Recognition and Awards

WHC celebrates your Conservation Certification through a variety of channels, and can offer guidance on how to leverage your certification for your company’s internal and external communications activities.

In addition, WHC can provide the following to help your company’s communications activities:

  • Social media and web copy
  • Web banners and badges with the Conservation Certification logo
  • Assistance with drafting press releases to be issued by your company
  • Guidance on strategies to leverage your Conservation Certification for internal and external communications

The Wildlife Habitat Council Awards, presented annually, recognize excellence in corporate conservation. The 2017 WHC Awards will be presented during the 2017 WHC Conservation Conference, November 8-9.

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.

Project Awards
Projects are recognized for their excellence in each of the WHC Project Guidance themes, such as Pollinators, Bats, Grasslands, etc. This category offers projects of all sizes the ability to compete for recognition.

Visit the Awards page to view the most recent winners and nominees.

Award nominees and winners are chosen from Conservation Certification applications received between August 2, 2016 and July 15, 2017. Applications received after July 15, 2017 will be considered for the 2018 WHC Awards. Applications under appeal are not considered for awards until the following calendar year. 

Programs that have achieved WHC Conservation Certification are given one of the following designations: Certified, Certified Silver or Certified Gold. This tier system was established to recognize levels of achievement and encourage improvement.

2017 Tiers

Using Tiers to Encourage Excellence

Motivate your teams to aim for greater impact and higher program scores with the incentive of being designated as a Gold or Silver program.  In addition to recognition at the Conservation Conference and eligibility for WHC Awards, program tiers offer an addition level of promotion, including:

  • Programs will receive a Certified, Certified Silver or Certified Gold badge that can be proudly displayed online or in print publication and signage.
  • Program tiers will be displayed at the Awards dinner.
  • High scoring projects contribute to the overall program score and tier are eligible for Project Awards (e.g. Pollinator Project Award, Grasslands Project Award, etc).
  • The highest scoring programs are eligible for the Gold Program Award. (The 2016 winner was CEMEX El Carmen.)

Development of 2017 Tier Levels

Minimum program scores required to achieve Certified Silver and Certified Gold tiers have increased in 2017. This occurred because a review of 2016 program applications revealed that nearly 40 percent of applications were Certified Gold. While this speaks to the capacity of our members and their dedication to conservation and conservation education, it may be an indication that the thresholds were too low. WHC increased the 2017 thresholds needed to achieve Certification Silver and Certification Gold tiers as shown below by basing thresholds on a curve.

2016 Tiers

Tiering levels are reviewed each year and are subject to change from one year to the next. These adjustments do not change previously certified program levels. If you have any further questions, please contact conservationcertification@wildlifehc.org.

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