Sustainability & Environmental Stewardship in Wilmington

DuPont News, June 21, 2012
Volunteers gather for the 6th Annual Site Clean-Up in Wilmington, Del.
Volunteers gather for the 6th Annual Site Clean-Up in Wilmington, Del.


The DuPont Chestnut Run/Barley Mill Plaza Wildlife Habitat Team (CRP/BMP WHT) recently sponsored its Sixth Annual Site Clean-Up. Fifteen employee volunteers collected about 30 bags of trash and removed several large pieces of debris from the wooded areas of the sites, which occupy approximately 240 acres in Wilmington, Del.

The CRP/BMP WHT has more than 50 employee members who manage the sites through active habitat enhancement projects, including monitoring and maintaining bird nesting boxes, planting food and cover plants for wildlife, documenting site plant and animal species inventories, and interacting with local community groups and students.

The team also consulted extensively with the Project Renaissance Team to ensure habitat enhancement was a key consideration of the new Chestnut Run building site, including installation of non-reflective glass to deter bird strikes, planting of several thousand native species plants and installation of additional nesting and roosting boxes providing shelter for birds, ducks and bats.

"Our clean-up volunteers continue to observe an overall decrease in the amount of trash littering our sites from year to year during this event, so we know we are making a positive impact on our community," said Sheryl Zenel of Performance Polymers and WHT co-chair. "We are celebrating 20 years of certification with the Wildlife Habitat Council in 2012 and are proud to represent DuPont along with 14 other DuPont WHC Wildlife at Work certified programs globally.”