Suncor Energy Inc.

Suncor Energy Inc.

December 18, 2006 00:00 ET

Suncor Energy makes generous donation to Sand Creek Regional Greenway partnership

Commerce City, Colorado (December 18, 2006) — Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership (SCRGP) announced today that Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc. has contributed $10,000 to the organization, in order to support the development of the regional greenway that runs nearly 14 miles from the South Platte River in Commerce City to the Highline Canal in Aurora.

Suncor's investments over the years in the nature trail system which runs for nearly one mile along the northern border of the Suncor Energy refinery in Commerce City has funded extensive work on the south bank of Sand Creek and includes a major grant to construct the Commerce City Wetland Park that will be formally opened in February 2007.

"Suncor Energy's continued commitment to improve the Sand Creek Regional Greenway makes a tremendous difference in the quality of life for all Commerce City residents," said Mary Gearhart, President of SCRGP. "The Partnership and the many trail users thank Suncor for their generous support for environmental improvement."

"The employees at the Suncor Energy refinery in Commerce City appreciate the work of the Sand Creek Regional Greenway. Many of our employees are frequent users of the Greenway trail system," said Paul Ludwig, Suncor's Manager of Government and Stakeholder Relations. "Suncor believes in supporting the communities where we operate and we are pleased to make another contribution to the greenway partnership to support its ongoing work."

Since purchasing the refinery assets in 2003, Suncor has been very involved in working with the SCRGP on projects to improve Sand Creek and its ecological and recreational significance.

With the addition of an irrigation system in 2003, which uses treated, recycled wastewater and the planting of thousands more of native trees and grasses, the 10-acre site has become a beautiful, natural habitat.   Fox, deer, beavers, Great Blue Herons, egrets, ducks and coyotes live and thrive along the banks of Sand Creek in Commerce City.

The re-vegetation is visible along the Sand Creek Regional Greenway bike path and provides a lush green border in front of the refinery operations to the south. To the west of the green space and refinery, a wetland area and cottonwood grove provides critical habitat for the local wildlife.

"In our drive to become a sustainable energy company, Suncor is committed to using best practices and technologies and putting policies in place to ensure a safe and healthy work environment and to reduce our impacts on the air, land and water," stated Ludwig. "Our involvement with the Sand Creek Regional Greenway is just one example."


The Sand Creek Regional Greenway trail was opened in June 2002. This 14-mile trail completes a loop around metro Denver, making Denver the only metropolitan area in the country to be surrounded by an open space trail system.  The Greenway was named one of the Top Ten Fitness Trails in the USA by the American Hiking Society in the spring of 2005. In 2006, the SCRGP was awarded the prestigious Starburst Conservation Award for excellence in the use of Colorado Lottery proceeds for environmental improvements.

The Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership, a private non-profit, was formed in 1998 and joined with the cities of Aurora, Commerce City, Denver, and the Stapleton Development Corporation to build the 14-mile trail. The project has become a reality because of the spirit of cooperation between the cities, counties, and business and residential neighbors.
For more information about the Sand Creek Regional Greenway you may contact: Sand Creek Regional Greenway Partnership by e-mail at or by calling 303-468-3260. Visit the web site at


Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Suncor Energy Inc., an integrated energy company based in Calgary, Canada. Suncor Energy U.S.A.'s business includes refining operations and retail sales in the Denver area under the Phillips 66® brand, and pipeline operations in Colorado and Wyoming. Suncor's common shares (symbol: SU) are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges.

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For more information, contact:

Kate Kramer 
(303) 468-3263

Laurie Wagner 
(303) 468-3262