Arthrex’s Naples Campus Named Wildlife Habitat
Arthrex has always had a corporate commitment to environmentally friendly business practices. From the way our materials are collected to how our facilities are powered, environmental impact reduction is key to how Arthrex does business around the world. Recently, Arthrex was again recognized for its dedication to creating environmentally friendly workspaces when the Naples campus was designated a Certified Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation and its Florida Wildlife Federation affiliate. The honor recognizes Arthrex for its commitment to sustainably providing the essential elements of the wildlife habitat.
Recently, Arthrex was again recognized for its dedication to creating environmentally friendly workspaces when the Naples campus was designated a Certified Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation and its Florida Wildlife Federation affiliate. The honor recognizes Arthrex for its commitment to sustainably providing the essential elements of the wildlife habitat.
Meredith Budd, regional policy director for the Florida Wildlife Federation, said the idea that Arthrex could receive this certification came from a visit to the campus.
“I was at Arthrex for a Leadership Collier visit and learned that Arthrex tries to use Florida-friendly landscaping on campus. That piqued my interest, so when the Leadership Collier group went on a tour, I looked around and noticed the campus seemed to have everything it would need for this designation,” she said.
That included natural sources of food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise young. It is also maintained in a sustainable way that incorporates native plants, conserves water and doesn’t rely on pesticides.
When Arthrex and DeAngelis Diamond began to work on the construction of the global headquarters campus, care was taken to incorporate environmentally friendly aspects into the buildings and the campus. This includes the culvert, or buried canal, to preserve the waterway that crosses through the Arthrex global headquarters campus. This way, employees and guests will be able to enjoy expansive greenspace next to Arthrex One without disrupting the canal. The same goes for the Speedbridge, which was constructed over an existing waterway, allowing the habitat to be maintained for various plant, bird and fish species while helping employees and guests get from the Inc. building to the rest of the campus.
Director of Facilities and Corporate Infrastructure Trent Lewis said Arthrex develops a strategy to ensure the natural environment is preserved around campus.
“For example, with the creation of the lake, the littoral planting shelf makes a good habitat, but we also met with a fish and wildlife consultant to make sure we were creating the ideal habitat for the lake in general,” he said.
When Meredith returned to her office, she contacted her Leadership Collier classmate, Senior Corporate Engagement Specialist Meg Hardt, to see if Arthrex would be interested in applying for the designation.
“I think Arthrex employees should be very proud that the company is doing what’s right for the environment,” Meredith said. “It shows Arthrex is committed to the local community and is doing its part.”