Delaware Park, site of the annual JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge in Buffalo, has been a focal point for environmental efforts by National Fuel in recent years.
'Teaming Up for a Greener Tomorrow'
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BUFFALO, May 22, 2008 — The 28th running of the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge in Buffalo will literally reach to the roots of a community.
When runners arrive for the annual corporate celebration of fitness and camaraderie on Thursday, June 5, they will gather, as they have for years, on the lovely greens of Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Delaware Park. That's fitting because the Corporate Challenge's series-wide 2008 campaign of Teaming Up for a Greener Tomorrow fits perfectly with the selection again of The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy as one of the race's local beneficiaries.
The environmental focus also resonates with National Fuel, one of the companies that has longed participated in the second oldest of the Corporate Challenge races.
“I believe we have participated in the Corporate Challenge since its inception,” said Brenda Spillman, Assistant Director, Corporate Communications, for National Fuel. “I can remember when the course consisted of running twice around Delaware Park! Our women's team has competed eight times in the Championship Race in New York City with third place its best finish.”
Launching its own “Go Green. Win Green” campaign this year, National Fuel feels right at home with the Corporate Challenge and its greening efforts, particularly when it comes to Delaware Park.
“This race is a fun and healthy way to bring employees of various western New York companies together to socialize and enjoy a nice afternoon outside and out of the office,” said Spillman. “I think there is a strong sense of community that arises during and after the event — especially when you first see all of the tents set up in the park after the race. It's a nice way to showcase the union of people and companies that make our area great, while enjoying the atmosphere that the park has to offer.”
Delaware Park also is a reminder to Spillman of one of the worst storms in Buffalo history.
“As a community, we all will be reminded of the devastation caused by the October storm in 2006.” she said. “The storm took its toll all over western New York. Specifically, there were many trees damaged and destroyed in Delaware Park.”
The storm was unprecedented. The worst October lake effect snow storm in "137 years of records" kept by the National Weather Service, it wiped out power and trees throughout the region.
National Fuel stepped in immediately.
“After the October storm in 2006, the National Fuel Gas Company Foundation gave a generous donation to Re-Tree of WNY to help plant trees,” said Spillman.
This year, the company has expanded that effort with its “Go Green. Win Green” Campaign. Customers who enrolled in Online Services and turned off their paper bills between April 1, and May 9, 2008, had a tree planted in their honor. The company also continues its Conservation Incentive Program (CIP), which offers rebates to residential and small, non-residential customers when they install an Energy Star®-rated programmable thermostat or replace specified natural-gas appliances with new energy efficient models.
“Being in the energy industry, it is not only important for us at National Fuel to support conservation in order to help our customers reduce their energy prices, it's important for us to help make the communities that our employees and customers live and work in the best possible place, today and for generations to come,” said Spillman.
So, when National Fuel entrants step to the starting line in Delaware Park on June 5, they will be wearing a specially designed T-shirt.
It, naturally, will be green, with a theme of being fueled by natural gas.