2017 WHC Award Winners and Nominees

Congratulations to the 2017 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 Waste Management, Monsanto and Freeport-McMoRan.

CORPORATE CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP AWARD
Winner (Tie) Waste Management and Monsanto Company

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AWARD
Winner Freeport-McMoRan

GOLD PROGRAM AWARD
Winner Freeport-McMoRan, PT Freeport Indonesia 

Avian Project Award
– BASF, Williamsburg
– Winner General Motors, GM Lansing Delta Township Assembly Center
– Monsanto Company, World Headquarters

Awareness and Community Engagement Project Award
– Winner CEMEX, Valles México
– General Motors, GM Vietnam Company Ltd.
– Oldcastle, Dufferin Aggregates Acton Quarry

Bats Project Award
– Winner Freeport-McMoRan, Unidad de Producción Cerro Verde
– Fairmount Santrol, Maiden Rock
– LafargeHolcim, Onoway Aggregates – Onoway Wash Plant

Caves and Subterranean Habitats Award
– Winner Fairmount Santrol, Maiden Rock

Desert Project Award
– Winner Freeport-McMoran, Unidad de Producción Cerro Verde
– Toyota Motor North America, Toyota Arizona Proving Grounds

Forest Project Award
– Freeport-McMoRan, PTFI
– Marathon Petroleum, Marathon Gardens
– Winner Monsanto Company, Molokai Site

Formal Learning Project Award
 Indorama Ventures Xylenes & PTA LLC, Decatur
– Marathon Petroleum, Hutsonville School Nature Habitat
– Winner Marathon Petroleum, Savage Branch Wildlife Reserve

Grasslands Project Award
– Winner ITC, Transmission Line Right-of-Way at Chippewa Nature Center
– Michelin/Waste Management, Campground Natural Area
– Owens Corning, World Headquarters

Green Infrastructure Project Award
– Winner American Transmission Company, ATC Headquarters
– General Motors, GM World Headquarters

Invasive Species Project Award
– Winner American Transmission Company, ATC Headquarters
 Freeport-McMoRan, Unidad de Producción Cerro Verde
 General Motors, GM South Africa Struandale

Landscaping Project Award
– American Transmission Company, ATC Headquarters
– ExxonMobil, Irving HQ
– Winner Waste Management, WM of PA – Bucks County Landfills

Mammals Project Award
– DTE Energy, W.C. Taggart Compressor Station
– Winner Freeport-McMoRan, Unidad de Producción Cerro Verde

Marine Intertidal Project Award
– Boeing, Boeing Plant 2
– Winner Freeport-McMoRan, PTFI

Other Habitats Project Award
– Exelon, BGE – Patuxent National Research Refuge ROW Partnership
– Winner Freeport-McMoRan, PTFI
– General Motors, Quito

Other Species Project Award
– Freeport-McMoRan, Sociedad Contractual Minera El Abra
– Marathon Petroleum, Corporate Office Complex – Enon, Ohio
– Winner Tennessee Valley Authority, Magnolia Combined Cycle Facility

Pollinators Project Award
– BASF, Williamsburg
– Oldcastle, Montpelier North Wildlife Habitat Site
– Winner Waste Management, WM of PA – Bucks County Landfills

Remediation Project Award
– ExxonMobil, The Beede Waste Oil Superfund Site
– Winner Kinder Morgan, Hartford Street Terminal

Reptiles and Amphibians Project Award
– Winner Oldcastle, Dufferin Aggregates Acton Quarry
– Enbridge, Express Pipeline Hibernaculum
– Waste Management, Kirby Canyon Recycling and Disposal Facility

Species of Concern Project Award
– Winner Fairmount Santrol, Maiden Rock
– Waste Management, Kirby Canyon Recycling and Disposal Facility

Training Project Award
– Freeport-McMoRan, Fort Madison Facility
– Winner Freeport-McMoRan, PTFI
– General Motors, Rosario Plant

Wetlands and Water Bodies Project Award
– BP, Warm Springs Ponds
– Exelon, Morton Wetland
– Fairmount Santrol, Maiden Rock
– Winner Oldcastle, Dufferin Aggregates Acton Quarry

Nominees are not announced for the Corporate Conservation Leadership Award, Employee Engagement Award and Gold Program Award. The winners were be awarded at the Conservation Conference on November 9. 

Award nominees and winners were chosen from Conservation Certification applications submitted from August 2, 2016 – July 15, 2017. (Applications received after July 15, 2017 will be considered for the 2018 WHC Awards. Applications under appeal are not considered.)

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 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. 

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.

Marine Intertidal 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.

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.

Other Species 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.

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.

Remediation Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project demonstrates that outcomes have some direct ecological benefit, and the information about the biodiversity impacts are shared.

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 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.)