Project Cornerstone's mission is to educate the public about the importance of local construction aggregates (i.e., sand, gravel and crushed stone) through hands-on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Construction aggregates are used to build roads, houses, schools and all other infrastructure; they are the cornerstone of our communities.
Inform the public that using locally sourced minerals has environmental and economic benefits.
Educate students and teachers how construction aggregate is produced and where it is used in their everyday lives.
Promote the use of local resources to satisfy projected demand.
Endorse the conservation of classified and designated mineral resources for future development.
While the relationship between EnviroMINE, Inc. and Project Cornerstone, Inc. is close, the two entities' missions and objectives are very different. Project Cornerstone rents office space and shares staff with EnviroMINE; however, the two organizations' activities are conducted completely separate from one another. Project Cornerstone's activities are focused on the education of the construction aggregates industry, as a whole, throughout all of San Diego County, and does not represent specific projects in the permitting process.
Project Cornerstone is nonprofit with tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3) are charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, and preventing cruelty to children or animals. The term charitable is used in its generally accepted legal sense and includes relief of the poor, the distressed, or the underprivileged; advancement of religion; advancement of education or science; erecting or maintaining public buildings, monuments, or works; lessening the burdens of government; lessening neighborhood tensions; eliminating prejudice and discrimination; defending human and civil rights secured by law; and combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency. (IRS)