Wildlife Habitat Council Teams Up with EPA’s Performance Track Program

Wildlife Habitat Council Teams Up with EPA’s Performance Track Program

The Wildlife Habitat Council has partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to explore alternative ways to protect wildlife habitat, reduce the environmental footprint, and promote greater environmental stewardship at corporate facilities nationwide. The partnership was announced at the U.S. EPA National Environmental Performance Track Members Event on April 9, 2003, in Washington D.C.

Working in partnership with EPA’s Performance Track Network, WHC is helping corporations and other large landowners (including several member facilities of Performance Track) to manage their environmental footprint. "There are compelling economic and environmental benefits of habitat protection," said WHC's Vanessa Kauffman. "By focusing on unused or underutilized lands, companies can learn to manage their properties in an ecologically sensitive manner to promote wildlife habitat and protect the environment."

"The Wildlife Habitat Council and Performance Track are creating opportunities for public and private facilities to protect environmental health and safety and preserve wildlife habitat," said Dan Fiorino, director, EPA National Environmental Performance Track. "For example, to meet their Performance Track commitments and contribute to WHC’s Wildlife at Work initiative, IBM's facility at the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina is reducing their environmental footprint, and enhancing wildlife habitat. Efforts such as these illustrate how facilities involved in Performance Track can really make a difference."

Many WHC members are already pursuing the economic benefits of environmental initiatives such as wildlife habitat enhancement and restoration. Visit WHC's Performance Track Web site to learn about programs being implemented at member sites, such as 3M, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, DuPont Company, IBM Corporation, Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC, and Wacker Chemical Company, among others.
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