In the fall of 2017, Nine Mile Point (NMP) officially received word that we had achieved Gold Level Certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), the organization’s highest level of conservation certification. Congratulations to the NMP Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC) on this achievement! Their efforts with leadership from Site Environmental Chemist Jeanne Robideau made this accomplishment possible.
“Certification is a detailed process and to have achieved the highest level on our initial application is very exciting,” Robideau said. “My favorite quote of all time is from Primatologist Jane Goodall: ‘You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.’ I strive to apply that philosophy every day in everything I do.”
Robideau and the ESC began the application process for certification in 2015. A WHC representative visited the site and made recommendations for projects the site could undertake based upon our surrounding habitat and ecosystems.
The ESC got right to work acquiring materials and engaging support from local Boy Scouts, including one working on his Eagle Scout project. Together, committee members and scouts built and installed six Wood Duck nest boxes and four bat houses on NMP property in 2016.
In 2017, the ESC again partnered with local scouts to construct blue bird houses – 10 at the plant and several others at two parks in the county. The committee also enlisted the help of a local middle/high school environmental club to expand the site’s pollinator garden to include nearly 10 different plant species native to New York, and a retiring member of the ESC installed a bee hive and continues to actively participate in its monitoring and maintenance.
Upon completion of these projects, Nine Mile Point submitted its application for certification in July 2017.
“I am so very thankful to the members of the Environmental Stewardship Committee who have worked so hard on our projects. We could not have achieved Gold Certification status without having this team of engaged and diligent environmentally-conscious people,” Robideau said. “We look forward to the future with new members and new projects to begin.”