Houston is a little bit greener now thanks to the efforts of Aramco volunteers. In November, 40 volunteers planted 100 trees along Sims Bayou. Working with partner, Trees for Houston, the Aramco volunteers transplanted a variety of trees in sizes ranging from 15 to 30 gallons.
“Volunteering is a gratifying way to contribute to the community,” said Travis Green, Industrial Relations, Aramco. “There is a great deal of satisfaction seeing trees planted in an area that was barren just a few hours before.”
Sims Bayou begins in the southwest corner of Houston and flows east toward the Houston Ship Channel. Along its journey, it passes a diverse range of communities and touches many neighborhood parks.
The Aramco volunteers concentrated on a section of Sims Bayou that is part of the Bayou Greenways 2020 Project. This project will create a continuous parks system along Houston’s major waterways. Bayou Greenways 2020 will transform more than 3,000 underutilized acres along the bayous into public, accessible greenspace and add more than 80 new miles of hike-and-bike trails and trail-related amenities. When the project is complete, approximately 60 percent of Houstonians will live within 1.5 miles of a Bayou Greenway.
“We’re so thankful the volunteers from Aramco came out to help us,” said Randi Koenig, director of development for Trees for Houston. “We plant thousands of trees each year and couldn’t accomplish our goals without such great volunteer support.
Aramco has been a proud corporate sponsor of Trees for Houston since 2006. The company provides ongoing sponsorship and volunteers to help Trees for Houston carry out projects.
Aramco employees and their families actively participate at company-sponsored outreach events, improving everything from green spaces to public education and more.