CARING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
The CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex workforce is committed to preserving the environment and quality of life in Southwest Louisiana. To maintain our environment, we strive to improve the water and air quality of our area through process improvements and projects. We work closely with Southwest Louisiana to help improve the quality of life within our communities. In the past few years, the CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex has implemented E-Recycle Day, a day when residents in Southwest Louisiana can dispose of electronic waste. Approximately 400,000 pounds of electronics have been collected and recycled since 2009.
To improve environmental awareness within the community, the CITGO Lake Charles Refinery sponsors Earth Day at a local elementary school, a day to recognize the importance of our earth and how to keep it clean. In addition, we participate in the Junior Team Green Exposition to promote the “Go Green” concept for 12 to 18 year olds.
In 2009, in recognition of our efforts to be a good steward of the environment, we were awarded first place in the waste recycling and reduction category by the Keep Louisiana Beautiful organization. We were also recognized by the City of Lake Charles and the Calcasieu Policy Jury for our waste recycling and reduction efforts within the community. We strive to improve the water and air quality of our area through process improvements and projects. Since 2007 we have reduced air emissions by about 47 percent and reduced water-usage by 69 percent, on a per-barrel basis.
As a responsible and conservative water consumer, the CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex has reduced water usage by 94 percent from 2005 to 2010 through water conservation initiatives within the refinery. These initiatives include recycling and reuse of water, when possible, through process design and controls. Our non-reuse water is discharged into the Calcasieu River after it is pretreated to stringent standards that are specified in our wastewater permit.
CARING FOR OUR COAST
On August 29, 2014, CITGO, in partnership with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the Audubon Nature Institute, conducted an all-day wetland restoration project at the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center in New Orleans. The event launched “CITGO Caring for Our Coast,” a year-long environmental conservation and restoration campaign in coastal regions. The campaign celebrates the resilience and recovery in the area that was devastated nearly a decade ago by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It also reinforces the long-held commitment by CITGO to environmental stewardship and to serving the communities in which it operates. More than 150 CITGO employees and friends, along with volunteers from the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center and CRCL, donated 600 hours of labor to remove the invasive Chinese tallow trees from the Center’s wetlands. The tree invaded the area following Hurricane Katrina, choking out native species and slowing the natural restoration process. Volunteer efforts to remove the tree will allow the Center to plant native tree species to help spur regrowth of the natural habitat and restore the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center as a beacon of education and recreation. Following this restoration event, CITGO also participated in a grass planting on Holly Beach in Southwest Louisiana to commemorate the 9th anniversary of Hurricane Rita, which severely eroded the coastline there. On September 20, CITGO, in continued partnership with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL), more than 400 volunteers planted 70,000 dune grass plugs along a five-mile stretch of Holly Beach.
AUDUBON NATURE CENTER
HOLLY BEACH DUNE GRASS PLANTING
CITGO EARTH KEEPERS
The CITGO Earth Keepers initiative, an environmental action program launched in December 2013 by CITGO and community partners, reinforces the importance of caring for the environment by rewarding green behavior at schools. Since its implementation, Earth Keepers has benefited more than 8,200 Calcasieu Parish students. The program provides schools with classroom and outdoor recycling bins at no cost, as well as instructions and recycling education to maintain the program. Students also took part in planting trees at their schools as part of the program. CITGO Earth Keepers is also interwoven into the culture at the CITGO Lake Charles Refinery, providing recycling at work for employees. CITGO is excited to continue the Earth Keepers Program and looks forward to expanding the program in the future.