NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 25, 2009)—Bridgestone Americas' plant in Warren County, Tenn., has been recognized as the Wildlife Habitat Council's Corporate Habitat of the Year for 2009.
The award, presented to Bridgestone at the council's annual national symposium held in Baltimore, recognizes companies or facilities that demonstrate “superior habitat enhancement and restoration” based on criteria such as improvements to habitat, scope of projects, level and length of commitment, outside group involvement, employee involvement and environmental credibility, Bridgestone said.
The Nashville-based tire maker's plant earned the award for its wildlife habitat, which was certified as a WHC Wildlife at Work location in 2004, and the Bridgestone Environmental Education Classroom & Habitat, which was established in 2008 and was certified in 2009 as a WHC Corporate Lands for Learning site.
The BEECH program is designed to provide young people with hands-on environmental education. According to Bridgestone, about 5,000 students have already participated in the program.