2016 WHC Award Winners and Nominees

Congratulations to the 2016 WHC Award winners and nominees. The WHC Awards honor excellence in corporate conservation; recipients include both national and international companies across a variety of industry sectors. This year’s top awards, signifying leadership in conservation, were won by General Motors and CEMEX.

CORPORATE CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP AWARD
Winner General Motors Company

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AWARD
Winner General Motors Company

GOLD PROGRAM AWARD
Winner CEMEX, El Carmen 

Avian Project Award
Winner Freeport-McMoRan Inc., Safford Operations
– General Motors, St. Catharines Powertrain
– Oldcastle Materials, Oldcastle Nature Trail at the Marcus Autism Center

Awareness and Community Engagement Project Award
– Buzzi Unicem USA, Inc., Wildlife Habitat and Outdoor Classroom, Pryor, OK
Winner CEMEX, Atotonilco 
– Monsanto, Monsanto Chesterfield

Bats Project Award
– DTE Energy, Belle River Mills Compressor Station
Winner DTE Energy, Muskegon Service Center 
– Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia Inc.

Desert Project Award
Winner CEMEX, El Carmen 

Forest Project Award
Winner CEMEX, El Carmen 
– Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Farley Nuclear Plant
– Monsanto, Monsanto Chesterfield

Formal Learning Project Award
– Bridgestone Americas, Inc., Bridgestone Neumaticos de Monterrey
– General Motors, Joinville Engine
Winner General Motors, Langley (Vancouver) Parts Distribution Centre 

Grasslands Project Award
– Exelon Corporation, Lake Forest Prairie
– Exelon Corporation, Pratts Wayne Woods
Winner Freeport-McMoRan Inc., Tyrone 

Green Infrastructure Project Award
– Monsanto, Monsanto Company Chesterfield
– ITC Holdings, Belleville Warehouse
Winner ITC Holdings, Wayland Warehouse 

Invasive Species Coordinated Approaches Project Award
 Winner LafargeHolcim, Lafarge Texada Quarry 

Invasive Species Project Award
– Oldcastle Materials, Oldcastle Nature Trail at the Marcus Autism Center
Winner Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Farley Nuclear Plant 

IVM Project Award
Winner Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation, El Cerrito Integrated Vegetation Management Program 
– Pepco Holdings, Inc., Transmission Right-of-Way

Landscaping Project Award
Winner California Resources Corporation, THUMS Islands 
– General Motors, Boryeong Transmission
– ITC Holdings, Belleville Warehouse

Mammals Project Award
Winner CEMEX, El Carmen 
– Koch Industries, Inc., Beaverhead Ranch

Other Habitats Project Award
Winner Bridgestone Americas, Inc., Bridgestone Neumaticos de Monterrey 

Pollinator Project Award
– General Motors, Rochester Operations
– Monsanto, Hollandale Site
Winner Oldcastle Materials, Oldcastle Nature Trail at the Marcus Autism Center 

Reptiles and Amphibians Project Award
– Abbott, Abbott Park
Winner Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Farley Nuclear Plant 

Species of Concern Project Award
Winner CEMEX, El Carmen 
– Vulcan Materials Company, Cantera CALICA

Training Project Award
Winner Buzzi Unicem USA, Inc., Wildlife Habitat and Outdoor Classroom, Pryor, OK 
– General Motors, Edmonton Parts Distribution Centre
– General Motors, Langley (Vancouver) Parts Distribution Centre

Wetlands and Water Bodies Project Award
Winner CSX Transportation, CSX Nocatee Site 
– Waste Management, Oak Ridge Recycling and Disposal Facility
– Waste Management, SCA Independent Landfill

Award nominees and winners were chosen from Conservation Certification applications submitted from January 1, 2016 – August 1, 2016. (Applications received after August 1, 2016 will be considered for the 2017 WHC Awards. Applications under appeal are not considered for awards until the following calendar year.)

Corporate Conservation Leadership Award
Our top award honors one company’s overall achievement in conservation efforts, and signifies an exemplary level of corporate commitment to biodiversity and conservation education, and meaningful alignments with global conservation objectives.

Employee Engagement Award

Presented to one organization, this award recognizes a company’s involvement in conservation through the sheer force of its employee teams who participate in its habitat and conservation education activities.

Gold Program Award

This award recognized the overall depth of one exceptional program in the Gold Certified tier.

Avian Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest-scoring projects in this theme, the project demonstrates adequate monitoring of targeted species and at least 1 associated factor (e.g. food sources), and the project must be adaptively managed.

Awareness and Community Engagement Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project meets a need identified by an external group, company or community group based on study or other information, and must clearly relate to a habitat or species project on-site (or support some other conservation project).

Bats Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project demonstrates adequate monitoring of targeted species and at least 1 associated factor (e.g. food sources), and includes evaluation of monitoring results to develop next steps for the project.

Desert Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project must have appropriate adaptive management practices, annual monitoring, and includes evaluation of monitoring results to develop next steps for the project.

Forest Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project must be adaptively managed using appropriate techniques, and monitored adequately at least once per year with results evaluated to create next steps.

Formal Learning Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project must be mapable to academic standards, meet a need identified by the community, and clearly relate to a habitat or species project on site (or support some other conservation project).

Grasslands Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project demonstrates adequate monitoring of vegetation at least two times a year or adequate monitoring of vegetation at least annually, demonstrates adequate monitoring of at least 1 additional aspect (e.g. wildlife use), and uses the evaluation to create next steps for the project.

Green Infrastructure Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project demonstrates that there are multiple features of the project that directly impact biodiversity, and the information about the biodiversity impacts are shared.

Invasive Species Coordinated Approaches Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project must have a comprehensive plan to identify, control and prevent invasive species.

Invasive Species Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project demonstrates adequate annual monitoring, and the control and prevention methods should incorporate appropriate practices. 

IVM Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project has a procedure in place documenting that vegetation management was completed, and the information from the evaluation is used to determine next steps in the project.

Landscaping Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project has an adequate monitoring protocol, and the results of the evaluation are used to create next steps for the project.

Mammals Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project demonstrates adequate monitoring of the targeted species, and the monitoring results are used to create next steps for the project.

Other Habitats Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project is adaptively managed using appropriate techniques and monitored adequately with results evaluated to create the next steps for the project.

Pollinator Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project demonstrates adequate monitoring of targeted species at least once per year and at least 1 associated factor (e.g.  food sources), and should have a policy integrated into overall site operations to minimize, eliminate or apply responsible use practices of pesticides and herbicides with supporting documentation.

Reptiles and Amphibians Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project demonstrates adequate monitoring of the targeted species and at least 1 associated factor (such as food sources), and uses the results of monitoring data to create next steps in the project.

Species of Concern Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project must include a commitment to long-term or permanent protection, and the data collected about the target species during monitoring is shared with external organizations.

Training Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project must meet a need identified by an external group, company or community group based on study or other information, and the project must clearly relate to a habitat or species project on-site (or support some other conservation project).

Wetlands and Water Bodies Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project demonstrates adequate monitoring and use of monitoring data to create next steps in the project.

Award nominees and winners were chosen from Conservation Certification applications submitted from January 1, 2016 – August 1, 2016. (Applications received after August 1, 2016 will be considered for the 2017 WHC Awards. Applications under appeal are not considered for awards until the following calendar year.)

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