Over the course of three weeks, volunteers from the St. Paul Park (SPP) refinery recently supported development of the Dodge Nature Center’s Shepard Farm property in the city of Cottage Grove. The organization is working on a community opening for the property. This increased and upgraded outdoor space is critical right now, as it provides a safe zone for social distancing and educational opportunities for our community, including providing local school children with space for field trips.
Work at the Shepard Farm included:
The team from the refinery enlisted the help of our contractor Boldt, who brought in the heavy equipment used to demolish the barn. The remaining work was conducted by volunteers within the SPP maintenance department, many of whom live and reside in the surrounding community. Additionally, a woodworker from Boldt fashioned wooden bowls from some of the trees that were removed. These will be donated back to the Shepard Farm for a display.
Founded in 1967, the was one of the first nature centers in the state of Minnesota and a pioneer in environmental education. Dodge is a nonprofit organization operating on more than 460 acres of nature preserve within the cities of West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, and Cottage Grove. The nature center provides environmental and agricultural experiences for thousands of people every year through school programs, community events, and a nature preschool that is recognized nationally.
MPC made a recent donation of over $14,000 to help pay for equipment required for Cottage Grove's new aerial fire truck. In early September, the Cottage Grove Fire Department brought the truck to the St. Paul Park Refinery to share with employees the new rig available for emergency response in our communities. This is another example of our long-standing commitment to support initiatives improving safety in our community!
Recently, employees from our St. Paul Park, Minnesota, refinery donated their time to the Friends in Need Food Shelf to provide children with much-needed supplies for the upcoming school year. In addition, our team made a $1,500 donation to help pay for the backpacks and other supplies for local children in need.
St. Paul Park Refinery has been certified as a 2020 ENERGY STAR® facility by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The ENERGY STAR certification recognizes the top quartile of similar plants based on their energy efficiency. To be eligible, a facility must also have excellent overall environmental compliance. This is St. Paul Park's third year receiving the certification, and MPC was named EPA's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for the third year in a row!
For more information on what it means to be ENERGY STAR certified and Partner of the Year, click here!
In June, more than 20 MPC employees volunteered to clean up trash along a two mile stretch of 70th Street in Cottage Grove, MN. For over 13 years, our team of volunteers has gathered at Highlands Park and kept the roadside clean from trash and other debris through monthly gatherings throughout the summer.
MPC's St. Paul Park Refinery recently presented a check to the Cottage Grove Public Safety Department to support the community's police & fire departments through an existing drone program. The funds will go toward a drone that will add to the situational awareness, scene documentation, visual perspective and tactical deployment during emergencies in the surrounding communities.
The funding is part of an ongoing commitment by the St. Paul Park team to support safety initiatives in and around the Twin Cities community!
When the St. Paul Park refinery looked to mark 80 years of operations, they wanted to ensure the Twin Cities community was part of the celebration. For the event, dubbed 80 for 80, refinery employees were asked to nominate local organizations that they believe have an impact on the community. A total of 80 organizations were selected to each receive a $1,000 donation.
The outreach culminated at a formal 80 for 80 celebration, where the organizations gathered with refinery employees, Community Advisory Panel members, elected officials, safety responders and other dignitaries.
“When we first looked at how to best celebrate 80 years, we wanted to include those in this community who inspire us,” said St. Paul Park General Manager Amy Macak. “We asked our colleagues to share the names of organizations that inspire them, and heard back loud and strong. Some of the nonprofits were well known. Others were new names. But they all play a significant role in our community.”
“The celebration was fantastic, but it was truly heartfelt when several of the schools shared photos of the students thanking Marathon for the donation,” said State Government Affairs Manager Kate Blair. “We also saw bipartisan support online from our elected officials, reinforcing the powerful impact this event had and the important role we play in the community.”
In her remarks, Macak thanked the community for the significant role they have played in the safe, successful operations of the refinery since 1939. “You’ve been supportive. You’ve been trusting. You’ve truly been our partner,” she said to a crowd of 150. “You’ve supplied the workforce – the man and woman power – that in turn, has powered this community. We are fully aware of our responsibility to operate safely, with a stringent commitment to environmental stewardship and dedicated corporate citizenship, and will continue to work every day to exceed these obligations and continue to earn your trust.
"When we first looked at how to best celebrate 80 years, we wanted to include those in this community who inspire us"
- Amy Macak, General Manager St. Paul Park Refinery
“The celebration was fantastic, but it was truly heartfelt when several of the schools shared photos of the students thanking Marathon for the donation." - Kate Blair, Government Affairs Manager
"You've been supportive. You've been trusting. You've truly been our partner." - Amy Macak to a crowd of 150 community and non-profit leaders.
As our community continues to manage the impact of COVID-19, we are committed to doing our part in continuing our safe and reliable operations and lending a hand where we can. Our employees and contractors are practicing social distancing and other efforts guided by CDC recommendations to ensure everyone's safety.