Partnering for good works.The public demands nothing less than environmental excellence from the petroleum industry. At Phillips, we demand nothing less from ourselves. We know that for a company to live up to expectation, the environment must be woven into the very fabric of the organization. A commitment to the environment must be company policy, supported at the highest level of management and ranked equally in importance with safety and health. Commitment must then be backed up by a capable, well-trained work force.
Of course, the proof of environmental excellence is in performance. Policy statements and well-intentioned people count for little if there is no demonstrable proof that the environment is a company's top priority.
How do you prove environmental commitment to a public somewhat jaded by "green" claims? The most important way is by operating safely and in an environmentally responsible manner. Coming in a close second is by directing philanthropic dollars and working with others on projects that encourage environmental stewardship The integration and application of environmental values into the military mission in order to sustain readiness, improve quality of life, strengthen civil relations, and preserve valuable natural resources. .
There was a time when Phillips was content to write a check to worthy organizations and then fade into the background. Supporting the good work of others is still an important part of Phillips's environmental contribution program. However, more and more the company is establishing its own environmental programs, involving its employees and bringing other organizations in as partner. Here are three examples of Phillips-developed initiatives.
or pan or flat or dry lake
Flat-bottomed depression that is periodically covered by water. Playas occur in interior desert basins and adjacent to coasts in arid and semiarid regions. Lakes Joint Venture: Phillips cut its teeth on environmental partnerships when it helped create the Playa Lakes Joint Venture in 1990. Playas are small, shallow basins that dot the landscape of oil country -- the panhandle region of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico New Mexico, state in the SW United States. At its northwestern corner are the so-called Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at right angles; New Mexico is also bordered by Oklahoma (NE), Texas (E, S), and Mexico (S). . Playas provide critical habitat for waterfowl waterfowl, common term for members of the order Anseriformes, wild, aquatic, typically freshwater birds including ducks, geese, and screamers. In Great Britain the term is also used to designate species kept for ornamental purposes on private lakes or ponds, while in migrating across the central flyway flyway: see migration of animals. . However, over the years, many have been severely degraded -- primarily by agricultural practices and municipal waste handling.
The Playa Lakes Joint Venture is a five-state effort to restore a network of playas so that migrating waterfowl have adequate resting and feeding grounds. Our partners in the venture are many and varied. They include the five state wildlife agencies: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency, Ducks Unlimited Ducks Unlimited is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of wetlands and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, other wildlife, and people. It currently has approximately 775,000 members, mostly in the United States and Canada. , Texas Tech University, Texas Waterfowlers Association, and the National Wildlife Federation. Each brings to the joint venture a shared commitment and a particular expertise.
Phillips will fund half the $1.3 million that the joint venture plans to spend on playa restoration. But our contribution is more than money. Phillips people work side by side with the partners. They share the work, and they share the accolades. The joint venture received a Presidential Citation from George Bush in 1991, was honored by Renew America in 1992, and was recognized by the National Environmental Development Association in 1993.
Putting PEP in the Environment: Sometimes all it takes is a little seed money to see a good idea go from the drawing board to the great outdoors. A Phillips Environmental Partnership Award can provide that financial boost. In 1993, Phillips gave its first PEP Awards -- 73 awards, totaling $250,000, to schools and community organizations for local environmental programs. Some of the winning entries:
* A "Five Senses Garden" at a Louisiana elementary school elementary school: see school. so that the visually impaired can study plant life indigenous to that state;
* An effort by an Idaho elementary school to return a local stream to its former glory as the premier trout stream on the Kootenai River;
* An ambitious program by a Connecticut Audubon group to preserve the diamondback turtle; and
* A cooperative venture by a children's home children's home n → centro de acogida para niños
children's home n → foyer m d'accueil (pour enfants)
children's home n and neighboring high school near El Paso El Paso (ĕl pă`sō), city (1990 pop. 515,342), seat of El Paso co., extreme W Tex., on the Rio Grande opposite Juárez, Mex.; inc. 1873. , Texas, to germinate a variety of plants and then beautify the community with their handiwork.
