By Barbara Kessler

Wildlife habitats might not have the same impact on global warming as electric cars, but they help hold down corners of nature that are threatened by climate change, human development and the contamination of outdoor spaces.

So raise a toast to Anheuser-Busch, which has been supporting wildlife conservation for many years and can now boast of hosting ten wildlife habitats certified by the Wildlife at Work, a program of the Wildlife Habitat Council.

The St. Louis-based company touted this benchmark in a news statement this week that outlined the ways in which its wildlife refuges support nature: They provide alligators a place to hang out at the brewer’s farm ponds in Jacksonville, Fla. (employees have adjusted); support pollinators at a garden in a Georgia rice mill and allow peregrine falcons to roost atop a malt house in Manitowoc, Wisc.

These are significant ways that businesses can “demonstrate how corporations can use their lands to preserve our biodiversity, while preparing new generations through conservation education to understand how to be better leaders and managers for tomorrow’s sustainable businesses and communities,” said Robert Johnson, WHC president.

The WHC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the amount of wildlife habitat on corporate, private and public lands. The group often partners with businesses to find ways to balance the needs for economic growth with nature preservation.

Anheuser-Busch, brewer of Budweiser and Bud Light, holds nearly 50 percent of the U.S. beer market. The company also supports several nature learning areas, certified as Corporate Lands for Learning(SM)(CLL) sites by the WHC, that serve local educators and wildlife researchers.

As for its own operations, Anheuser-Busch produces a lot of aluminum cans, but it also recycles tons of them and was recently was named No. 1 in social responsibility among beverage companies in FORTUNE Magazine’s 2008 listing of Most Admired companies.

See more on the company’s pledge to recycle and reuse at their Our Pledge website. The website outlines the many ways that the company strives to be environmentally responsible — short of developing a brain implant to assure that over-imbibing beer drinkers get their cans to a recycling bin.

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