Fueling terminal continues environmental award winning streak

The green roof at the CITGO Chesapeake Terminal in Chesapeake, Va., helped the company earn its fourth Sustained Distinguished Performance Award from the Elizabeth River Project.

The green roof at the CITGO Chesapeake Terminal in Chesapeake, Va., helped the company earn its fourth Sustained Distinguished Performance Award from the Elizabeth River Project. Photo credit: Roger Bullock

In April, the CITGO Chesapeake Terminal in Chesapeake, Va., earned its fourth Sustained Distinguished Performance Award from the Elizabeth River Project, a nonprofit that leads community environmental restoration efforts along the river. Since partnering with the Elizabeth River Project in 2004, the CITGO Chesapeake Terminal has completed numerous environmental projects to achieve Model Level status, the highest level of pollution prevention and wildlife habitat enhancement efforts through the organization’s River Star rankings program.

Chief among the terminal’s ongoing efforts is a 278-m2 (3000-ft2) green roof. The terminal constructed the living green roof in 2009 on the CITGO Chesapeake Terminal office building and loading rack. This installation is believed is believed to be the industry’s only green roof in the Chesapeake area.

Constructed of hardy sedum plants that store large quantities of water and require little to no maintenance post-installation, the green roof has eliminated more than 1.1 million L (300,000 gal) of stormwater runoff from entering the Elizabeth River and Chesapeake Bay watershed. This style of roof also helps to reduce energy use within the building below, thanks to the natural insulating qualities of the plants and soil.

Another project enabled the terminal’s employees to install 5500 native plants in 2004 and the conserve 1.2 ha (3 ac) of wetlands north of the facility in 2005.

The terminal reached Model Level status in 2008 and has earned Sustained Distinguished Performance Awards in 2006, 2011, 2013 and 2016.

The Chesapeake Terminal’s ongoing environmental stewardship initiatives are part of the company’s larger environmental platform, which also includes Caring for Our Coast, a program boosting natural habitat restoration as well as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education efforts.

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