2018 WHC Award Winners and Nominees

Congratulations to the 2018 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 DTE Energy, Exelon and General Motors.

Corporate Conservation Leadership Award
– Covia
Winner! DTE Energy
– Exelon

Employee Engagement Award
– Covia
Winner! Exelon
– Shell

Gold Program Award
Winner! General Motors, GM Canada CAMI Assembly Plant
– ITC Holdings, ITC Corporate Headquarters
– Boeing, Santa Susana Field Laboratory

Avian Project Award
– Vulcan Materials, Gold Hill Quarry
Winner! Vulcan Materials, Grandin Sand Plant
– Vulcan Materials, Pleasanton Sand and Gravel

Awareness and Community Engagement Project Award
– ArcelorMittal, Burns Harbor
Winner! Bayer, Camaçari Plant
– Boeing, Pollinator Prairie
– Waste Management, El Sobrante Landfill and Wildlife Preserve

Bats Project Award
– Covia, Hager City/Bay City
Winner! Exelon, Criterion Wind
– Marathon Petroleum, Lincoln Trail College Nature Habitat

Caves and Subterranean Habitats Project Award
– Winner! Covia, Hager City/Bay City
– Covia, Tamms/Elco Plants
– Exelon, Criterion Wind
– Freeport-McMoRan, Morenci Mine

Desert Project Award
Winner! General Motors, San Luis Potosí Complex
– Waste Management, Greater Wenatchee Regional Landfill and Recycling Center

Forest Project Award
– CEMEX, Las Salinas & Laguna Cabral
Winner! Boeing, South Carolina – Keystone/Fairlawn Project
– General Motors, CAMI Assembly Plant
– Pacific Gas & Electric, Diablo Canyon Power Plant & Lands

Formal Learning Project Award
Winner! Bayer, Muscatine Plant and Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve
Covia, Menomonie
– General Motors, CAMI Assembly Plant

Grasslands Project Award
– Freeport-McMoRan, Chino/Cobre
Winner! Marathon Petroleum, Palestine Neal Pit
– PPG, Lime Lakes Barberton, Ohio Area

Green Infrastructure Project Award
– DTE Energy, Michigan Avenue Service Center
– DTE Energy, Traverse City Gas Operations
Winner! ITC Holdings, Iowa City Warehouse

Integrated Vegetation Management Project Award
Winner! Exelon, PECO Conservation Rights-of-Way

Invasive Species Project Award
– Exelon, Quad Cities Generation Station
 Winner! Freeport-McMoRan, Henderson Operations
 General Motors, Guangde Proving Ground
 ITC Holdings, Corporate Headquarters

Invasive Species Coordinated Approaches Project Award
Winner! Waste Management, Varick I Transfer Station

Land Conservation Agreements Project Award
Winner! Exelon, Criterion Wind

Landscaping Project Award
– Covia, Utica Plant
– General Motors, GM Lockport
Winner! Republic Services, Charlotte Motor Speedway Landfill

Mammals Project Award
– CRH Americas, Gravette Quarry Site
Winner! Freeport-McMoRan, Morenci Mine

Marine Intertidal Project Award
Winner! Boeing, Boeing Plant 2
– CSX, Former Gautier Oil Site

Other Habitats Project Award
– ArcelorMittal, Burns Harbor
Winner! Vulcan Materials, Cajon Creek Habitat Conservation Area
 Waste Management, El Sobrante Landfill and Wildlife Preserve

Other Species Project Award
 Winner! Boeing, Santa Susana Field Laboratory
– Exelon, Clinton Power Station
– Exelon, Quad Cities Generation Station

Pollinator Project Award
Winner! BASF, Rensselaer Environmental Education Classroom and Ecology Center
– General Motors, GM Orion Assembly
– Marathon Petroleum, Lincoln Trail College Nature Habitat

Remediation Project Award
Winner! Boeing, Santa Susana Field Laboratory
– Waste Management, Twin Creeks Landfill

Reptiles and Amphibians Project Award
– BASF, Rensselaer Environmental Education Classroom and Ecology Center
– Bayer, Muscatine Plant and Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve
Winner! CEMEX, Las Salinas & Laguna Cabral
– Covia, Nepheline Syenite Operations

Species of Concern Project Award
– Boeing, Santa Susana Field Laboratory
Winner! Covia, Hager City/Bay City
– Exelon, Criterion Wind

Training Project Award
– Boeing, Santa Susana Field Laboratory
– CRH Americas, Cordell Road Facility
Winner! ITC Holdings, ITC Transmission Right-of-Way at Tomlinson Arboretum

Wetlands Project Award
– Bayer, Luling Plant
– CEMEX, Las Salinas & Laguna Cabral
Winner! OPG, Eastern Operations Hydro

Award finalists and winners were chosen from Conservation Certification applications submitted from July 16, 2017 – July 15, 2018. (Applications received after July 15, 2018 will be considered for the 2019 WHC Awards. Applications under appeal are not considered.)

The winners were awarded at the WHC Awards Dinner at the Conservation Conference on November 14. 

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.

Caves and Subterranean Habitats Project Award
Awarded to one of the highest scoring projects in this theme, the project must have appropriate adaptive management practices, adequate monitoring, 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.