The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-lobbying organization dedicated to increasing the quality and amount of wildlife habitat on corporate, private and public lands. WHC devotes its resources to building partnerships with corporations and conservation groups to create solutions that balance the demands of economic growth with the requirements of a healthy, biodiverse, and sustainable environment. WHC-assisted wildlife habitat and conservation education programs are found in 43 states, the District of Columbia, and nine other countries.
WHC strives to maintain sustainable office practices consistent with its overall commitment to increasing the amount of quality wildlife habitat. Initiatives focus on reducing the environmental impacts of daily office operations and special events such as conferences.
Highlights of WHC’s green practices include:
1. Initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of conferences:
- Distribution of conference workbooks electronically (saved 285 lbs of paper in 2010)
- Incorporation of local and sustainably produced food items into conference menus
- Encouragement for conference attendees to contribute to conference sustainability (information about sustainable travel and consumption choices, prize drawings for those who participate in sustainable initiatives)
- Complementary take-away bags made from recycled (PET) plastic to all attendees
- Offer water in pitchers instead of plastic bottles
2. Opportunities for employees to telecommute
3. Signage in the office and presentations at staff meetings to encourage sustainable practices in the workplace (minimal printing, turning off of lights and appliances when not in use)
4. Significantly increased use of recycled content and environmentally friendly office products
5. We have added a socially/environmentally responsible retirement fund to our retirement benefit program.
6. Recycled large quantity of paper and donated many reusable items during office clean-up days
7. Utilized video conferencing for annual meeting that includes regional staff to eliminate the carbon footprint associated with traveling to the main office