Environmental Conservation & Sustainability
Tesoro is vigilant in working to ensure that our operations do not have a negative impact on natural resources. Consistent with our commitment to protecting the environment is supporting community programs involving conservation and sustainability.
Tesoro supports government agencies; environmental and community groups; and trade, professional and industry associations devoted to efforts that protect, conserve and sustain our environmental resources. These efforts may include recycling initiatives, clean-ups, educational programs, the construction of nature trails and research projects.
Tesoro in Action
Tesoro community investments in Environmental Conservation & Sustainability are making an impact. Here are some examples:
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (San Pedro, California)
Founded in 1935, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s mission is to engage all visitors in education, recreation and research to promote knowledge, appreciation and conservation of the marine life of Southern California. Tesoro provided a $50,000 grant to support the Aquarium’s Sea Search Marine Biology Workshops, laboratory and field-based activities that provide students with in-depth, interactive marine experiences tailored to California State Science Standards. As part of the workshops, students utilize laboratory equipment and observe live marine life while exploring local habitats right outside of the Aquarium, including a tide pool, sandy beaches and a salt marsh. Approximately 1,700 K-12 students in the Wilmington, Carson, Long Beach and San Pedro areas of California will benefit as a result of this award.
Caring for the Kenai (Alaska)
Tesoro is the title sponsor Caring for the Kenai, an award-winning environmental contest presented by the Kenai Watershed Forum in Alaska. The program challenges high school students to answer the question “What can I do, invent or create to better care for the environment on the Kenai Peninsula or to help improve the area’s preparedness for a natural disaster?” This contest brings together the entire community of the Kenai Peninsula and offers over $25,000 in cash awards to area schools and local students.
Lindsay Wildlife Museum (Walnut Creek, California)
The mission of the Lindsay Wildlife Museum (LWM) is to connect people with wildlife to inspire respect and responsibility for the world we share. The Museum’s educational programming primarily serves approximately 17,000 students from Contra Costa County and 3,400 students from Alameda County, annually. Its innovative environmental curriculum is aligned to the California State Science Standards.
“Science in the Classroom” and “Science at the Museum” programs are targeted toward K-12 students and focus on the study of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Children get the opportunity to interact with live animals from the Museum’s non-releasable native wildlife collection of Animal Ambassadors” either at the museum or in their classrooms. A grant from Tesoro will help 250 local students access LWM’s environmental education programs.
Utah Society for Environmental Education (Salt Lake City)
Utah Society for Environmental Education (USEE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is the statewide leader in promoting high-quality environmental education in Utah since 1981. USEE encourages environmental literacy by teaching Utahans how to think – not what to think – about the environment. To achieve this goal, USEE serves as an umbrella organization and information resource for environmental educators, K-12 teachers, higher education and Utah communities across the state.
In 2011, USEE established the Green Schools Program to promote the health, education and stewardship of students and their communities, to conserve limited resources and to decrease the operating costs of Utah schools. A grant from Tesoro will help USEE develop the Green Schools Network, a web-based platform that will provide a central location for teachers and schools from across the state to highlight their sustainability practices in a simple yet visible way and collaborate with one another.