|Organization||Subsidiary||Program Name||Certification Tier||State / Province||Country||Certified Through|
|ExxonMobil||ExxonMobil Houston Campus||Certified Gold||2019|
|Project Type||Project Name|
|Avian||Cavity-nesting birds (multiple species)|
|Awareness / Engagement||Earth Day Outreach and Education|
|Awareness / Engagement||Organized Bird Watching Events|
|Awareness / Engagement||Pollinator Awareness Event|
|Landscaped||Native Tree Preservation Program (Landscaping)|
|Wetlands and Water Bodies||East and West Lakes|
ExxonMobil’s Houston Campus sites on 385 acres in Spring, Texas, approximately 25 miles from Houston, Texas. The site consists of numerous office buildings, an energy center, a wellness center, and a laboratory, which are all designed to be energy efficient with sustainability in mind. The campus, which is surrounded by woodlands and is within the Spring Creek watershed, contain a variety of habitats such as upland forests, ravine forests, riparian zones, swamp forests, and two constructed lakes. Within the site, ExxonMobil strives to increase wildlife diversity by increasing species richness and structural by creating new aquatic wetland habitats and preserving existing forested areas.
Projects and Impacts
• Since January 2011, the Wildlife Team has preserved 190 acres of terrestrial forests, ravine forests, riparian communities, and swamp forests. These habitats support a variety of vegetation that range from loblolly pine and hickory to duckweed and water elm to wetland shrubs and sedge species. Since implementation, a total of 343 native trees have been preserved either in place or transplanted. The team actively manages the site to increase species richness and structural diversity in plant communities to support native wildlife and vegetation. Employees participate in passive management through conducting wildlife observations and reporting in which, thus far, they have observed species such as deer, armadillos, foxes, bobcat, egrets, coyotes, and a variety of others.
• The team actively manage 2 lakes encompassing 11 total acres on the site. East and West Lakes were constructed to create aquatic habitat for species that require freshwater and near-water terrestrial habitat dominated by native forbs and small native trees. The lakes are home to a variety of wetland dependent species, herbaceous perennials, and upland grasses that provide valuable habitat for native wildlife, as well as aid in improved water quality and storm water runoff for the area. LakePro, Gilbane Harvey, Hargreaves Associates, Valley Crest Landscape Development, Inc., and Environmental Design aid in the development and construction of the project as well as monitoring and managing the lakes for invasive species.
• There are 6 nesting boxes that are actively managed and maintained throughout the site to support cavity-nesting birds such as eastern bluebirds, Carolina wren, tufted titmouse, wood ducks, and black bellied whistling ducks. The boxes provide nesting and breeding habitat for song birds, as well as foster an understanding and caring for avian biodiversity and life cycles by bringing employee volunteers closer to native bird species. Employees monitor the nests every 2 weeks and look for sign of occupancy as well as maintenance needs. The team notes success thus far as the nesting boxes have continually been occupied and there are no concerns.
• In addition to habitat and species management projects, the ExxonMobil Houston Campus participates in numerous community engagement and awareness project. The campus’s outreach and education series relates to all habitat management projects on site in that volunteers conduct surveys of avian species that occur in the various habitats. On average 4 times per year, employees and community members gain valuable knowledge of species identification and habitats by working closely with local experts to monitor the site for wildlife usage. Also, an annual earth day celebration is held in which more than 600 community members and employees participate in an event that focuses on sustainability and recycling initiatives. Also, a pollinator awareness event is held once per year that helps lay the foundation for a future on-the-ground effort that will create a new habitat and manage actions to support a full life cycle of butterfly species as well as promote pollinator awareness through education and learning opportunities for school age children. Finally, the team participates in wildlife rehabilitation and release in which 2 red-tailed hawks have been released in safe locations on site. The team hopes to increase the biodiversity of green species as well as enable organizations involved in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation to do more.