IRVING, Texas, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Lehigh Hanson, Inc., the wholly-owned North American subsidiary of HeidelbergCement, is encouraging students, researchers and interested others to participate in the Quarry Life Award 2014, the second round of HeidelbergCement's international research and education competition. The Quarry Life Award program focuses on mining sites and seeks to raise awareness about the biological value of mineral extraction sites worldwide.
The first Quarry Life Award program launched in September of 2011 and included more than 50 participating quarries from 18 countries in Europe, Central Asia and Africa. 80 contestants worked, developed and tested new ideas to enhance biodiversity in mining environments. This initial round of the program culminated with an award ceremony held in Germany on December 13, 2012.
For the second round of the Quarry Life Award, Lehigh Hanson will have two quarries opening their doors for research projects. From the U.S., the company selected the Lincoln Quarry in Lincoln, Illinois. In Canada, the Sechelt Mine in Sechelt, British Columbia, was chosen to participate. Participants have until March 1, 2014, to submit project proposals. The individual categories are: Raising Public Awareness, Promoting Biodiversity, Innovation & Biodiversity, Biodiversity & Education and Pupil & Student Projects.
The Quarry Life Award consists of both national and international competitions. In North America, Lehigh Hanson will have a jury that selects five projects from the submitted proposals. These projects must then be completed by September of 2014. From this group of completed projects, the jury will select three national winners. Winning proposals will be selected based on their added value for nature and society, innovation, feasibility, ability to raise public awareness and involvement of stakeholders. The winning projects selected will be rewarded in the fall of 2014 with national prizes of €1500, €3000 and €5000 (In U.S. dollars, approximately $1,995; $3,990; and $6,659).
Regardless of their placement in the national competitions, all five completed projects will compete simultaneously for the International Quarry Life Award. In this broader competition, the best projects in the five categories will be selected in December 2014 and awarded €10,000 each. The best overall project will receive €30,000.
"We believe the Quarry Life Award program is a great fit with our commitment to environmental sustainability at Lehigh Hanson," said Tom Chizmadia, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Public Relations and Sustainability. "It is also an opportunity to work directly with students and researchers to support their efforts while gaining valuable information and insights about biodiversity management."
About Lehigh Hanson
Based in Irving, Texas, Lehigh Hanson, Inc. and its affiliated companies are part of the HeidelbergCement Group, one of the largest building materials manufacturers worldwide. HeidelbergCement is the global market leader in aggregates with leading positions in cement, concrete, and other downstream activities. Visit www.lehighhanson.com for more information.
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