Business/Corporation

Business/Corporation

  • Trying to connect to millennials? Your commitment to sustainability, conservation, and care for the environment will go miles! This is true of not only your customer but an effective tool in attracting and retaining new talent as well.
  • Want media attention? A monarch initiative gets people talking!
  • Need to expand your customer base? By working with area nonprofits, school groups, or other businesses, you can reinforce your brand with influential and engaged potential customers.

From small ‘mom and pop shops’ to large corporate campuses, there is a huge opportunity for businesses to help to bring back monarchs, other pollinators and wildlife. Supporting the creation of habitat at your business campus, headquarters, or in your community will not only benefit monarchs, but your business as well.

Use your imagination and grow your business.

  • Get out in your community! As a leader, people take cues from your actions. Consider spearheading or sponsoring a monarch habitat project or educational experience. Contributing to the community engages employees and reminds customers that you care about the health and wellbeing of where you live and work. Start a conversation based on shared values and build trust and loyalty. You will be amazed at how much support you can get from your employees and their feeling of involvement if they are just asked to participate. Once people find out about all the benefits of your sustainable monarch habitat, they can become some of your best spokesmen.Community action events are fun, engaging, and highly visible ways to make a positive mark on your community.
  • Help monarchs and increase your bottom line with LESS work!  Native plants, including milkweed, native grasses, and nectar sources, have much deeper root systems than conventional landscaping plants. This means less costs in upkeep and also provides environmental services such as improving stormwater management and water and soil quality. Something as simple as a rain garden creates habitat, so even small businesses can make a big difference.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint! Alleviate pressure on monarch populations from climate change. Your actions make a difference. Remember to shop local and organic whenever possible, especially when you purchase plants. Local greenhouses will normally have a native plant section with pesticide free options. Consider allowing your employees to telecommute one day per week. Use energy efficient appliances. Investigate using more renewable energy sources including solar and wind power. Get creative and at a minimum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
  • Join Us! We need generous advocates willing to use their time, imagination, influence and passion to promote Monarch conservation. Continued financial contributions to the Monarch Joint Venture will help monarchs take flight across the country through the implementation of rigorous conservation strategies that bring varied strengths, tools, and land management opportunities to the table through the MJV partnership. We advance monarch conservation in the U.S., and allocate our energies and funds accordingly. Every penny (or million) counts! Interested in donating to monarch conservation? Contact Wendy Caldwell for information about corporate sponsorship, or visit our donate page to make an individual contribution today.

Opportunities and Considerations

Habitat Creation, Site Planning and Maintenance

Site preparation is an essential step in habitat creation. It is important to carefully select native nectar and milkweed plants for use. The Xerces Society has developed recommended nectar plants lists and the MJV Milkweed Guide shows recommended native species.

Establishing a long term maintenance plan is essential for the longevity of a habitat restoration project. While habitat does not require much maintenance from year to year, having a plan in place to determine who will be responsible for maintenance is important. This should include a training program for new employees or volunteers.

You can reduce your land care costs, remove threats to pollinators, and support the pesticide free landscaping industry by avoiding pesticide related products and fertilizers in land management and switching to Integrated Vegetative Management or Integrated Pest Management. Not only does reducing pesticide and fertilizer use help monarchs, it helps your pocket book through fewer landscaping costs, and benefits water quality through less nutrient-filled runoff.

Citizen Science and Habitat Monitoring

Your habitat can help contribute to scientific understanding of monarchs and their conservation through citizen science. These projects provide a fun opportunity to engage staff, community members or employee’s families’ in your monarch/pollinator project. Monarch citizen science opportunities are described here.

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