2019 WHC Award Winners and Nominees

Congratulations to the 2019 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 Bayer, Waste Management and Koch Industries.

Corporate Conservation Leadership Award

  • Winner! Bayer

Employee Engagement Award

  • Winner! Waste Management

Gold Program Award

  • Winner! Koch Industries, Beaverhead Ranch

Avian Project Award, finalists:

  • Winner! BP, Warm Springs Ponds
  • Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Creswell/Frey Farm Landfill
  • PPG Industries, Monroeville Business & Technology Center
Awareness and Community Engagement Project Award, finalists:
  • CEMEX, Monterrey “Tanque Prieto”, “Mitras ” y “ATM” (México)
  • CEMEX, Tepeaca (México)
  • Winner! Dow, Ward Hollow Wildlife Habitat, Technology Park
Bats Project Award, finalists:
  • FCA, US Headquarters and Technology Center
  • Freeport-McMoRan, Copper Queen Branch
  • Winner! Lafarge Canada, Onoway Aggregates – Onoway Wash Plant
Forest Project Award, finalists:
  • Bayer, Chesterfield
  • Winner! Covia, Planta San Juan
  • Flint Hills Resources, Pine Bend
  • Marathon Petroleum, Marathon Gardens
Formal Learning Project Award, finalists:
  • Bridgestone, Aiken County PSR / LTR
  • Winner! Freeport-McMoRan, Port Nickel
  • General Motors, São Caetano do Sul Complex
Grasslands Project Award, finalists:
  • Boeing, Emery Landfill – Wichita
  • Winner! FCA, Dundee Engine Plant
  • ITC, Crow Island State Game Area Partnership
Green Infrastructure Project Award, finalists:
  • Winner! 3M, 3M Center
  • ITC, Wayland Warehouse
Integrated Vegetation Management Project Award:
  • Winner! Exelon, Pepco Transmission Right-of-Way
Invasive Species Project Award, finalists:
  • Winner! BP, Warm Springs Ponds
  • Freeport-McMoRan, Port Nickel
  • Southern Nuclear, Farley Nuclear Plant
Land Conservation Agreements Project Award:
  • Winner! Koch Industries, Beaverhead Ranch
Landscaping Project Award, finalists:
  • Winner! Freeport-McMoRan, Miami
  • Marathon Petroleum, Ohio Refining Division Westwoods
  • Waste Management, Guadalupe Recycling & Disposal Facility
Mammals Project Award, finalists:
  • Winner! BP, Dutchman
  • Koch, Beaverhead Ranch
  • Waste Management, CWM Emelle Facility
Other Habitats Project Award:
  • Winner! Vulcan Materials, Azusa Rock – Chaparral and Coastal Sage Scrub Habitat
Other Species Project Award:
  • Winner! Ontario Power Generation, Wesleyville Site – Trout Project
Pollinator Project Award, finalists:
  • Winner! Boeing, Emery Landfill – Wichita
  • Covia, Planta Lampazos
  • DTE Energy, Huron Renewable Energy Center
  • Waste Management, Okeechobee Landfill
Reptiles and Amphibians Project Award, finalists:
  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Chalk River Labs
  • Winner! Dow, Ward Hollow Wildlife Habitat, Technology Park
Training Project Award, finalists:
  • Winner! Bayer, Chesterfield
  • CRH Americas, Booneville
  • General Motors, Kapuskasing Cold Weather Development Centre
Wetlands Project Award, finalists:
  • Winner! BP, Warm Springs Ponds
  • BP, Dutchman
  • Freeport-McMoRan, Port Nickel
  • Waste Management, American Landfill

Award finalists and winners were chosen from Conservation Certification applications submitted from July 16, 2018 – July 15, 2019. (Applications received after July 15, 2019 will be considered for the 2020 WHC Awards. Applications under appeal are not considered.)

The winners were awarded at the WHC Awards Dinner at the Conservation Conference on November 20, 2019. 

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.