Utility offers cash grant, employee volunteers for park projects this Saturday
SAN FRANCISCO—Pacific Gas and Electric Company today announced that it is granting $155,000 to the California State Parks Foundation to help fund long overdue restoration and environmental improvement projects. Additionally, more than 1,000 PG&E employees, retirees and their families will work alongside community volunteers on Earth Day, Saturday, April 21, to help clean up and restore 16 state and community parks in northern and central California.
2007 marks the sixth consecutive year the utility has partnered with the California State Parks Foundation on the Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup program. Over the past six years, PG&E has granted over $600,000 to fund vital maintenance and improvement projects at California’s parks, with over 2,700 PG&E employees contributing 10,708 volunteer hours on Earth Day.
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At 16 park sites on April 21, PG&E volunteers will plant trees and shrubs, remove invasive non-native plants, clear trash and debris, and make other improvements to parks, such as installing irrigation systems. PG&E will also provide volunteers with free energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs to help them reduce their carbon footprint. In 2006, nearly 900 PG&E employees and their families volunteered at a dozen parks across the state, where they planted more than 2,000 trees and plants, removed approximately 725 bags of trash and laid 25 tons of trail rock on Earth Day.
“Protecting the environment and giving back to the community are two values that are tightly woven into the fabric of PG&E’s culture, so teaming up with California State Parks Foundation for the annual park restoration and cleanup campaign is a perfect partnership,” said PG&E CEO Tom King. “We are so proud of the hundreds of energized PG&E employee volunteers who walk the environmental stewardship talk and make a powerful difference in the communities we serve.”
Community participation at parks on Earth Day is critical this year, as continued funding pressures and a backlog of more than $1.2 billion in deferred maintenance projects threaten the vitality of parks and beaches across the state. California’s 278 state parks comprise more than 1.5 million acres of land which needs to be maintained.
“PG&E’s ongoing support of the California State Parks Foundation’s Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup program has been a major factor in its success,” said Elizabeth Goldstein, President of the California State Parks Foundation. “Over the past five years, they have contributed not only financially, but through the hard work of over 2,700 employee volunteers. Their partnership has given under-funded, understaffed parks the opportunity to complete long deferred projects that otherwise would not have been possible.”
The California State Parks Foundation celebrates the 10th anniversary year of the Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup Program on April 21. Since its inception in 1998, the California State Parks Foundation Earth Day program has had tremendous impact: 54,500 participants have contributed more than 222,315 volunteer hours worth an estimated $5,042,126 in park maintenance and improvements. Including $90,000 in grants distributed this year, the Foundation has awarded more than $898,000 to state parks throughout California.