadership by:
- Establishing and voluntarily meeting greenhouse gas emission reduction targets
- Investing in more efficient products, practices and technologies
- Supporting domestic and internal action to achieve cost-effective emissions reductions
Regionally, the Port of Vancouver recognized our Vancouver operation with an Environmental Citizenship Award, and for three years, the King County Industrial Waste Management program recognized the Kenmore Ready Mix Plant for its handling of industrial wastewater. We’ve also received national accolades from the industry partners. The National Ready-Mix Concrete Association awarded four of our Northwest facilities with Commitment to Environmental Excellence Awards, and National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association acknowledged our environmental stewardship at five different facilities with the Environmental Eagle Award.
Segmental reclamation represents another CalPortland strength. This process allows mined areas to be reclaimed as soon as possible after the material is removed, thereby minimizing the amount of unreclaimed land. As one of the first companies to employ this technique, we continue to innovate and test new reclamation practices. One important milestone was the Steilacoom mine, which operated in Washington for more than 100 years. Today, it’s the site of the beautiful waterfront Chambers Bay public golf course. The course is home of the 2010 U.S. Amateur Championship and also serves as a public-use facility that includes a walking trail and an outdoor music theater.
At CalPortland, we believe returning mined land to its zoned use is only the start of the reclamation process. Not only were we the first company to have an approved reclamation plan under the State Surface Mining Act passed in the 1970s, we remain committed to responsibly working with the landscape and ecosystems of our communities.
Contributions to the Northwest
CalPortland believes in giving back to the many communities we serve by donating time, expertise, materials, equipment and financial support. The partnerships we develop with the communities where we work, live and play help define who we are.
In the Northwest, we proudly sponsor and partner with charitable organizations across the region like the Nisqually Land Trust, Tahoma Audubon Society, Chief Seattle Council of Boy Scouts of America, DuPont Historical Museum, and YMCA of Columbia-Willamette in Portland, Oregon.
Together, our Northwest operations contribute 650 family-wage jobs to the regional economy. We educate our employees about safety, health and the environment and encourage them to utilize these practices at work, home and within their communities. Our mission, "Zero Accidents for Life" reflects this commitment.