The William W. Howard C.E.O. Award, named for a former president of WHC, recognizes a corporate member which has a history of striving for excellence in Conservation Education and Outreach. Different than other recognition levels, this award honors not a single program, but rather an entire organization, for its combined efforts in providing educational experiences, access to quality education opportunities, and the opportunity to experience personal contact with the natural world to its employees and the surrounding community.
Nominees are selected from member corporations that submit applications for Corporate Lands for Learning certification or re-certification in a given year. Each CLL certification or re-certification is scored against a rubric which measures quality of curricula rigor and relevance, employee involvement and commitment, and the overall sustainability and quality of the educational program offering. If a CLL application scores at an exemplary level, all CLL applications from that member corporation for the last three (3) years will be obtained from the WHC archives for review. These applications, along with the following criteria, will build a “portfolio” of education and outreach efforts sustained by that member corporation:
- Current and past CLL certification and re-certification applications for the last three years
- A list of all Conservation Education Site (CES) registrations for the member company and all related registration materials, such as submission forms and references
- Exemplary Wildlife at Work applications (will be reviewed for education and outreach efforts not reflected in CLL or CES applications)
Learn more about past award winners in the Awards Directory.