An East Knoxville business is getting some recognition for its efforts to preserve wildlife.
Cemex achieved Corporate Lands for Learning certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council for its Knoxville plant. The award recognizes the company's efforts to open up wildlife reserves to the community.
The company has six wildlife reserves on its property including wetlands, grasslands, and a nine acre island in the river. The certification will allow Cemex to open those areas as outdoor classrooms.
"We can reach out to local school districts and other community members and invite them to come on-site and learn about biodiversity and different ecosystems here at our plant. And it gives the community and educators the opportunity to see how industry and manufacturing can co-exist with the area wildlife," said Sara Engdahl, director of communications.
Cemex has partnered with the Wildlife Habitat Council for the past 16 years. The Knoxville cement plant is the company's first to achieve certification.