Our wonderful state parks are among the places I treasure most in California, from the rolling oak-covered hillsides to coastal tide pools teaming with life. Once again this year, Pacific Gas and Electric Company is delighted to help keep those parks in top form as the Presenting Sponsor of the California State Parks Foundation Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup.
On Saturday, April 21, PG&E employees and retirees, along with their families and friends, will gather at nearby state parks to plant native trees, paint murals, haul away trash and recyclables, and refurbish hiking trails so that everyone can continue to enjoy these remarkable spaces.
As we mark the 20th anniversary of the Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup, PG&E is honored to renew our support with a $250,000 grant to help restore and clean 40 state parks across Northern and Central California. As the largest private landowner in the state, PG&E shares the California State Parks Foundation’s commitment to protect our state’s natural beauty.
Our support for parks is one of a multitude of ways PG&E is working with our communities to build a clean, sustainable future for California. In 2017, nearly 80 percent of the electricity we delivered to our customers was generated from sources that emit zero greenhouse gases—a record for us. We also continue to help our customers use energy more efficiently, which we’ve done for the past 40 years, and we’re reducing the barriers to widespread adoption of clean-fuel vehicles.
In addition, PG&E is committed to helping California become more resilient to wildfires, drought and other impacts of climate change. In fact, $50,000 of our grant to the Foundation this year is focused on brush removal, habitat management and other strategies to improve climate resiliency at state parks.
As we look to the future, we want our customers and communities to know that they can count on PG&E to work with them to build a better California. We know that every action matters—including getting our hands dirty at state parks.
To all of those who have volunteered for Earth Day in years past, we sincerely thank you and I hope you will join me again this year. We look forward to another year of helping our state parks be the best they can be.
PG&E Corporation CEO and President
For 13 years, PG&E has been honored to support the California State Parks Foundation as a Presenting Sponsor of the Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup. Over those years, our sponsorship has helped fund critical maintenance and improvements at state parks through grants totaling more than $2.8 million.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, incorporated in California in 1905, is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, the company is a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation.
There are approximately 20,000 employees who carry out Pacific Gas and Electric Company's primary business—the transmission and delivery of energy. The company provides natural gas and electric service to approximately 16 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California.