INVISTA’s Waynesboro site recognized for environmental excellence
Employees at INVISTA’s Waynesboro, Virginia, site received international recognition for their contributions to wildlife habitat conservation and education at the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Conservation Conference. INVISTA demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship and education by achieving a two-year Wildlife at Work recertification at its Waynesboro site. This certification recognizes outstanding wildlife habitat management efforts at corporate sites and offers third-party validation of the benefits of such programs.
“The companies we honor today are environmental leaders at local, national and global levels, voluntarily managing lands to support sustainable ecosystems and the communities that surround them,” said Margaret O’Gorman, WHC president. “Congratulations to INVISTA for its successful conservation project to create habitat and increase biodiversity.”
Nearly 80 acres of INVISTA’s Waynesboro site are actively managed for wildlife, including an eastern bluebird monitoring program established in 1993. As part of the program, INVISTA employee volunteers and their families build and maintain ten nest boxes and monitor eastern bluebird nesting activities.
“We’re proud to have maintained a certified Wildlife at Work program for 25 years,” said Brenda Kennell, INVISTA Waynesboro environmental specialist. “This recertification demonstrates INVISTA’s continued commitment to be a good steward of our land and resources.”
INVISTA’s Waynesboro manufacturing facility, credited as the birthplace of spandex, has been in operation for 85 years. The plant produces the LYCRA® fiber found in diapers, swimwear, activewear, intimate apparel and many other types of clothing. The site’s R&D facility supports fiber innovations and new technologies for operations around the globe. In addition to Wildlife at Work programs, INVISTA Waynesboro sponsors an annual South River cleanup day and an Augusta County household hazardous waste collection day.
About Wildlife Habitat Council
Wildlife Habitat Council promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education. WHC’s programs take corporate sustainability goals and objectives and translate them into tangible and measurable on-the-ground actions. Through a focus on building collaboration for conservation with corporate employees, other conservation organizations, government agencies and community members, WHC programs focus on healthy ecosystems and connected communities. WHC-assisted wildlife habitat and conservation education programs are found in 45 states, the District of Columbia and 13 countries. www.wildlifehc.org