Suncor Energy Foundation invests more than $1 million in Sarnia sustainability initiatives

    SARNIA, ON, March 29 /CNW/ - The Suncor Energy Foundation today announced
its largest investment ever made in Ontario - $1,050,000 over three years to
launch the Suncor Sustainability Centre at Lambton College in Sarnia.
    Located on the Lambton College campus, the Suncor Sustainability Centre
will become the focal point for sustainability initiatives and programs in the
Sarnia-Lambton region. This facility will house a student and community
resource centre, provide meeting and office space for community and industry
groups, and become the home of the Bluewater Sustainability Initiative, a
network of business and community leaders dedicated to implementing
sustainability initiatives in Sarnia-Lambton.
    In addition to the facility, the Suncor Energy Foundation investment will
fund the development of a sustainability curriculum for Lambton College
programs as well as awards for individuals and organizations that pursue
sustainability initiatives in the community. The development of an educational
site for alternative energy sources will also be funded through this
    In the coming months, renovations will begin on an existing building at
Lambton College that will become the future home of the Suncor Sustainability
Centre. The centre is expected to be open in 2007 and the additional
sustainability programs and initiatives will be phased in over the next three
    Ian Savill, Suncor's vice president, Suncor Sarnia Refinery, said,
"Everyone in the community has a role to play in sustainability. Through the
Suncor Sustainability Centre, we are pleased to provide an opportunity for all
local residents to participate in transforming Sarnia-Lambton into a
prosperous, sustainable community over the long-term."
    "Suncor continues to be a tremendous supporter of Lambton College. This
record setting donation is a highlight of decades of assistance by Suncor.
Their ongoing support of our programs and our students validates the quality
of our programs and the skill sets of our grads," said Tony Hanlon, president
of Lambton College. "Lambton College has worked in partnership with Suncor and
other local industry partners to prepare highly skilled technical and
engineering graduates whose productivity helps local employers compete
successfully in a very competitive global marketplace. These partnerships have
enabled Lambton College to create a world-class Centre of Excellence in
Process Manufacturing and adding sustainability concepts will bring long term
economic, social and environmental benefits to communities that our grads will
work and live in."

    Suncor Energy Inc. is an integrated energy company headquartered in
Calgary, Alberta. Suncor's oil sands business, located near Fort McMurray,
Alberta, extracts and upgrades oil sands and markets refinery feedstock and
diesel fuel, while operations throughout western Canada produce natural gas.
Suncor operates a refining and marketing business in Ontario with retail
distribution under the Sunoco brand. U.S.A. downstream assets include pipeline
and refining operations in Colorado and Wyoming and retail sales in the Denver
area under the Phillips 66(R) brand. Suncor's common shares (symbol: SU) are
listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.

    The Suncor Energy Foundation is a private, non-profit charitable
foundation established by Suncor to receive Suncor's contributions and support
registered Canadian charitable organizations. As an 'Imagine Caring Company,'
Suncor invests at least one per cent of average domestic pre-tax profits to
charitable and non-profit causes each year.

For further information:

For further information: Jason Vaillant, Suncor Energy Products Inc.,
(519) 383-3691

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