In our headquarters city of Houston and the nearby Gulf of Mexico areas in Texas and Louisiana, we emphasize strategic health and workforce development initiatives as well as efforts to make our communities more livable.
- In Houston, we made a three-year commitment beginning in 2015 to support pre-natal treatment for high-risk pregnancies with a focus on mothers who are HIV positive. Legacy Community Health, a local non-profit with a special focus on identifying unmet needs and gaps in health-related services and developing client-centered programs to address those needs, will create a pilot specialty clinic program in Houston to better serve this population. The agreement also reaches beyond Houston: Legacy will participate in Noble Energy’s Neonatal and Maternal Health project with the United Nations Population Fund in Equatorial Guinea to exchange best practices between the organizations. In addition, Legacy is assisting Noble Energy in developing a global HIV/AIDS employee awareness and prevention program and will share information and practices related to HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention with our non-profit partners in Equatorial Guinea.
- Houston employees have been supporting the local MS 150 bike ride to raise awareness and funds for multiple sclerosis since 2003. In 2015, despite a rain cancellation of the first day of the ride, our 71-member team made the trek from Houston to Austin, raising $80,000. With NobleACTS matching gifts added in, the total contribution was $158,595. Since 2003, Noble Energy has raised more than $1 million to end multiple sclerosis.
- Thirty Noble Energy employees rode in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure in Houston during September, raising more than $10,000 before the NobleACTS match. The family-friendly ride offered different routes ranging in distance from 10 to 100 miles. Noble Energy was one of the top five fundraisers out of 114 teams.
Tour de Cure
- More than 140 Houston employees participated in the American Heart Association Heart Walk, raising $59,110.
- Twenty members of The Wave, Noble Energy’s affinity group for early career professionals, spent several afternoons volunteering with children undergoing treatment at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. The employees played card games, created foam monsters, made up stories, battled with toy soldiers and chatted with siblings and parents to help the families pass the time spent at the hospital.
- In the Aldine area of Houston, near our former headquarters, Noble Energy established a strategic partnership with the Aldine Family Hope Center, which works with at-risk youth and their families. A Noble Energy contribution funded three educational programs to serve 150 youth aged 6–18. The programs included an after-school program serving 68 children, a teen enrichment academy serving 45 students, and a summer program for high school students that involved the youth in forming a mock corporation. The partnership also leveraged our existing support of the Houston Food Bank, which provided after-school food and a weekend food basket for participants.
- Noble Energy’s sixth annual Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon drew 150 Houston employees to support Junior Achievement’s business education programs. Teams wore creative costumes to fit the bowl-a-thon’s sports theme, and raised $45,000 including the NobleACTS match.
- Noble Energy’s Geo-Kids program at Northpointe Intermediate School in Houston completed its second year in 2015. Geo-Kids was launched by our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team in 2013 to provide geography and geospatial education to sixth grade students, but the connection has evolved to accomplish much more. At the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, the principal of Northpointe Elementary asked the GIS team volunteers to join its Campus Improvement Team as business representatives. And the GIS team’s passion for improving technology led the elementary school to introduce Chromebook laptops to give the students Internet access for research projects.
- Our Gulf of Mexico business unit partnered with the National Energy Education Development Project to host teacher training workshops in the LaPlace and Houma communities in south Louisiana. Seventy-two teachers from 10 different parishes attended these workshops to learn about the science of energy, different sources of energy, the technology and innovation surrounding oil and natural gas exploration, the different uses of oil and gas, and conservation of natural resources. Noble Energy also provided resources and supplies to the teachers to share what they learned with their own students.
During 2015, Noble Energy closed its administrative office in Ardmore, Oklahoma, the birthplace of founder Lloyd Noble, and relocated functions to Houston. In recognition of the company’s long history in Ardmore, we donated the building, valued at $4 million, to Carter County.
- In 2015, Noble Energy continued its commitment to support expansion of Houston’s urban park system with 150 miles of connected trails and green space along Houston bayous that will improve both air quality and livability in the city. Our 2015 contribution to the Houston Parks Board was used to acquire additional land to extend existing segments of the parks and bayou greenways; to complete the designs for trail construction for additional bayou greenways; and to produce Bayou Greenway Day to celebrate the citywide bayou transformation project. At the April event, 2,000 Houstonians enjoyed outdoor activities around Brays Bayou including biking, kayaking, a 5K fun run/walk and live music and dance performances. A portion of the future trail system will be within a few hundred feet of Noble Energy’s Houston headquarters.
- After torrential rains caused flooding across Houston and other parts of Texas at the end of May 2015, Noble Energy donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross Greater Houston Chapter for flood relief efforts and encouraged employees to also contribute. Employee gifts were matched 2:1 through NobleACTS, and employee volunteer hours were also eligible to earn NobleACTS contributions.
- As part of the United Way of Greater Houston Impact Day, Noble Energy employees spent the day at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club Northwest, revitalizing outdoor areas including picnic tables, soccer goals and dugout boxes. The club serves the community through counseling, after-school programs and life skills classes. One of the most notable Impact Day projects was the gymnasium mural that volunteers painted to showcase the Boys and Girls Club’s team spirit.
UW Day of Impact
Other projects demonstrated the power of our employees to make a difference in the community, including two Habitat for Humanity home-building projects, the Run for a Reason program of the Houston Marathon, and a drive to collect shoes for Soles4Souls.