Stone, Sand & Gravel REVIEW - September/October 2017 - 28
Table 1. Demonstrating conservation value beyond the fence line through enhanced biodiversity metrics.
Project: Pit reclamation
using native grasses
S ample data generated through WHC Conservation Certification: acreage,
employee hours, large-scale alignments, local relevance, # and type of
Repackaging project value for maximum ROI through alignments
Restoration of native grassland
is an objective of the state
wildlife action plan of State X,
supported by USFWS.
Native habitat restoration supports
a healthy watershed and increases
recharge, a stated community concern
of the neighborhood.
Grasslands with milkweed are valuable
habitat for common ground nesting birds and
pollinators, addressing priorities from the
local Audubon chapter and Monarch Watch.
sustainability reporting, benchmarking exercises and the development of environmental targets
from WHC members engaged in
voluntary conservation activities
across a variety of industry sectors,
As much as a single, universal unit
of measure for biodiversity could
be useful, there isn't one available
at this time. For nearly 30 years,
operations have used the number of
certified programs as a measure of
success through WHC Conservation
Certification. NSSGA members can
turn to Voluntary Sustainability
Standards (VSS) as a proxy for standard biodiversity metrics.
Stakeholders want to better
understand what the operation's
environmental stewardship practices really mean to them and their
communities. After all, community
residents likely will not generally
connect with industry terms. With
growing pressure for corporate
Photo courtesy of WHC and Oldcastle Materials Inc.
28 STONE, SAND & GRAVEL REVIEW, September/October 2017