Mining Operations Awards

  • Partners in the Public Spirit Award: The U.S. Department of the Interior is the federal agency responsible for ensuring that mining of federal lease properties is done in a manner consistent with environmental and land reclamation laws.

    Monsanto is one of only two mining companies in the United States to win the department’s “Partners in Public Spirit Award.” Monsanto received the award in 1992 for the company’s “willingness to go well beyond minimum reclamation requirements, putting far greater effort into restoring habitat.”
  • Idaho Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award: Monsanto received this award in 1997 for a number of environmental initiatives summarized in the Monsanto Pledge.
  • Environmental Excellence Award of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry: Monsanto’s mining operations won this award in 2004. Lynn McKee, the chairperson of the awards panel and a senior U.S. EPA official in Idaho, said Monsanto was nominated “because of their innovative mining and reclamation practices,” implemented in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the Idaho Department of Lands and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ).

    “Monsanto employees have a bottom-to-top environmental ethic,” said Orville Green, an IDEQ Administrator and member of the awards committee.
  • Excellence in Mining Operations Award: The six federal and state agencies most responsible for protecting the environmental quality of federal and state lands gave this award to Monsanto in 2006 for the company’s innovations in mining.
  • Wildlife Habitat Certification: The Wildlife Habitat Council of America is an independent, nonprofit organization made up of business, conservation organizations and individuals dedicated to protecting and enhancing wildlife habitat. The council re-certified Monsanto’s efforts to promote wildlife in the Soda Springs area and nominated the mining operations for a “Habitat of the Year” award. The nomination noted the employee volunteers work to improve habitat.

    “They take their job to heart, be it improving habitat for deer, elk, or moose, building bat caves, erecting bluebird houses or building marmot habitat on reclaimed slopes.”