General Motors’ Wentzville Assembly and Stamping has been recognized by the Wildlife Habitat Council for enhancing biodiversity at the facility and engaging community partners to promote wildlife conservation and education.
The plant has received a Corporate Lands for Learning certification for its partnership with the Wentzville School District. The certification program recognizes outstanding environmental education efforts that offer hands-on learning opportunities on corporate lands to teach ecological concepts and the human role in conservation.
“Our habitat program provides significant benefits to the environment and we appreciate the dedicated employees who manage it,” said Nancy Laubenthal, GM Wentzville Plant manager. “It also serves as an outdoor classroom to educate youth and the community on the importance of conservation.”
This year, Wentzville School District sixth-graders took a field trip to Peruque Valley Park where they conducted habitat surveys, water chemistry tests and macro-invertebrate studies. They used their findings to create management plans for improving water quality.
Students from Holt High’s AP science class came onsite to study monarch butterflies and their loss of habitat. They followed up by planting over 600 milkweed seeds in hopes of restoring the butterfly habitat.
Girl Scout Troop 3099 learned about the eastern bluebird’s habitat, diet, and nesting habits. They used this information to build bluebird boxes, one of which was placed at the Wentzville Assembly Center Wildlife Habitat Area as part of efforts to establish nesting sites throughout the Wentzville community.
GM Wentzville Assembly and Stamping is one of 40 GM facilities around the world with conservation programs certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council.
GM has more certifications than any automaker and has committed to creating and securing wildlife habitat certifications or equivalent at each of its manufacturing sites globally by 2020. The company actively manages nearly 5,000 acres of wildlife habitat globally, representing 22 percent of the certified sites’ overall footprint.