SILVER SPRING, MD, APRIL 4, 2016 – Today, Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) made available its new certification website and online application for WHC Conservation Certification.
Users are able to go online and register, add projects, upload documentation, submit applications and make payments. This new, entirely virtual application experience allows for greater productivity and organization of conservation projects, and allows users to focus on biodiversity activities instead of paperwork.
Over three years in development, WHC Conservation Certification recognizes meaningful and committed conservation programs on corporate lands, and replaces WHC’s previous certification programs, Wildlife at Work and Corporate Lands for Learning.
“WHC Conservation Certification provides a clear and consistent path towards high quality projects that bring value to the environment and business,” said Margaret O’Gorman, President, Wildlife Habitat Council. “Recognition of corporate conservation practices can help companies meet global biodiversity goals while demonstrating long-term commitment to managing habitat for wildlife, education and community engagement.”
“We’re excited to participate in Conservation Certification,” said WHC Board Chair Kevin Butt, Director, North American Environmental Division, Toyota Motor North America, Inc. “Not only will the new website help better organize our conservation activities, but Conservation Certification provides an important suite of metrics that can assist in our reporting of sustainability goals.”
Built around 26 possible habitat, species and education projects encompassed in the newly published Project Guidances, Conservation Certification is designed to be accessible, flexible, credible, and ultimately drive change on corporate lands of all types. Project Guidances define the components of an outstanding conservation effort, and were developed with the collective knowledge of experts from academia, government, corporations, consulting firms and NGOs.
About Wildlife Habitat Council
Wildlife Habitat Council promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education. WHC’s programs take corporate sustainability goals and objectives and translate them into tangible and measurable on-the-ground actions. WHC membership includes 85 corporations, many of which are Fortune 500 companies, including Bridgestone, Chevron, DuPont, Exelon, Freeport-McMoRan, General Motors, Pacific Gas & Electric and Waste Management. WHC-assisted wildlife habitat and conservation education programs are found in 45 states and 13 countries.