2020 WHC Awards

The WHC Awards recognize excellence in corporate conservation. This year, finalists and winners were chosen from Conservation Certification applications submitted July 15, 2019 to December 31, 2019*. Winners were announced during WHC Connect, Oct. 6 + 7.


View the video presentations:

WHC Species Project Awards
WHC Habitat and Education Project Awards

Corporate Conservation Leadership Award

  • Winner! CEMEX

Employee Engagement Award

  • Winner! DTE Energy

Gold Program of the Year Award

  • Winner! Fidelity Investments, Smithfield, Rhode Island

Ibis Award

  • Winner! Bacardi, Bacardi Bottling Corporation

Avian Project Award, finalists:

  • Exelon, R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Station
  • Freeport-McMoRan, Tyrone
  • Winner! Muskegon County Wastewater Management System, Wastewater Facility
Awareness and Community Engagement Project Award, finalists:
  • Winner! CEMEX, Huichapan “Cerro Pardo” y “Puzolana” (Mexico)
  • CEMEX, Atotonilco: Cerro Jardín + Xoyatla + Coayuca (Mexico)
  • Toyota, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas
Bats Project Award, finalists:
  • Winner! Argos, Newberry Plant
  • Marathon Petroleum, Washington Park
  • Marathon Petroleum, Hutsonville School Nature Habitat
Desert Project Award, finalists:
  • Winner! CEMEX, El Carmen Nature Reserve
  • Waste Management, Greater Wenatchee Regional Landfill and Recycling Center
Forest Project Award, finalists:
  • ExxonMobil, Cold Lake Operations
  • Winner! Fidelity Investments, Smithfield, Rhode Island
  • Marathon Petroleum, Washington Park
Formal Learning Project Award, finalists:
  • Winner! Benjamin Moore, Pell City, Alabama
  • Marathon Petroleum, Savage Branch Wildlife Reserve
Grasslands Project Award, finalists:
  • Marathon Petroleum, Prairie Park
  • Winner! Waste Management, Kirby Canyon Recycling and Disposal Facility
Invasive Species Project Award, finalists:
  • CEMEX, Camp Verde Quarry
  • Winner! Toyota, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas
Landscaping Project Award, finalists:
  • Winner! CEMEX, Ready Mix USA
  • General Motors, Fairfax Assembly and Stamping Plant
  • Waste Management, Austin Community Landfill
Mammals Project Award, finalists:
  • CEMEX, El Carmen Nature Reserve
  • Exelon, R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Station
  • Winner! MEG Energy, Christina Lake Regional Project
Other Habitats Project Award, finalists:
  • Bayer, Soda Springs – Fox Hills Ranch Sage Grouse Habitat
  • Winner! Vulcan Materials, Cajon Creek Habitat Conservation Area – Riversidian Alluvial Fan Sage Scrub Habitat
Other Species Project Award, finalist:
  • Winner! ExxonMobil, Sakhalin
Pollinator Project Award, finalists:
  • Winner! Albemarle, Kings Mountain Pollinator Habitat
  • DTE Energy, Traverse City Gas Operations
  • Fidelity Investments, Smithfield, Rhode Island
Reptiles and Amphibians Project Award, finalists:
  • Georgia-Pacific, Monticello
  • Vulcan Materials, Pilarcitos Quarry
  • Winner! Waste Management, West Carleton Environmental Centre
Rocky Areas Project Award, finalist:
  • Winner! Exelon, R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Station
Species of Concern Project Award, finalist:
  • Winner! Waste Management, Kirby Canyon Recycling and Disposal Facility
Wetlands and Water Bodies Project Award, finalists:
  • AstraZeneca, Waltham
  • Exelon, Newtown Square Substation Stewardship Project
  • Winner! Exelon, Gwynedd Stream Rehabilitation and Protection Project

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.

Ibis Award
This new award for 2020 will recognize a program that has demonstrated resiliency of spirit and advancement of conservation despite shutdowns, quarantines and changes in the workplace. (This award is only eligible for programs submitted for Conservation Certification between January 1, 2020 and July 15, 2020.)

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. 

*Applications received January 1, 2020 – December 15, 2020 will be considered for the 2021 WHC Awards. Applications under appeal are not considered.