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N OCTOBER,the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation recog- nized eight companies during the 16th annual Corporate Citizenship Awards in Washin - gton D. C. The awards program honors businesses for their significant positive impacts in communities around the world and Shell Oil Com pany won the Best Environmental Stewardship Program Award for its support of a project to help restore coastal wetlands in Louisiana.


“Shell has been very dedicated to


creating and restoring marine habitat in the Gulf and certainly deserves this recognition,” said Sean Stone, execu- tive director of the Building Conser - vation Trust, the national habitat pro- gram of Coastal Conservation Associ - ation. “This project is a perfect example of what can be accomplished through the successful partnership of a good corporate citizen, local conservation- ists and a non-profit organization to revitalize critical marine habitat.”


In 2010, Shell and CCA began a partnership to encourage innovative programs for recreational-angler-dri- ven marine habitat restoration. Shortly thereafter, a Shell employee saw a pre- sentation about the floating islands project developed by Martin Eco - systems for marsh restoration; howev- er, it had never before been applied in open water. Shell, BCT and CCA Louisiana were so inspired by the pro- ject that they proposed a demonstra- tion project using the innovative tech- nology to help restore the coastal wet- lands on Isle de Jean Charles. “Shell considers Louisiana home and so do thousands of our employees and contractors, which is why invest- ing in projects like the floating islands is important to us,” says Derek Newberry, VP of Safety and Environ - ment — US. “We aim to make positive impacts in our communities, and work diligently to identify opportunities that protect our coastline. Winning the Best Environmental Stewardship Program


Award is simply icing on the cake, as it recognizes Shell and our people as among the best in the world.” The floating islands project was one of the first projects undertaken by BCT and brought together students from local schools, members of a local Native American tribe, CCA volun- teers and Shell employees to rebuild part of the Louisiana coastline using new technology. Not only did the pro- ject have a positive impact on local res- idents, it also advanced the concept of floating islands for habitat restoration and marine fisheries conservation in the United States. “Every day, businesses serve as a powerful force for good, working to solve challenges facing people every- where,” said Suzanne Clark, executive vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “It’s an honor to showcase the significant contribution of these eight companies who have gone above and beyond to create real, lasting change around the world.”


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