Celebrating Earth Day and our Partnership with Wildlife Habitat Council

Celebrating Earth Day and our Partnership with Wildlife Habitat Council


DID YOU KNOW?

We have a partnership with Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) - an organization that promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education. This year, we announced several site-specific projects that have received a certification from the WHC as great recognition for their commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. We are very proud of these efforts, including, our pollinator garden in Kings Mountain, North Carolina and our nature trail in Tyrone, Pennsylvania. We are even more excited to continue this celebration by sharing another site that was recognized by the Wildlife Habitat Council for environmental stewardship and upholding our commitment to sustainability.

Our employees at the Process Development Center (PDC) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana have teamed up with W.R. Grace to sponsor a habitat enhancement program aimed at improving the local habitat for native plants and animals. The effort consists of four main projects. Learn more about each one below!

LAKE ETHYL

Local team members are improving the shoreline of Lake Ethyl, located on-site, by adding and monitoring the growth of native cypress trees. They also added two turtle basking platforms using redwood recycled from the cooling tower. Additionally, they monitor and plan on upgrading the raptor pole where Ospreys and Bald Eagles perch.

Lake Ethyl with Turtles

WILD FLOWER MEADOW

As part of this effort, the PDC team maintains a quarter-acre wild flower patch. They take of it by mowing the landscape as needed, sowing native wildflower seeds and conducting a plant census.

Wild Flower MeadowBLUEBIRDS

This is the third breeding season of maintaining six bird houses around Lake Ethyl. The boxes typically host four native Eastern Bluebird nests each year. See the team in action below, before social distancing was required.

Bluebirds

BUTTERFLY GARDEN

This project turned an ordinary lawn into a demonstration garden using native plants to attract butterflies by providing food for adults and their caterpillars. It is also a social space historically used for hosting outdoor gatherings like the Spring Wildlife Habitat Appreciation Lunch in 2019 shown below.

Butterfly Garden

WHAT'S NEXT?

Follow along as we continue to share more about our commitment to sustainability, and announce other sites that have been certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council.