[Image description]: W.A.I.T. logo featuring monarch butterfly

[Image description]: W.A.I.T. logo featuring monarch butterfly

Wildlife And Industry Together (W.A.I.T.)

W.A.I.T. is designed to encourage corporate landowners to integrate wildlife habitat needs into corporate land management decisions.

As South Carolina becomes increasingly developed, there is less land available for wildlife. Corporate landowners can offset habitat loss by devoting their under-utilized lands to wildlife. This is achieved by matching site employees who are interested in wildlife with community partners to develop habitat plans. The W.A.I.T. program assists corporations, employees, facility neighbors, and other groups who desire to develop environmental projects in partnership with each other.

[Image Description] SCWF’s Jay Keck (left) with Schneider Electric team members in front of their W.A.I.T. sign.

[Image Description] SCWF’s Jay Keck (left) with Schneider Electric team members in front of their W.A.I.T. sign.

Benefits to joining W.A.I.T.:

  • Increased habitat for South Carolina’s native wildlife.

  • Enhanced reputation among the community as a responsible environmental steward.

  • Cost savings through reduced land management spending.

  • Opportunities for new partnerships with community groups including schools, civic organizations, and conservation groups.

  • Access to SCWF staff for exclusive environmental education classes for employees or industry partners.

  • Organization spotlight feature on SCWF website, newsletters, and social media.

  • Positive media coverage opportunities through W.A.I.T. certification, signage display and related media events.

[Image Description]: Fenced garden habitat at Lonza W.A.I.T. site

[Image Description]: Fenced garden habitat at Lonza W.A.I.T. site

[Image Description]: Osprey flying over it’s nest at Duke Energy: Catawba Nuclear Station W.A.I.T. site

[Image Description]: Osprey flying over it’s nest at Duke Energy: Catawba Nuclear Station W.A.I.T. site

GetTING your W.A.I.T. Certification:

Becoming a W.A.I.T. partner is easy! Your organization may already have programs in place that count towards your certification process. SCWF staff will work directly with you to determine projects suited for your organization to help you qualify.

Here are the main components required for certification, and some examples of each: 

1. Wildlife Habitat Enhancement:

2. Employee Education:

  • Guest speakers on nature topics

  • Office display with pictures & info

  • Articles in company newsletter

  • Signage posted near habitat projects

3. Community Outreach:

  • Participation in Adopt-A-Highway or other conservation programs

  • Partnerships with schools, scouts, or other civic organizations

4. Support of SCWF Programs:

  • There are renewal and application fees associated with being a W.A.I.T. partner. Your donation to SCWF helps us create wildlife habitat and education opportunities across the entire state. Click on the W.A.I.T. application or payment options to find the level that best suits your goals!

W.A.I.T. Certified Sites:

3M, Greenville
BMW Manufacturing Corp., Spartanburg
BMW ITRC, Greenville
BorgWarner, Seneca
Duke Energy - Bad Creek Pumped Storage Station
Duke Energy - Catawba Nuclear Station
Duke Energy - Mill Creek Combustion Turbine Station
Duke Energy - Oconee Nuclear Site
Duke Energy - Lee Steam Station
FujiFilm Manufacturing, Greenwood
Glen Raven Custom Fabrics Division, LLC, Anderson
Hartness International, Greenville
Honda of South Carolina, Timmonsville
Komatsu, Newberry
Lonza/Capsugel, Greenwood
Martin Marietta, Berkeley Quarry
Michelin, Sandy Springs
Michelin, Starr
Michelin - Laurens Proving Grounds
Michelin MARC, Greenville
Michelin Retread Technologies, Duncan
Michelin Tire Corp, Earthmover Plant (US7), Lexington
Renewable Water Resources, Durbin Creek Facility
Renewable Water Resources, Mauldin Road Facility
Schneider Electric / Square D, Hopkins
Shaw Industries, Columbia
Spartanburg Water, Fairforest Water Treatment Plant
Spartanburg Water, Lake Blalock
Spartanburg Water, Lake Bowen
Spartanburg Water, Main Office
Westinghouse Electric Company, Columbia

For more information about the W.A.I.T. Program, contact SCWF Habitat Education Manager, Jay Keck, through email here, or call our office at (803) 256-0670.  Why W.A.I.T.? Get started today!

Order your signs here!

Order your signs here!

Order your signs here!

Order your signs here!