Sweet Music: The thousands of songbirds that arrive each spring along the Gulf Coast will soon have more room to rest, recuperate re·cu·per·ate
To return to health or strength; recover. , and spread their wings before continuing their migration north, thanks to a historical alliance put together by Phillips and the Houston Audubon Society.
The High Island and Gulf Coast Conservation Initiatives will improve and protect habitat along the Texas and Louisiana coasts for neotropical migratory birds, better known as songbirds. Over the past 10 years, there has been a significant decline in the population of these birds, primarily because of loss of habitat. The Texas and Louisiana coasts offer wooded patches of land on which neotropical migrants can rest and feed after making their arduous journey from wintering grounds in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America South America, fourth largest continent (1991 est. pop. 299,150,000), c.6,880,000 sq mi (17,819,000 sq km), the southern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere. .
Working together, Phillips and Houston Audubon have expanded their partnership to include The Nature Conservancy Nature Conservancy, nonprofit organization established in 1951 to preserve or aid in the preservation of natural environments. It protects wilderness areas in the United States and Canada and is affiliated with similar groups in Latin America and the Caribbean. , U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is a Texas state agency that oversees and protects wildlife and their habitats. In addition, the agency is responsible for managing the state's parks and historical areas. , National Fish and Wildlife Foundation The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) was established by United States Congress in 1984 and dedicated to the conservation of fish, wildlife, and plants, and the habitat on which they depend. , and Amoco Production Co.
Many times it's neither practical nor feasible to tailor-make an environmental program, especially if there are established organizations with the people and expertise to do it better. Phillips is proud to support these organizations:
* Project WILD. Phillips is corporate sponsor of Project WILD, one of the country's largest and most respected environmental education programs.
* GreenWorks. With help from Phillips, the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce and Project Learning Tree, a national environmental education organization, are forging a new partnership to address community environmental needs.
* A Home for Pearl. The importance of habitat, especially in urban settings, is stressed in this educational film series developed for elementary students. Because of Phillips's support, the film and related teaching materials are distributed to educators free of charge.
* Tallgrass Prairie The tallgrass prairie is an ecosystem native to central North America, with fire as its primary periodic disturbance. In the past, tallgrass prairies covered a large portion of the American Midwest, just east of the Great Plains, and portions of the Canadian Prairies. . Phillips is helping support The Nature Conservancy's efforts to restore the 30,000-acre Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
* Bald Eagle bald eagle
Species of sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) that occurs inland along rivers and large lakes. Strikingly handsome, it is the only eagle native solely to North America, and it has been the U.S. national bird since 1782. The adult, about 40 in. . Thanks to the work of the George Miksch Sutton George Miksch Sutton (1898 - 1982) was an American ornithologist and bird artist. He published numerous technical papers in ornithology as well as more popular works illustrated with his own art. His early artistic work was inspired and tutored by Louis Agassiz Fuertes. Avian Research Center, located in northeast Oklahoma, the bald eagle -- once faced with extinction -- is increasing in number. Phillips has supported the work of the Sutton Center since its inception a decade ago.
* Rigs to Reefs. Phillips was the first oil company to provide an offshore petroleum platform to the State of Texas to be used as an artificial reel Offshore platforms have long attracted marine life because of the size, shape, and openness of the structures.
* International Science and Engineering Fair. Phillips was the first corporation to solely sponsor one entire category of awards -- the environmental science category -- in what is considered to be the most prestigious student science event in the world.
* Lignite lignite (lĭg`nīt) or brown coal, carbonaceous fuel intermediate between coal and peat, brown or yellowish in color and woody in texture. . Phillips worked with educators at Texas A&M University to develop eighth-grade curriculum on lignite -- how it's mined, how the environment is protected, and how the land is made ready for reclamation.
* Wolfweed. Named after a low-value plant that covers much of the area, the Wolfweed Reservoir Project, funded in part by Phillips, will ensure fresh water and food for the 400 species of wildlife and 250 species of birds found on the San Bernard Wildlife Refuge in south Texas.
Patricia A. Marshall is Coordinator, Educational and Environmental Programs, for Phillips Petroleum Co. She is responsible for developing and funding Phillips's environmental and educational philanthropic programs. She joined the Bartlesville, Okla, company in 1974. In the following article she shows the range of diverse initiatives Phillips is taking in its environmental stewardship.