CRH Americas Materials, Inc.

Cordell Road Facility

Schenectady, New York, United States

Certified through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
Pollinator Garden
Landscaped
Pollinators
Pollinators
Monitoring our Pollinator Garden
Training
About the Program
The Cordell Road Facility is an asphalt mixing plant approximately 20 miles west of Albany, New York. The site features a 560 square foot pollinator garden which site managers use to educate their employees about the importance of pollinators. They to increase the quantity of pollinator habitats for multiple types of pollinators, be available across seasons and for different life cycle stages and to educate our employees on pollinator gardens and pollinators themselves.

Practices and Impacts
  • In 2017, the team installed a 560 square foot pollinator garden consisting of mostly native vegetation, including serviceberry, chokeberry, butterfly weed, false indigo, turtlehead, redosier dogwood, and more, to provide for multi-seasonal habitat for pollinator species. The garden provides educational opportunities for employees to learn about the importance of pollinator species and gardens.
  • The variety of plants found in the garden, which range from grasses and perennials to shrubs and trees, provides a mix of habitat needs for pollinators. Most of the plants provide nectar throughout different parts of the year, as well as nesting habitat and basking areas, and evergreens for winter protection.
  • The garden provides habitat for pollinator species, including monarchs, swallowtails, honey bees, bumble bees, leafcutter bees, and hoverflies. Pollinators observed on site in 2018-2020 include an American robin, monarch butterfly, silver-spotted skipper, and several bees.
  • The team manages the site through annual educational training events where employees can assist with monitoring the vegetation. Pre- and post-training questionnaires are used to gauge the learning experience, with many employees indicating that they learned a lot through the project.
  • This project is in accordance with the New York State Wildlife Action Plan, as well as the 2016 Pollinator Health Task Force’s “Pollinator Partnership Action Plan”. In particular, the educational component of the project aligns with strategies found in these plans to ensure people understand and appreciate pollinators and their habitats.

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