CalPortland Wins Two Awards for Sustainability

Previous concrete parking lot at the Mariposa Land Port of Entry
Pervious concrete parking lot at the Mariposa Land Port of Entry

By Jon Brun

On April 13, CalPortland was awarded a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year − Sustained Excellence Award. Steve Regis, senior vice president of Corporate Services for CalPortland, accepted the award from Carolyn Snyder, director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Protection Partnerships Division in Washington, D.C. Since its inception in 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped to reduce the production of more than 2.4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

Allen Hamblen, CEO, CalPortland, greets Karen Butler, EPA, during the ENERGY STAR Showcase in May at the CalPortland Cement Plant in Rillito
Allen Hamblen, CEO, CalPortland, greets Karen Butler, EPA, during the ENERGY STAR Showcase in May at the CalPortland Cement Plant in Rillito

“This is our twelfth consecutive year to receive this award,” said Allen Hamblen, CEO for CalPortland. “Saving money is a concern of every CEO and business. When you are able to show positive results, conserve energy, increase efficiencies and protect the environment in the process, everybody wins.”

Founded in 1891, Glendora, California-based CalPortland is a major producer of cement, ready-mixed concrete, aggregates, concrete products and asphalt in the western United States and Canada. The company operates Arizona’s largest cement plant in Rillito, just north of Tucson, and also provides construction materials in southern Arizona and the metropolitan Phoenix area.

On May 6 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler, CalPortland was presented another prestigious environmental award for sustainable use of concrete from the American Concrete Institute − Arizona Chapter’s “Exposing the Best in Concrete 2016.” The sustainability award was given for the Mariposa Land Port of Entry project and the use of pervious concrete that CalPortland designed and delivered. Pervious concrete is a low-cost stormwater management system that provides a safe, durable traffic surface while often saving on land costs.

Steve Regis, center, senior vice president of Corporate Services for CalPortland, accepts the 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award from Carolyn Snyder, director of EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division in Washington, D.C., with other CalPortland members, left to right: Bill Jerald, Desirea Haggard, Doug Anderson, Bruce Shafer, Stephen Coppinger, Dave McElvain and Rich Walters Jr.
Steve Regis, center, senior vice president of Corporate Services for CalPortland, accepts the 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award from Carolyn Snyder, director of EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division in Washington, D.C., with other CalPortland members, left to right: Bill Jerald, Desirea Haggard, Doug Anderson, Bruce Shafer, Stephen Coppinger, Dave McElvain and Rich Walters Jr.

This project also received LEED Gold certification and was recognized at the USGBC Arizona 2016 Heavy Medals Award luncheon in February at the Phoenix Convention Center. The Mariposa Land Port of Entry at the Arizona-Mexico border is one of the busiest entry points into the country for produce. The LEED Gold-certified building was also recognized for solar hot water, advanced lighting, building automation systems, rainwater harvesting, and native species landscaping.

And, most recently, on May 25, more than 200 people attended the ENERGY STAR Showcase at the CalPortland Cement Plant in Rillito, including Karen Butler, LEED Green Associate, ENERGY STAR Commercial New Construction.


For more on CalPortland’s sustainability awards and practices, visit calportland.com.

Jon Brun is an Arizona writer. Top and left inset photo courtesy of CalPortland. Right inset photo by EPA.

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