In Support of Earth Month, SoCalGas Supports Six Community Clean-up Events Hosted by Area Non-Profits

More than 220 SoCalGas employees volunteer to beautify their communities by clearing waste and invasive plant species

Apr 18, 2018

LOS ANGELES, April 18, 2018 –  Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced the company and more than 220 employees are teaming up during Earth Month with six environmental nonprofit groups to take part in upcoming events throughout the region. Starting this week, employees and their friends and families will volunteer at parks, beaches and lagoons throughout Southern California to pull weeds, clean up trash, and assist with other conservation work. The nonprofits include: Bolsa Chica Conservancy, Fairview Gardens in Santa Barbara/Goleta, Baldwin Hills State Park Scenic Overlook, CicLAvia, Friends of Ballona Wetlands and Ventura Land Trust. The utility also donated a total of $27,500 to these organizations in support of their programs.

"SoCalGas and its employees are committed to improving our environment. The work these nonprofits are doing is very important to our ecosystems - sustaining wildlife and a clean environment for future generations to come,” said Michael M. Schneider, SoCalGas, vice president of operations support and sustainability and chief environmental officer. “SoCalGas employees live and work in these communities and want healthy families and plenty of open spaces.”

“As long-standing partners, SoCalGas helped us achieve the removal of over 4,300 pounds of invasive plant material collectively from the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve along Pacific Coast Highway last year,” said Grace Adams, executive director at Bolsa Chica Conservancy. “We hope to accomplish more this year again with SoCalGas and its employees to improve our wildlife and diversity of our wetlands.”

To learn more about taking part in the events below, contact SoCalGas at 1-877-344-8509.

Bolsa Chica Conservancy
When: Saturday, Apr. 21
Time: 8:30 a.m. – noon
Where: Harriett Wieder Regional Park 19251 Seapoint Street Huntington Beach, CA 92648
What: Lagoon clean-up; trash pick-up, invasive plant species removal

Fairview Gardens
When: Saturday, Apr. 21
Time: 8:30 a.m. – noon
Where: Fairview Gardens 598 N. Fairview Avenue Goleta, CA 93117
What: Invasive plant species removal, organic fruit and vegetable seeds planting, organic farming 

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, State Park
When: Saturday, Apr. 21
Time: 8:30 a.m. – noon
Where: 6300 Hetzler Road Culver City, CA 90232
What: trash clean-ups, invasive plant species removal, restoring trails and habitats with native plants

CicLAvia Heart of the Foothills
When: Sunday, Apr. 22
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: San Dimas Hub with SoCalGas Booth 125 W. Bonita Avenue San Dimas, CA 91773
What: Participation to highlight the need for more family-friendly bike/walking paths, clean air and healthy families with open streets. Visit SoCalGas’ information booths at CicLAvia.

Friends of Ballona Wetlands
When: Saturday, Apr. 28
Time: 9 a.m. – noon
Where: Alkali Water/Gordon’s Market 303 Culver Boulevard Playa del Rey, CA 90293
What: Trash pick-up, restoration and invasive plant species removal. Education of wetlands and wildlife

Ventura Land Trust
When: Saturday, Apr. 28
Time: 9 a.m. – noon
Where: Big Rock Nature Preserve. Ojai Hwy 33 – Casitas Vista Road Exit and next to Ventura River Trails
What: Monarch butterfly habitat restoration and education, milkweed planting

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About SoCalGas
Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the United States, providing clean, safe, affordable and reliable natural gas service to 21.7 million customers in Central and Southern California. Its service territory spans 22,000 square miles from Fresno to the Mexican border, reaching more than 550 communities through 5.9 million meters and 101,000 miles of pipeline. More than 90 percent of Southern California single-family home residents use natural gas for home heat and hot water. In addition, natural gas plays a key role in providing electricity to Californians—about 60 percent of electric power generated in the state comes from gas-fired power plants.  

SoCalGas has served communities in California for 150 years and is committed to being a leader in the region’s clean energy future. The company is working to accelerate the use of renewable natural gas, a carbon-neutral or carbon-negative fuel created by capturing and conditioning greenhouse gas emissions from farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook

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