2021 WHC Awards – Presented by Boeing

Congratulations to the 2021 WHC Award winners and finalists. 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, Bayer and Ontario Power Generation.

Corporate Conservation Leadership Award

  • Winner! Waste Management

Employee Engagement Award

  • Winner! Bayer

Gold Program of the Year Award

  • Winner! Ontario Power Generation, Western Waste Management Facility and Bruce Complex
Avian Project Award:
  • Summit Materials, Cornejo Wildlife Project
  • Winner! Vulcan Materials, Havre de Grace Quarry
Awareness and Community Engagement Project Award:
  • Buzzi Unicem USA, Stockertown Plant
  • CEMEX, Las Salinas & Laguna Cabral (República Dominicana)
  • Winner! Waste Management, Bucks County Landfills
Bats Project Award:
  • Winner! Freeport-McMoRan, Unidad de Producción Cerro Verde
  • Waste Management, Charles City County Landfill
Forest Project Award:
  • BASF, Williamsburg
  • Winner! CEMEX, Las Salinas & Laguna Cabral (República Dominicana)
  • Flint Hills Resources, Pine Bend
  • Waste Management, Campground Natural Area
Formal Learning Project Award:
  • Winner! Bridgestone Americas, Aiken County Off Road Tire Plant
  • Grifols Therapeutics, Clayton Facility
Grasslands Project Award:
  • Winner! Crestwood Midstream, FBIR Grassland Reclamation
  • Exelon, Hitt’s Siding Prairie
  • ITC Holdings, Transmission Line Right-of-Way at Chippewa Nature Center
Green Infrastructure Project Award:
  • Winner! Davey Resource Group, WSSI Native Habitat
Invasive Species Project Award:
  • Winner! CRH Americas, Gravette Quarry Site
Landscaped Project Award:
  • Summit Materials, Alleyton Resources
  • Winner! Waste Management, Bucks County Landfills
  • Waste Management, Guadalupe Recycling & Disposal Facility
Mammals Project Award:
  • Freeport-McMoRan, Unidad de Producción Cerro Verde
  • Winner! Vulcan Materials, Conservation of biodiversity and environmental services in the Mesoamerican Reef
  • Waste Management, El Sobrante Landfill and Wildlife Preserve
Marine Intertidal Project Award:
  • Winner! BP, Cherry Point Refinery
  • Freeport-McMoRan, PTFI
Other Habitats Project Award:
  • AriensCo, AriensCo Conservation
  • Winner! California Resources, Elk Hills Conservation Area
  • CEMEX, Lake Wales Sand Mine
  • Vulcan Materials, Azusa Rock
Pollinator Project Award:
  • ITC Holdings, Transmission Line Right-of-Way at Chippewa Nature Center
  • Winner! Waste Management, Bucks County Landfills
Remediation Project Award:
  • Winner! Boeing, Santa Susana Field Laboratory
Reptiles and Amphibians Project Award:
  • Winner! CRH Americas, Dufferin Aggregates Acton Quarry
  • Georgia-Pacific, Chiefland Landfill
Rocky Areas Project Award:
  • Winner! Exelon, Goat Hill Serpentine Barrens Restoration
Species of Concern Project Award:
  • CRH Americas, Dufferin Aggregates Acton Quarry
  • Winner! Freeport-McMoRan, Unidad de Producción Cerro Verde
  • Toyota, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing
  • Waste Management, El Sobrante Landfill and Wildlife Preserve
Training Project Award:
  • Winner! ITC Holdings, Transmission Line Right-of-Way at Tomlinson Arboretum
Wetlands and Water Bodies Project Award:
  • CRH Americas, Dufferin Aggregates Acton Quarry
  • Winner! Exelon, Morton Wetland

Award finalists and winners were chosen from Conservation Certification applications submitted from July 15, 2020 – December 31, 2020. (Applications received January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021 will be considered for the 2022 WHC Awards. Applications under appeal are not considered.)

The winners were announced at Conservation Conference, held virtually on June 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.

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.