Quarry Life Award - Lehigh Hanson, Inc.
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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 fifth 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 selected four quarries to participate in the fifth edition of the Quarry Life Award: the High Rock Quarry in Monroe, Washington; the Eagle Mills Sand & Gravel Plant in Arkansas; the Lincoln Quarry in Lincoln, Illinois; and the Connellsville Quarry in Connellsville, Pennsylvania.  

To participate in the new edition of the competition, students, researchers, NGOs and local communities can submit a project proposal in the “Research” or “Community” streams. A maximum of six project ideas in North America will be selected by a jury of experts from NGOs as well as Lehigh Hanson specialists. Participants have until November 18, 2021, to submit project proposals. From January to September of 2022, Lehigh Hanson will then open its participating quarries for the realization of the selected projects.  

In the fall of 2022, the North American jury will grant four national awards: two for the best projects in the research stream and two for the best projects in the community stream 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. The best projects in each of the six categories will receive an international award of €10,000. The best project overall will receive €30,000.