CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Jan. 16, 2018 – The CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery recently received the Industry Award at the 15th annual Conservation and Environmental Stewardship Awards Banquet at the American Bank Center. The Coastal Bend Bays Foundation presented the award to CITGO in recognition of the refinery’s efforts to reduce waste generation and air emissions.
In 2017, TeamCITGO contributed more than 400 volunteer hours to environmental initiatives and coastal restoration. TeamCITGO—comprised of CITGO employees, family members, retirees and contractors—dedicated time at Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge as well as at Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve & Learning Center, and the Big Shell Beach Clean-up, organized by the Texas General Land Office.
“We truly are humbled to receive this award. At CITGO, we are deeply committed to helping safeguard the environment for future generations and to continue enhancing the quality of life in the communities in which we have the privilege of operating,” said Randy Flowers, Interim Vice President and General Manager for CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery.
In remembrance of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that devastated the Gulf Coast, CITGO established the Caring for Our Coast initiative in 2014. Now in its fifth year, this program focuses on coastal restoration and conservation, continues to build on its success and supports on-the-ground habitat restoration, including educational and volunteer opportunities for the community and CITGO employees. Since its inception, this initiative has helped restore more than 5,100 acres; planted more than 420,000 grass plugs, trees and bushes; and collected more than 10,800 pounds of trash.
About CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery
The CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery provides more than 1,000 jobs locally, while generating more than $345 million per year in support of the local economy through salaries, services and taxes. In addition to producing high-quality fuels for the Company’s network of nearly 5,300 independently owned and operated CITGO branded stations in 29 States and the District of Columbia, Corpus Christi Refinery employees make a major positive impact on the community. Since 2013, the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery and its employees volunteered more than 11,000 hours, more than 2,500 of which occurred in 2017, and contributed approximately $3.3 million in support of community organizations such as United Way, Charlie's Place, Muscular Dystrophy Association, The Miracle League, Catholic Charities, the Special Olympics and a variety of environmental and preservation initiatives, such as the revitalization of the Gateway to Corpus Christi, Hans and Pat Suter Park and Adopt-A-Beach Clean Up. For more information on the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery, visit www.citgorefining.com/corpus-christi.
CITGO Petroleum Corporation, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.