Creating Greener Communities
We want our communities to be greener, healthier places to live. Two major park projects exemplify this commitment with the addition of safe green spaces for recreation, sporting events and community activities.
In Equatorial Guinea, we’ve created a green, welcoming space called Alcaide Park on Bioko Island – where our operations are based. This park is so popular it is at capacity nearly all the time. We have donated the land for a second park in Bata, on the EG mainland, to create a $2 million sustainable greenspace. Phase I, a children’s area, is complete, and in 2018 we began phase II construction. We have worked closely with local vendors and experts to use sustainable materials and appropriate plants so that the area can benefit the community for many years.
In Houston, we continue to support the Bayou Greenway 2020 Project, an initiative of the Houston Parks Board to create a connected 150-mile network of hiking and bike trails and green spaces along the area’s eight bayous. The project benefits are already visible in newly opened trails, bridges and landscaping. And although the project is not designed as flood mitigation, the design creates natural buffers that can be beneficial in preventing future flood damage. In March 2018, Noble Energy sponsored the fourth annual Bayou Greenway Day, a fun, free family festival on the bayou.
In Colorado, we continued our support of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado by enabling 98 projects with 4,768 volunteers. These efforts have major results:
- Restored 25.7 miles of trail throughout the season
- Built an additional 8 miles of trail in 2018
- Planted 988 plants, bushes and trees
- Planted and harvested 10,450 square feet of urban vegetable gardens and donated over 1,600 pounds of fresh produce to shelters and food banks
In addition to direct financial support, we also donated computers, audio visual equipment, office furniture and a project vehicle to support the organization.
Greener spaces are one way we build better communities.