Communities - Houston
The Houston area is home to both Noble Energy’s corporate office and our Gulf of Mexico business unit. With this significant presence, we are highly engaged in efforts that better our community.
For the second year in a row, Houston was hit by severe flooding in the spring. Noble Energy employees and their families were among the 3 million residents across nine counties in the Houston metropolitan area who were impacted by the 2016 floods. Areas in northwest Houston near our offices were among the most severely flooded neighborhoods. In response, Noble Energy donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross Greater Houston Chapter and a number of employees volunteered for two days at a Red Cross relief center. While some volunteers unloaded supply trucks, assembled relief kits and loaded kits into the victims’ cars, others assisted victims with financial aid paperwork or helped translate or liaison with Red Cross personnel.
A critical element in emergency management response during Houston’s flood event was an antenna system installed on the roof of the NEC 2 building at Noble Energy’s headquarters. As the building was being completed in 2015, the local Cypress Creek Fire Department approached us requesting the placement of radio antenna arrays and a repeater system on the roof of the new facility. The site allowed the fire department to significantly upgrade its systems and improve coordination of flood rescue operations among multiple area emergency responders.
Noble Energy’s strategic partnership with Houston-based non-profit Legacy Community Health Services works to drive healthy change in the communities where we live and operate. Legacy continues to build and enhance its high risk obstetrical care, and has been able to add new providers and clinics to increase its capacity to serve pregnant women with chronic or pregnancy-induced conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.
Our strategic partnership with the Houston Food Bank made a difference in the lives of more than 3,700 food-insecure children through the Kids Cafe, part of a national initiative that serves healthy hot meals to children attending after-school enrichment sites. Noble Energy’s $50,000 grant in 2016 was used to enhance food safety with both software and equipment purchases.
Supporting the partnership, members of Noble Energy’s affinity group for young professionals and our Houston summer interns spent three hours volunteering at the Houston Food Bank. The group helped sort 6,062 pounds of food to provide 5,051 meals to hungry families across southeast Texas.
“The Kids Cafe program is such a great resource for our families. It has given the children the ability to consume more fruits and vegetables and it provides the supplemental food they need.”
– Kids Cafe teacher
Weather challenges failed to dampen our ongoing support of the Houston MS150, which raises funds to help find a cure for, and support victims of, multiple sclerosis. Before rainstorms forced cancellation of day two of the Houston-to-Austin bike event, our 37-member team rode – safely – nearly 90 miles to the day one finish line. The team pedaled in $50,000.
In the 2016 Houston Tour de Cure, Team Noble Energy had the second highest fundraising total of 100 teams. The Tour is the signature fundraising event of the American Diabetes Association. Team members cycled, ran a 5K, or staffed the team tent. Team Noble Energy raised $12,844.
Noble Energy’s sponsorship of the Bayou Greenways 2020 project began in 2014 and will help create a continuous parks system along Houston’s major waterways, transform more than 3,000 underutilized acres along the bayous into public, accessible greenspace, add more than 80 new miles of hike and bike trails along the bayous, and connect more than 150 miles of greenspace across the city.
Land acquisition, design and construction are ongoing simultaneously in various stages throughout Houston. To date, the program has 1,331 acres of publicly owned land under Bayou Greenways 2020 management. By the end of June 2017, Bayou Greenways 2020 will be 60 percent complete. Noble Energy employees volunteered at the Houston Bayou Greenway Day outdoor festival in March 2016, preparing the park for the festival, greeting attendees, handing out information, and supervising a children’s bike ride around the park.
“Noble Energy’s support of Bayou Greenways 2020 and our annual festival, Bayou Greenway Day, truly is transforming Houston into a healthier and more beautiful city. Noble Energy’s everlasting impact on the Bayou City will be a part of the company’s legacy for generations to come.”
– Deborah Rule, Houston Parks Board
In its fourth year, the GeoKids program continued to bring geography to life for students at Northpointe Intermediate School near our headquarters office. Started by several Noble Energy GIS (geographic information systems) employees inspired by the Geomentor.org program and Connect ED, the program now involves 10 employees who provide a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning program with an emphasis on geography. This year’s activities included geocaching using GPS, local key map readings, route planning to theme parks, and state map creation.
“It was wonderful to see the students dive-in hands on and solve real life problems like we do here at Noble Energy.”
- Geoscience Analyst Robert Graham
As part of Noble Energy’s support of STEM education, we awarded a college scholarship, in partnership with the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, to a Spring High School student who plans to study chemical engineering.
We established a strategic partnership in 2015 with the Aldine Family Hope Center, which works with at-risk youth and their families in the underserved Aldine area of Houston. The three-year educational grant funds three programs serving youth aged 6–18. In 2016 the programs included an after-school program serving 45 children, a teen enrichment academy serving 32 students, and a summer program for high school students. The partnership also leveraged our existing support of the Houston Food Bank, which provided after-school food and a weekend food basket for participants. In support of this partnership, our Houston finance and IT employees organized a school supply drive and beautification day benefitting the center. Employees volunteered for three different activities: assembling school supplies in 300 backpacks, the backpack giveaway event and a beautification day to prepare the center for the upcoming school year.
“Because of the leadership and employees of Noble Energy, children and youth at the Aldine Family Hope Center have been provided a safe and caring environment to learn, improve and enhance their education and life skills.”
- Buckner outcomes report
Houston is a center for human trafficking because of they city's location and function as a major transportation hub. The huge visitor influx surrounding the Super Bowl football championship, hosted in Houston in February 2017, was expected to attract more trafficking, especially related to prostitution. We committed in 2016 to support anti-trafficking efforts as part of its Super Bowl sponsorship role. We worked with three non-profits on various aspects of this issue: the local Catholic Charities' St. Frances Cabrini Center for Immigration Legal Assistance organization to provide legal assistance to trafficking victims who might be eligible for deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) immigration status; Tahirih Justice Center to assist women who were seeking asylum; and Love146 to assist children who were victims of trafficking.