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Quarry Life Award, launched in 2011, is an international scientific and educational contest run by HeidelbergCement. The competition takes place every two years at national and international levels with hopes to raise awareness of the organic value of mining sites and to find new ways to enhance them. Over the past three editions of the Quarry Life Award, more than 1,100 projects proposals were submitted, out of which 269 were selected to take part in the research period. These projects involved nearly a thousand researchers and reached out to thousands of stakeholders.



For the fourth edition, the Quarry Life Award is split into two streams: the research stream and the community stream. 

The research stream focuses on scientific projects that increase knowledge of mining ecology and lead to improved biodiversity, landscape, or water management. It is open to academics, scientists, experts and NGOs. The available categories in this stream are:

• Biodiversity management
• Habitat & species research
• Beyond quarry borders

The community stream focuses on engagement and outreach projects that help the quarry to better connect with its local stakeholders. It will also raise awareness and help to educate about biodiversity in quarries. This stream is open to everyone – individuals, students, school classes, NGOs and local communities. The available categories in this stream are:

• Biodiversity & education
• Connecting quarries and local communities
• Student class project



Lehigh Hanson has two quarries participating in the fourth edition of the Quarry Life Award with a total of three project proposals submitted. In the U.S., the New Windsor Quarry in Maryland has one project proposal. In Canada, the Cadomin Quarry in Alberta has two project proposals. Participants were required to submit their proposals by November 20, 2017.

The Quarry Life Award consists of both national and international competitions. In North America, a jury of experts selected three proposals to be carried out during the research phase from January through September of 2018.

In the fall of 2018, the North American jury will grant two national awards with prizes of €5,000 and €2,500 (approximately $6,000 and $3,000 in U.S. dollars). Simultaneously, all participating projects will also be individually assessed by an international jury and will compete for international prizes. Learn more about the Quarry Life Award and view the project proposals at or on Facebook at