Vulcan Materials Co. has been awarded the prestigious Conservation Education Award at the Wildlife Habitat Council's (WHC) 26th Annual Symposium, Celebrating Corporate Conservation. Vulcan was recognized for its outstanding national legacy in the pursuit of excellence in wildlife habitat conservation education and outreach.
"It is a tremendous honor for our company, and for our employees, to be recognized for our commitment to environmental education and sustainability. Many of our sites are located in and around areas with limited habitat for wildlife. By preserving portions of our land and establishing designated habitat areas, we provide sanctuaries for many plant and animal species," said Tom Hill, president and CEO of Vulcan Materials Company.
The Conservation Education Award recognizes a corporation which has a history of striving for excellence in conservation education and outreach. The award honors an organization for its combined efforts in providing educational experiences and opportunities for personal contact with the natural world, benefiting both employees and the surrounding community. Nominees for the Conservation Education Award are selected from member corporations that submit applications for Corporate Lands for Learning certification or re-certification in a given year.
Margaret O'Gorman, President of the Wildlife Habitat Council, said in making the announcement, "We applaud Vulcan Materials for its outstanding commitment to establishing site-based education programs, linked soundly to habitat enhancement projects. This award is not for one specific program at one specific site. But rather, it honors the entire company for its collective efforts in providing quality and accessible education experiences and opportunities in the communities where Vulcan operates throughout the country."
In addition to receiving the Conservation Education Award at the Wildlife Habitat Council Symposium, Vulcan's Liberty Quarry (South Carolina) was also a finalist for the Upland Wildlife Management Award, and was a Duck's Unlimited 2014 Wings Over Wetlands finalist. Liberty High School, one of Vulcan's 286 partners in education, won the Wildlife Habitat Council's Community Partner of the Year Award for its work with Liberty Quarry.
Other winners included companies such as:
- Lafarge (Ravena Plant)
- Bridgestone Americas Inc.
- General Motors Co.
- Pfizer Inc.
- Consumer Healthcare.
- Sherwood Campus.
- Waste Management.
- Michelin/Waste Management.
- Campground Natural Area.
- Waste Management of New York LLC.
- High Acres Landfill and Recycling Center.