WHC honors 2013 wildlife habitat sites
WM sustainability goal surpassed for third year in a row
HOUSTON – In 2007, Waste Management pledged to preserve and restore 25,000 acres of wildlife habitat
across North America, and to earn certifications from Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) at 100 of its facilities.
By 2010, the company achieved that goal, and in 2013, surpassed it even further — protecting more than
27,000 acres at 112 certified sites.
This winter, WM was honored at WHC’s 25th Annual Symposium for its achievements in protecting and
enhancing wildlife habitats. This included a number of certifications and recertifications, which are only
attained after a third-party validates a site’s wildlife management and environmental education efforts.
In 2013, the company earned:
- 32 Wildlife at Work Recertifications
- 8 Corporate Lands for Learning recertifications
- 3 New certifications
- WHC's Conservation and Education Award
In addition, Kirby Canyon Recycling & Disposal, located in Morgan Hill, Calif., took home WHC’s Corporate
Habitat of the Year award, which is given to only one location across North America for outstanding environmental
stewardship. In tandem with great operations, the site has worked with local organizations to populate the
surrounding area with an endangered species of butterfly, called the Bay Checkerspot. By early 2013, 10,000
larvae were introduced to the area.
“The 43 WM wildlife programs being recognized this year set the pace for the corporate conservation community,”
said Margaret O’Gorman, president of WHC. “WM’s leadership in this field is underscored by the fact that they have
more than 100 certified programs, which was achieved by a broad coalition of employees and community volunteers.”
Photo: Barry Caldwell, WM’s senior vice president of public affair and communications, accepts the WHC
Conservation and Education Award