MUSCATINE, Iowa (Nov. 12, 2010)—For its replacement of 15 acres of turf grass with native landscapes at the Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions facility in Muscatine, the company has been given the Wildlife Habitat Council's “Wildlife at Work” certification.
BBTS, a division of Bridgestone Americas, now has a total of 25 acres of native landscapes at the Muscatine site, where the company replaced turf grass in May 2009 with native plants that do not depend on water, fertilization or mowing.
The initiative eliminated constant maintenance costs to save the company an estimated more than $100,000 annually, while creating a habitat for native plant and animal wildlife species.
BBTS received the WHC certification at the organization's 22nd annual symposium, held Nov. 10-11 in Baltimore.
The BBTS Muscatine Native Landscapes Project is the 10th Bridgestone Americas habitat initiative to receive certification from the WHC. The Nashville, Tenn.-based tire maker said each project is part of its corporate “One Team, One Planet” global environmental initiative.