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STONECO OF MICHIGAN, RECOGNIZED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCEPress Release – WHC Silver Certified
STONECO OF MICHIGAN, RECOGNIZED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE
SILVER SPRING, MD, August 22, 2018— Michigan Materials and Aggregate Co, CRH Americas Materials, Inc. demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship by achieving Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Conservation Certification for its Butterfly Gardens at the Stoneco of Michigan, Ottawa Lake, Maybee and Newport Quarries in Southeast Michigan.
The Stoneco Ottawa Lake Quarry was designated as Certified Silver, signifying leadership among the over 700 WHC Conservation Certification programs. Programs are given a Certified, Silver Certified or Gold Certified designation.
The objective of these projects was to increase habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. The plants chosen for the garden area and grassland were specifically targeting Monarch Butterflies. Michigan DNR has reported the decline in Monarch Butterfly habitat. Monarch Butterflies cannot survive without milkweed. The flowering species planted also supports a variety of bees, butterflies and other species.
Stoneco also hosted an event to raise awareness, enhance habitat, and provide opportunity for conservation action and community engagement. An Insect Hotel was built adjacent to the school tour area at our Ottawa Lake Quarry. During the company’s annual “Bring Your Kids to Work Day” event, our employees and their children participated in placing materials in the Insect Hotel. Studies have shown that Pollinators, Native Bees, and Insects are in decline. The insect hotel project promoted conservation by providing shelter for insects and was the WHC Winner for Judges Choice for Excellence in Ingenuity and Implementation.
The Stoneco is recognized as meeting the strict requirements of WHC Conservation Certification,” said Margaret O’Gorman, President, WHC. “Companies achieving WHC Conservation Certification, like Stoneco of Michigan, are environmental leaders, voluntarily managing their lands to support sustainable ecosystems and the communities that surround them.”
Wildlife Habitat Council promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education. WHC Conservation Certification programs take corporate sustainability goals and objectives and translate them into tangible and measurable on-the-ground actions. Through a focus on building collaboration for conservation with corporate employees, other conservation organizations, government agencies and community members, WHC programs focus on healthy ecosystems and connected communities. WHC-assisted wildlife habitat and conservation education programs are found in 47 states, the District of Columbia and 22 countries.