SoCalGas Kicks-Off 2019 Environmental Champions Grant Program
$400,000 in Grants Available to Organizations Focused on Clean Air, Clean Energy & Renewable Natural Gas
May 3, 2019
LOS ANGELES, May 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has kicked-off its 2019 Environmental Champions Grant initiative, announcing the company is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations focused on clean air, clean energy and renewable natural gas. Eligible organizations can apply for grants of up to $25,000 each by visiting this link between May 2 and June 5, 2019. Winners will be selected and notified of their selection in Sept. 2019.
Last year, SoCalGas awarded nearly $400,000 in grants to 32 nonprofits for projects related to clean air, energy, or water. Since its inception in 2015, the Environmental Champions Initiative, which is funded by Sempra Energy shareholders, has awarded more than 150 grants totaling over $2 million.
"SoCalGas is committed to being the cleanest natural gas utility in North America, and part of that commitment is helping advance the work of the environmental champions working to improve our local communities each day," said Sharon Tomkins, vice president of strategy and engagement for SoCalGas. "Since our Environmental Champions initiative launched in 2015, SoCalGas has been proud to partner with more than 150 local leaders to develop projects that help improve our environment and tackle climate change."
Last year's winners include:
"Energy Independence Now (EIN) was honored to be recognized by SoCalGas with the Environmental Champions Award. We are proud to stand alongside our peers in the environmental community as we advocate for clean air and the fight against climate change. As the only nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to advancing zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and renewable hydrogen, EIN applauds the work SoCalGas is doing to decarbonize their business model and to further the green hydrogen marketplace," said Brian Goldstein, executive director of Energy Independence Now. "Together, we are exploring renewable energy storage, zero-emission fuel distribution and deep decarbonization opportunities. EIN is thrilled to team up with SoCalGas to improve air quality and to address climate change."
"The Environmental Champions Initiative has provided Southeast Community Development Corporation with the opportunity to focus on educating our youth about clean air, clean water, and renewable energy in the Southeast area," said Cesar Zaldivar-Motts, executive director of the SCDC. "This initiative will assist with educating and mentoring our future community leaders to develop potential solutions to regional environmental problems. Thank you to SoCalGas for supporting these efforts."
The following groups are eligible to apply for the 2019 grant initiative:
Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on June 5, 2019. Following submission, applicants will receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of their application.
Supporting local environmental organizations is part of SoCalGas' vision to the cleanest natural gas utility in North America, delivering affordable and increasingly renewable energy to its customers. As part of that vision, SoCalGas committed to replace 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030.
In addition, SoCalGas recently announced a broad, integrated, and inclusive plan to help achieve California's ambitious climate goals in a paper titled, California's Clean Energy Future: Imagine the Possibilities. The plan embraces an all-of-the-above approach to fight climate change, keeps energy affordability as a key focus, calls for developing long-term renewable energy storage using existing infrastructure, and can aid in promoting rapid consumer adoption.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, clean and increasingly renewable natural gas service to 21.8 million customers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California, where more than 90 percent of residents use natural gas for heating, hot water, cooking, drying clothes or other uses. Natural gas delivered through the company's pipelines also plays a key role in providing electricity to Californians— about 45 percent of electric power generated in the state comes from gas-fired power plants.
SoCalGas' vision is to be the cleanest natural gas utility in North America, delivering affordable and increasingly renewable energy to its customers. In support of that vision, SoCalGas is committed to replacing 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste created by dairy farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its natural gas system infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for our customers. From 2014 through 2018, the company invested nearly $6.5 billion to upgrade and modernize its natural gas system to enhance safety and reliability. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), an 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.
SOURCE Southern California Gas Company
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