USA. Dow Wetlands preserve helps secure top honor

Thursday, 30 November 2006

The Dow Chemical Company has been awarded the Wildlife Habitat Council's Corporate Lands for Learning of the Year Award for its Dow Wetlands Preserve project in Pittsburg, California. The preserve, being recognized for its formation of productive strategic educational partnerships, was presented with the honor at the WHC's 18th Annual Symposium in Baltimore, MD.

The Corporate Lands for Learning of the Year Award is bestowed on a site for outstanding environmental education, stewardship and voluntary employee benefits. Recipients must meet stringent requirements including developing and implementing a site-based education program using wildlife habitat as an outdoor learning laboratory.

Dow has now won all three of the top WHC International Conservation Awards: In 2000, Dow was awarded the Corporate Habitat of the Year Award; in 2003, Dow's partner, Steve Andrews, won the Community Partner of the Year Award. This Corporate Lands for Learning Award marks the third in the "trifecta" of honors for Dow.

The Dow Wetlands Preserve embodies how Dow, through its 2015 Goal commitments, contributes to the quality of life within Dow communities and around the world. Local protection of human health and the environment, as well as contributions to community success, are important areas of focus for the company.

"We are extremely proud to be recognized by the Wildlife Habitat Council for this prestigious award," said Krist Jensen, Dow Wetlands Preserve team leader. "For more than 10 years, The Dow Wetlands Preserve has formed and maintained meaningful educational partnerships between Dow employees and our local communities for the protection and promotion of wildlife habitats and wetlands. We are pleased to be recognized for these achievements."

The Dow Wetlands Preserve has provided learning opportunities for community partners including the University of California - Berkeley and Los Medanos College. These key partnerships enabled The Dow Wetlands to establish research-based programs for high school and college students, while improving their own wildlife habitat. The partnership with the Lindsay Wildlife Museum produced an exemplary program for elementary school students, deeply rooted in the California Academic Standards.

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