Painting Our Tanks in Response to Community Feedback
As part of routine maintenance of the Albany terminal, we paint our tanks every 8 to 10 years. Ongoing investments in the terminal is something we consider essential, and core to the safety of our operations.
A few years ago, community members asked questions about the color of our tanks. Four tanks were blue and the rest of the tanks are white. Some community members requested that we paint all the tanks white.
We committed to accelerating our painting schedule to respond to this community request, and now we have painted two of our tanks white. The remaining two tanks will be painted next year.
“Global Partners has listened and responded to community concerns. They are demonstrating what it means to be a good neighbor to the South End,” said Chairman Andrew Joyce, Albany County Legislature.
Virtual Engagement On Our Permit Renewal Modification
We also continue outreach around our permit renewal modification. Because of COVID-19, this outreach is happening through virtual channels.
We have created a video explaining the proposed changes to the permit, which you can view below:
We also hosted and taped two virtual public meetings, which you can view here.
Our permit modifications reflect years of community input. In addition to reducing crude oil by over 75% and substantially increasing biodiesel (a renewable fuel derived from plant and animal oils), we would also install enhanced controls to more effectively treat emissions from loading operations.
In the coming months, there will be more opportunities to weigh in on the process with the New York DEC. If you have questions, you can also contact us directly. We look forwarding to hearing from you.
“I encourage everyone to participate in this process. Global Partners has shown a commitment to not only consider different points of view, but also, to address concerns,” said Hon. Carolyn Mclaughlin, Albany County Legislator, District 1.
A Growing Partnership With the Boys & Girls Club and Other Community Partners
For several years, we have partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area, supporting after school and teen programs that serve youth in Albany especially in the South End.
In recent months, as so many in our community have struggled through the impacts of COVID-19, we’ve deepened that work. In addition to supporting the meal “Drop & Go” programs and afternoon COVID-19-safe school activities like Basketball workouts, Virtual Dance Classes and Lyricism 101, we’re working to convene groups together to solve problems and deliver services to the Albany community. We also help leverage funding and advocated to save and adapt the local summer programs and Summer Youth Employment and Teen Internship programs.
This work is led by Mark Bobb-Semple, and the Boys & Girls Club CEO had this to say about the partnership:
“Using his passion for youth development and years of experience as a community advocate, Mark Bobb-Semple and Global Partners have been instrumental in helping the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area fulfill its mission and vision.
From helping to understand and transform community need into meaningful programming opportunities, to assisting with Resource Development in identifying and implementing new fundraising strategies, Mark continues to sow the seeds of sustainability so we can continue to serve this community for years to come,” said Justin Reuter, CEO Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area.
We’ve facilitated connections with Just Be Ready to help with meal prep and delivery. And with Elevate 518, to hear from new voices of female leadership.
The challenges of this moment require a collective approach to solving problems. As a business, that is what we do best. As a community partner, we can apply those same skills to do our small part, and encourage others to do the same.
Global had planned to start an internship program this past summer, which was delayed due to COVID-19. We are committed to start an internship program for students as soon as it is safe to do so.
In the spirit of supporting local businesses, Global Partners LP joined two other organizations to stage an outdoor holiday market on Albany’s famed Lark Street. Read more in the Times Union article here.
Global hosted the market, held on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28, with the Lark Street Business Improvement District and The Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area. Dozens of retail shops and vendors set up outside for the market, which drew crowds of shoppers for specials, sales, holiday music and other festivities.
As part of its involvement, Global sponsored a #ShopSmall scavenger hunt. The first 20 shoppers to complete it were given a $25 gift card to a local business on Lark Street.
The market was Global’s most recent involvement with the Lark Street Business Improvement District and the latest example of the company’s support of local small businesses.
In 2017, Global donated $6,000 to support the relief efforts in the Lark Street/Center Square neighborhood after a fire damaged multiple properties there. It also donated $3,000 to LSBID for neighborhood beautification in 2018, and company employees have regularly volunteered to help keep the neighborhood clean and attractive, including watering the hanging flower pots that line Lark Street.
At gas stations, convenience stores and fuel terminals throughout the Northeast, thousands of employees of Global Partners LP have been helping people get the goods, food, and fuel they need throughout the COVID-19 crisis. It is essential work that is keeping communities up and running.
Global was looking for a creative and personal way to thank these employees for their service. The answer? Creating more than 3,000 handcrafted family meals and provision boxes for its frontline employees.
“We were thinking, ‘How is it that we can take care of all of those associates and terminal operators that have been on the frontline since the start of the whole COVID crisis?’” said Eric Slifka, Global Partners’ CEO. “It’s really about finding ways to make a difference and delivering that difference to everybody that we work with.”
The meals come in addition to a $2-per-hour raises and monthly gift cards that Global began offering to retail associates in March. Combined, all of the efforts aim to express the company’s gratitude for the employees who are helping Global help the community.
“I just want to thank everybody who comes out and goes to work every day and really delivers to the community that they’re serving,” Slifka said, “because without you, we wouldn’t be able to help those in need.”
At our company, and at our Albany Terminal, community is the heart of all we do. In ordinary – and extraordinary – times, this approach grounds us. As our community reacts to COVID-19, we wanted to share some of the ways we are responding locally.
Our Albany terminal continues to operate, but with enhanced social distancing and sanitization to keep our employees, customers and partners safe. We are staying in close coordination with local and state officials so that we ensure we can get critical backup fuel to hospitals, first responders, and other emergency personnel.
We also want to do our part to help the South End community in this time. Every week we are coordinating with the Albany Housing Authority, United Way and many other local organizations on how we can help.
We’ve also donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Albany to help support their relief and response efforts.
We are also pitching in to volunteer where we can, helping families and students get through this challenging time. We heard that Ezra Prentice families needed dinner. Last weekend we worked with local restaurants in Albany and purchased meals for about 60 families at Ezra Prentice.
Our local elementary school Giffen Elementary has started a meal delivery program, bringing breakfast and lunch to Giffen families. Our employees are volunteering to deliver meals to these families.
We know these are small steps, but we are committed to continuing this work and getting through this as a community.
Global submitted its permit renewal modification application in mid-March. The documents are online and available for download and review.
The documents will also be available at the Albany Public Library, Albany Housing Authority and Global Partners Community Outreach Office, however, due to the current shelter-in-place order, those organizations have temporarily closed their offices. We will distribute the documents as soon as we are able.
Our Public Meeting on the permit, scheduled for April 9 has been postponed due to COVID-19. We will follow up and send an update when it’s been rescheduled. Our priority is the health and safety of our employees, customers and communities. We hope everyone in New York remains safe and healthy.