• 23-APR-2013

  • SOURCE: General Motors - Global

Wildlife At Work

How Companies Are Turning their Corporate Lands Into Wildlife HabitatsAnd What YOU Can Do to Help!

When you think of an auto manufacturing plant or a factory, you probably think of cement buildings, large paved parking lots and perhaps a patch of grass. You certainly don't think "wildlife habitat." But working together with the Wildlife Habitat Council, dozens of major corporations like General Motors are now transforming the corporate lands where they operate into tailored wildlife habitats.

Formed in 1988, the WHC was the first organization to bring business and conservation together to create sites that are certified as wildlife habitats. General Motors currently has 25 certified sites, with 60 more targeted to be certified by 2020. It currently manages more than 2,600 acres of wildlife habitat around the world.

Margaret O'Gorman, President of the WHC talks about the WHC's Wildlife at Work and Corporate Lands for Learning programs. She also talks about what companies need to do to get their sites certified and how local schools and community groups can get involved. Margaret is joined by James Bell, head of Consumer Affairs for GM, who talks about GM's 25 certified wildlife habitats at facilities around the USA and in other countries. GM's recycling expertise benefits this program. With 105 landfill-free facilities, GM often gets creative when it comes to recycling and reusing waste. For example, many of these grounds feature scrap Chevrolet Volt battery covers that GM has converted into wood duck and bat nesting boxes.

Available content includes soundbites from James Bell and Margaret O'Gorman, and B-roll.