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AWARDS $100,000 IN GRANTS TO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATORS
(Boston) - PG&E Corporation
(NYSE: PCG) today awarded a total of $100,000 to 21 schools, environmental
groups, and other recipients through its second annual Environmental
Education Grant Program. The program was established to further
the reach and success of conservation-focused programs aimed at
young people in New England.
"Our first year’s recipients
proved that these grants can empower educators to help foster conservation
and environmental stewardship throughout New England," said George
Grunbeck, vice president of operations management, Northeast Region,
for PG&E Corporation's competitive power generation unit.
PG&E Corporation’s grant
awards last year advanced important educational programs of local
elementary and high schools, non-profit watershed associations,
and a variety of other local conservation efforts. "The grant allowed
us to turn the Ipswich River into an outdoor classroom, teaching
youngsters how to do their part in helping to preserve the local
land and water," said Daniele Lantagne, Ipswich River Watershed
Association programs director. While the Ipswich River Watershed
Association has completed the program associated with PG&E Corporation’s
grant award, it has continued its outdoor classroom program, which
has served as a springboard for further local outreach and educational
efforts. The association is dedicated to protecting wildlife habitat,
water quality and quantity and recreational opportunities of the
Ipswich River Basin.
This year’s winning programs
range from initiatives aimed at pollution prevention and the development
of outdoor classrooms and nature trails, to cold-water trout restoration
and community gardening.
Numerous grant applications
came in over the past year and narrowing the field was extremely
difficult said Grunbeck. "All of the proposals represent valuable,
creative programs. And while choosing was difficult, the quality
of all the applicants demonstrates the strength of environmental
organizations in New England. We are proud to give these programs
the support they need to reach the youngsters in our local communities."
Each application was evaluated
based on financial need and the significance of the grant to the
program’s implementation. Proposed programs had to show a direct
environmental benefit, contain a science component, help students
understand their own responsibility to the environment and how to
improve their local environment, and have a lasting legacy or impact.
Other contributing factors in the selection process were the interactive
nature of the program, as well as geographic and program diversity.
The 1999 grant recipients
Bentley School and Early
Childhood Center, Salem, Mass.
Education Center, Brattleboro, Vt.
Charles River Watershed
Association, Auburndale, Mass.
Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium,
St. Johnsbury, Vt.
Farmington River Watershed
Association, Inc., Simsbury, Ct.
Gilmanton School, Gilmanton
Iron Works, N.H.
Groton School, Groton, Mass.
Killingly Intermediate School/Project
S.C.O.R.E., Dayville, Conn.
Lake Winnipesaukee Association,
Mary E. Fogarty Academic
Magnet School, Providence, R.I.
Parkville Community School,
Hartford Public Schools, Hartford, Ct.
Quabbin Mediation, Athol,
Reading Memorial High School
– Vernal Pool Association, Peabody, Mass.
Regional Environmental Council,
Inc., Worcester, Mass.
Isis Fund/The Thoreau Institute,
Salem Sound 2000, Salem,
Squannacook Elementary School,
The Woonasquakucket River
Greenway Project, Providence, R.I.
The Tower School, Marblehead,
Waterford High School, Waterford,
Westport River Watershed
Alliance, Westport, Mass.
"The environmental education
grants hit close to home with our own ideals and standards for excellence,"
said Steven A. Wolfgram, vice president and chief administrative
officer for the Northeast Region of the Corporation's generation
business unit. "Being able to visit a school and see children taking
an active role in a conservation project that we helped get off
the ground, or reading the numerous letters that come in from students
and educators alike on the success of their initiatives proves that
we’re making a real, tangible difference to the future of the New
PG&E Corporation, with 1998
revenues of almost $20 billion, $33 billion in assets, and operations
in 27 states, markets energy services and products throughout North
America through its National Energy Group. The Corporation has a
significant presence in the New England area with ownership in 20
power plants and one of the most active power trading businesses
in the region.