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Phillips 66 honored by Laura Bush’s nonprofit for conservation work

The Texan by Nature 20, presented in partnership with Texas Monthly in the magazine's December edition, is an effort to recognize innovation and best practices in conservation among Texas-based businesses. Bush’s strategy for creating the nonprofit in 2011 was to put the power of those businesses — the companies that make Texas the world’s 10th-largest economy — behind efforts to preserve the state's vast natural resources.

"The ingenuity and dedication we're seeing from industry leaders is inspiring," said Texan by Nature CEO and President Joni Carswell. "We hope these efforts are expanded and replicated across the Lone Star State and beyond."

The group singled out Phillips 66 for its diverse sustainability projects, including its investments in conservation programs through partnerships with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, and the Wildlife Habitat Council.

“We invest in the preservation and protection of natural resources because we respect and value their role in our daily lives,” said Phillips 66 Manager of Policy and Sustainability Maria Dunn. “We are on a journey of continuous improvement.”

Texan by Nature also pointed to the company’s research into organic photovoltaic energy, a solar technology that's progressing toward commercialization, and its energy conservation efforts at its refineries across the country. Those efforts have earned nearly half of the refineries Energy Star certifications from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The company’s support of Texas parks through special projects and its contributions to organizations promoting education and literacy, environmental sustainability, safety and preparedness, and civic enrichment in 2018 were also key deciding factors in the company’s rating.

Texan by Nature evaluated more than 2,000 companies across 10 industries with either headquarters or major operations in Texas. The team also conducted in-depth research aggregating data from multiple sources and public filings, scoring the companies across 14 criteria.

The Texan by Nature 20 list includes some of the state's most admired businesses, names synonymous with innovation and service — including the H-E-B grocery chain, Dell and Southwest Airlines. The full list can be found in Texas Monthly’s December issue or on Texan by Nature’s website.

At top: Phillips 66 Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement Claudia Kreisle, sixth from right, attended an event in November hosted by former First Lady Laura Bush, center, for the Texan by Nature 20 honorees.