2022 WHC Awards

Congratulations to the 2022 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 General Motors and ITC Holdings.

Corporate Conservation Leadership Award

  • Winner! General Motors

Employee Engagement Award

  • Winner! General Motors

Gold Program of the Year Award

  • Winner! ITC Holdings, ITC Corporate Headquarters
Avian Project Award:
  • Winner! Boeing, Emery Landfill-Wichita
  • Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Creswell/Frey Farm Landfill
  • Vulcan Materials, Grandin Sand Plant
Awareness and Community Engagement Project Award:
  • Boeing, Pollinator Prairie
  • Winner! Freeport-McMoRan, Sierrita Mine
Bats Project Award:
  • Ashland, Old York Road Site
  • Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Chalk River Laboratories
  • Owens Corning, Granville Science and Technology Center
  • Winner! Wacker Chemical, Adrian Site
Caves and Subterranean Habitats Project Award:
  • Winner! Freeport-McMoRan, Morenci Mine
Desert Project Award:
  • Winner! Freeport-McMoRan,  Sierrita Mine  
Forest Project Award:
  • Winner! ITC Holdings, Corporate Headquarters
  • Marathon Petroleum, Palestine Neal Pit
  • Marathon Petroleum, Hustonville School Nature Habitat
Formal Learning Project Award:
  • Ashland, Old York Road Site
  • Winner! Bayer, Muscatine Plant and Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve
  • Freeport-McMoRan, Morenci Mine
  • WM, Orchard Ridge Recycling and Disposal Facility
Grasslands Project Award:
  • Winner! Boeing, Emery Landfill-Wichita
  • Exelon, Glenbard Prairie
  • Exelon, Kloempken Prairie
  • Exelon, Linne Prairie
Green Infrastructure Project Award:
  • Winner! Ice Mountain/BlueTriton Brands, Twin Creek Nature Area 
Invasive Species Project Award:
  • Freeport-McMoRan, Chino/Cobre
  • ITC Holdings, Corporate Headquarters
  • Winner! Vulcan Materials, Grandin Sand Plant
Land Conservation Agreement Project Award:
  • Winner! Constellation, Criterion Wind
Landscaped Project Award:
  • BASF, Rensselaer Environmental Education Classroom and Ecology Center
  • Winner! CRH Americas, Booneville
  • ITC Holdings, Corporate Headquarters
Mammals Project Award:
  • Winner! Freeport-McMoRan, Morenci Mine

Other Habitats Project Award:

  • Winner! Exelon, Brandywine ROW Stewardship Program
  • WIN Waste Innovations, Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
  • WM, Simi Valley Landfill and Recycling Center
Other Species Project Award:
  • Winner! Buzzi Unicem, Chattanooga Plant
  • Exelon, Spring Gardens Facility
Pollinator Project Award:
  • Albemarle, Kings Mountain Pollinator Habitat
  • Winner! Boeing, Emery Landfill-Wichita
  • Boeing, Pollinator Prairie
Remediation Project Award:
  • Boeing, Pollinator Prairie
  • Winner! WM, Twin Creeks Landfill
Reptiles and Amphibians Project Award:
  • Bayer, Muscatine Plant and Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve
  • Winner! Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Chalk River Laboratories
  • Covia, Nepheline Syenite Operations
Species of Concern Project Award:
  • Winner! Bayer, Muscatine Plant and Big Sand Mound Nature Preserve
  • General Motors, Warren Technical Center
Training Project Award:
  • CRH Americas, Booneville
  • Winner! Freeport-McMoRan, United Verde Site
  • General Motors, Rosario Plant
Wetlands and Water Bodies Project Award:
  • Winner! Exelon, Gwynedd ROW Stewardship Program
  • Summit Materials, Davenport Plant Wildlife Restoration Areas
  • WM, Orchard Ridge Recycling and Disposal Facility

Award finalists and winners were chosen from Conservation Certification applications submitted from January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021.

The winners were announced at Conservation Conference, held in Detroit on June 14-15, 2021. 

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.