White Haven honored for environmental excellence

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Friday, June 29, 2018 - 4:16pm

Perinton’s White Haven Memorial Park was honored Thursday (June 28) by Audubon International for its 20 years of certification as an Audubon International Sanctuary.

Perinton Town Supervisor Michael Barker was on hand to help honor White Haven.

White Haven was the first cemetery in the world to be designated as a Certified Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary in April of 1998. Through participation in the ACSP, White Haven has been involved in numerous environmental projects, including a bluebird program that has successfully fledged more than 100 birds, the installation of bat houses to help increase bat populations in Western New York, and the creation of public use hiking trails to promote recreation and enjoyment of nature.

“We’re very proud to count White Haven Memorial Park among our members,’’ said Christine Kane, CEO at Audubon International. “They made environmentally sustainable property management an integral part of their operating principles long before it became an accepted option. Their leadership had already brought many benefits to their community over the past two decades and will continue to do so long into the future.”

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program is designed to help land owners manage their property with wildlife and the environment in mind. During its 20 years in program, White Haven has helped the community be more environmentally conscience. Including:

  • Decreasing their use of herbicides and pesticides.
  • Conserving resources including water, electricity and natural gas.
  • Assisting wildlife by providing nest boxes and sources of food and water.
  • Opening a pet-friendly Recreation Trail to the public.
  • Creating unique, nature-friendly burial spaces such as the Nature Trail for Cremation Burials and Bluebird Meadow for Green Burial.

“Over the past 20 years, White Haven Memorial Park has benefitted tremendously from Audubon International’s guidance in managing our property with wildlife and the environment in mind,’’ said White Haven President Andrea Vittum. “We’ve saved thousands of dollars by learning how to limit our use of herbicides and pesticides and by using resources such as water and electricity in the most efficient manner.”