Dear friends,

I want to update you on what we’re doing at Shell Martinez and some exciting efforts we’re involved with outside the refinery.

We are very proud at Shell Martinez of our commitment to safety, and I would like to share with you our approach. We believe that strong relationships can significantly reduce personal injuries and process safety and environmental incidents. Under our “Goal Zero” approach, we get to know each other, care about each other and look out for each other, and that makes us all safer. Everyone who works at our site learns about our Goal Zero culture. Goal Zero is an integral part of our work ethic to protect People and Planet, and to run responsibly with the least impact possible to our community. Since 2014, we’ve had 10,000 attendees at our workshops. As a member of this community, we take everyone’s safety seriously, from our colleagues working an arm’s length away to our fence line neighbors and the greater community. We spend so much time living “Goal Zero” at work, that many of us have stories to share about how we live Goal Zero at home as well. It really works.

One last note about safety, for those of you who follow us on Facebook and Twitter you know we conduct regular fire training exercises to keep up our skills. This Spring we, once again, sent 64 of our employees to Texas A&M for two week-long fire school training sessions. Fire school not only prepares us for any emergency here, it also allows us to participate in specialized mutual aid throughout the Bay Area. For instance, in late January the Shell Martinez Refinery Fire Department was asked to assist with a fire at a recycle plant in Richmond. The Richmond Fire Chief sent us a very nice thank you note for our response.

I also want to share with you some community initiatives we’ve been involved in, including exciting news about our education partners. Martinez Unified and Mount Diablo Unified School Districts participated in the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge run by the National Science Teachers Association. Through this program, we can provide our extraordinary teachers with additional resources to teach science. The winners will each get, among other things, lab makeover support for their classrooms.

National Science Teacher Association
Clark Smith of Alhambra High School (center) with (l-r) Alhambra High Principal Tom Doppe, Shell Martinez Refinery GM Tom Rizzo, Shell Martinez Community Liaison Michele Corey, Shell Martinez ER Manager Ann Notarangelo, and Martinez Unified School District Superintendent CJ Cammack.

Clark Smith, Alhambra High School, Martinez $15,000

Shauna Hawes, Valley View Middle, Pleasant Hill $10,000

Pam Galletti, John Muir Elementary, Martinez $10,000

We also awarded St. Catherine of Siena 5th grade teacher, Caroline Knapp a $2,000 Shell scholarship to attend the National Energy Education Development Project in Galveston, Texas this summer. She was one of more than a dozen teachers who attended a Shell-sponsored seminar at the Shell Clubhouse in April to introduce them to new STEM education lessons.

We hope you’ll join the effort to support our teachers and students and consider lacing up your shoes for our 16th Annual Shell/MEF Run for Education on Sept. 30 in downtown Martinez. Since 2003, the run has raised $730,000, and we’re all-in to “run to a million.” The Sept. 30 run/walk will be proceeded on Sept. 29 by our Family Fun night, sponsored by the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs at our Clubhouse the night before.

The Martinez Education Foundation is also getting two $5,000 checks – one each from Shell refineries in Houston and New Orleans – after their respective basketball teams fell to our Golden State Warriors. The friendly wagers between our General Manager, Tom Rizzo and his colleagues were a win-win for all involved!

We’ve had a wonderful opportunity to bring environmental education to Martinez students. We’ve partnered with Lindsay Wildlife Experience to bring wildlife education into the classroom. I also want to remind you that we are again sponsoring free “Discover Diablo” public hikes through our partnership with Save Mount Diablo. To sign up, click

With summer upon us, you might find yourself in Downtown Martinez for the Shell-sponsored Music and Movies concerts series. The Thursday night fun starts July 12th and continues through August 16th. It’s great to see families having a great time and you might even spot us on occasion giving out ice cream treats.

These are just some of the many community initiatives we’re involved in. I hope you like us on Facebook “Shell Refinery in Martinez” or on Twitter at “Shell_Martinez” to hear more about all the partnerships and events we’re involved in throughout the year.

I also want to share some personnel news: After 15 years, Community Liaison Officer Cathy Ivers retired in March. She’s been instrumental in so much of our work at the refinery and we will certainly miss her. She’s long been a part of the fabric of Martinez, and we know our paths will cross often. Michele Corey is our new Community Liaison. Michele’s worked at the refinery for 11 years. She’s already a familiar face in Martinez to many and has been our Community Advisory Panel facilitator for the last year.

It’s also a time of change for our ER Advisor, Erin Hallissy, who has decided to retire this summer after almost eight years at Shell. Erin has led our internal and external communications efforts and is the person responsible for most of the posts you read on our social media sites. We will miss her. We are in the process of hiring her replacement.

All of us at Shell Martinez send our best wishes to Cathy and Erin. They laid a strong foundation for our External Relations team to continue to build upon.

Lastly, we want you to know you can talk to us anytime. We encourage people to call our environmental hotline at (925) 313-3777 or (925) 313-3601 during off work hours. You can also follow what’s going on, on our social media pages.

We’ve been fortunate to be part of this incredible community for 103 years and we’re glad to call our neighbors our friends.

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