First Lady’s Texas conservation group recognizes Cemex USA

Cemex USA has been named a Texan by Nature 20 (TxN 20) honoree for the fifth consecutive year. A conservation non-profit founded by former First Lady Laura Bush, TxN recognized the cement, aggregate and concrete giant in an official ranking of the best 2023 conservation and sustainability work from Texas businesses. 

Former First Lady Laura Bush, founder of Texan by Nature, pictured with the 2023 TxN 20 honorees.

Cemex is a long-standing advocate for land conservation and habitat restoration. Its recent efforts include contributions to a 27,000-acre ecological corridor at the Texas-Mexico border, managed by the El Carmen Land and Conservation Company (ECLCC). The nature preserve is home to various animals and plants: Nearly 300 species of birds, 30-plus butterfly species and a large artificial bat cave. By collaborating with more than 15 organizations to maximize the impact of ECLCC conservation efforts, Cemex has garnered TxN and Texas Parks & Wildlife recognition over the years.

The producer maintains the 33-acre Balcones Dry Comal Creek Wildlife Habitat Center at its cement and aggregate operations in New Braunfels, Texas. The facility features native landscaping, habitat conservation areas, and raised garden beds; hosts numerous educational programs for the community throughout the year; and, serves as an outdoor classroom for employees, educators and students to immerse themselves in a biodiverse environment. The Center is home to many conservation projects, among them a pollinator garden with more than 130 native plant species; restored 10-acre prairie with 26 honeybee hives and four purple martin hotels; 10-acre natural savannah with 200 native plant species and 23 species of birds; and, a greenhouse used to grow plants and food for the community. Since 2021, the site’s conservation program has been certified at Wildlife Habitat Council Silver tier.

“One of our most rewarding achievements is seeing positive environmental impact on the communities where we operate,” says Cemex USA Senior Vice President of Sustainability, Communications and Public Affairs Jerae Carlson. “Our support of environmental initiatives is an ongoing effort that’s part of our responsibility and commitment to these communities. As we continue finding new ways to take care of the world around us, this recognition is another stepping stone in raising the standard for outstanding ecological stewardship.”

“We believe in building an environmentally sustainable future through actions, collaborations, and innovative models in conservation,” observes TxN CEO Joni Carswell. “It is an honor to celebrate the Texas-based industry leaders that share these values and prove the transformative benefits of pairing business resources with conservation efforts to impact the globe.”