Buzzi Unicem USA, Inc.

Stockertown Plant

Stockertown, Pennsylvania, United States

Certified Silver through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
Meadow Learning Tours and Events
Awareness & Community Engagement
Stream and Pond Education
Formal Learning

About the Program
The corporate lands of the Stockertown Plant of Buzzi Unicem USA in Pennsylvania feature a diversity of habitats that serve both educational and conservation purposes, including ponds, meadow grasslands, streams and orchards. The site hosts multiple student groups each year, with a focus on middle and high school students and lesson plans that closely align with Pennsylvania’s STEM education standards, and even becoming an integral part of local AP courses and science clubs. The overall goals of these efforts are to raise student awareness about the environment and local habitats, and spark their interest in environmental careers.

Practices and Impacts

  • In the fall of 2019, an observation tower was built to provide visitors with a panoramic view of the meadow area, and a unique opportunity for an aerial view of wildlife on the grounds. During visits, students helped to plant native tree species and learn about their benefits and conservation practices in place with the American Chestnut Orchard. Based on feedback received, approximately 70-80% of visitors experienced planting or bird watching for the first time. This outdoor laboratory relates to many of the essential topics in the AP Environmental Science curriculum including Human Impacts on Biodiversity, Invasive species, Eutrophication, Human Impacts on Wetlands, Human Impacts on Ecosystems, and Reduction of Air Pollutants.
  • Students participate in stream monitoring of the Bushkill and Delaware watershed, involving water testing, water flow analysis and invertebrate life recognition. This experience is regularly part of the Nazareth Area School District and Pen Argyl Area School District’s AP biology classes. The company's partnership with the county water conservation district has also provided the opportunity to clearly demonstrate the impact of water runoff, agricultural chemicals and landfills.
  • Students also participate in a pond wetlands study which focuses on the soil surrounding the lower pond. Students dig a section of soil, keeping the soil layers intact, and place it in a mason jar to observe and describe its colors and attributes. The samples are taken back to the school for the students to compare with soil studies done at a creek near the school.