For more than 29 years, the legacy companies that make up Covia, have partnered with Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) to promote sustainability, biodiversity and conversation education. Ranging from pollinator gardens to bat habitats, these projects have promoted environmental stewardship from the ground up. In fact, Covia is WHC’s fifth longest standing member, with 36 certified sites.

Today, Covia received notification that seven Covia projects have been nominated for WHC Project Awards. They include:

  • Unimin Canada Ltd., Nepheline Syenite Operations Program – NSO Turtle Nesting Survey project for the Reptiles and Amphibians Award
  • Unimin Specialty Minerals, Inc., Tamms/Elco Plants, Bat habitat, Caves and Subterranean Habitats Award
  • Wisconsin Industrial Sand Co., Hager City/Bay City, Cave-dwelling Bats, Bats (project) Award
  • Wisconsin Industrial Sand Co., Hager City/Bay City, Bay City Underground Mine, Caves and Subterranean Habitats Award
  • Wisconsin Industrial Sand Co., Menomonie Earth Day with MMS, Formal Learning Project Award
  • Wisconsin Industrial Sand Co., Hager City/Bay City, Threatened Cave Bats, Species of Concern Award
  • Utica Plant, Unimin Community Pollinator Garden, Landscaped Area Award

Nominees for the awards represent projects and companies with outstanding WHC Wildlife at Work programs. These voluntary programs, certified by the WHC, aim to create, conserve and restore wildlife habitat on corporate lands. Project Award Winners will be announced at the upcoming WHC Conservation Conference, November 13- 14.

Covia has also earned nominations for the following prestigious awards:

  • Employee Engagement Award: Presented to one organization, this award recognizes a company’s involvement in conservation through the sheer force of its employee teams who participate in its habitat and conservation education activities.
  • Corporate Leadership Award: WHC’s top award honors one company’s overall achievement in conservation efforts, and signifies an exemplary level of corporate commitment to biodiversity and conservation education, and meaningful alignments with global conservation objectives.

Congratulations to all of the nominees. This honor is reflective of everyone’s hard work and commitment to conservation.

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