2002 Environmental Report
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STEWARDSHIP AND OUTREACH
 
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  Land Use, Preservation, and Biodiversity  
  Promoting Environmental Education in Our Communities  
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PG&E Corporation’s facilities and operations encompass vast lands and waterways that are home to wildlife and other valuable natural resources. We are also neighbors in thousands of communities throughout the country. Our businesses maintain extensive programs and initiatives designed to ensure responsible stewardship of these resources, and to build and foster strong relationships with members of our communities. We have been recognized by federal, state and local organizations and agencies for our efforts and continue to strive to surpass past results.

Outstanding Stewardship of
American Rivers Award

Pacific Gas and Electric Company was selected to receive two Outstanding Stewardship of American Rivers awards from the National Hydropower Association. The awards recognize the Utility for embracing the collaborative approach in the license settlements for Mokelumne and Rock Creek-Cresta licenses and the resulting enhancements to their watersheds.

CONTRIBUTING TO OUR COMMUNITIES

PG&E Corporation is an active contributor to the communities in which we operate. Many of these contributions bring together our commitment to environmental excellence with our commitment to help make our communities great places to live and work.

Financial Support for Local Organizations and Projects

In 2002, through the PG&E Corporation Foundation and the charitable contributions programs of PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, we provided over $335,000 in grants and direct donations to various environmental non-profit groups, including The American Lung Association, the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, the Save the San Francisco Bay Association, the California Parks Foundation and the Trust for Public Land.

Employee Volunteer Initiatives

Pacific Gas and Electric Company established the Volunteer Stewardship Program in 2001. Through this program, in 2002 more than 500 employees volunteered more than 2,400 hours on 16 different projects throughout the Utility’s service area. A program highlight included a task force of 70 Utility employees working with San Francisco’s Department of Public Works “Clean Team” to clean up trash, graffiti and weeds in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point district. On another occasion, employees teamed with Save the Bay and East Bay Regional Park District to restore creek and wetland habitat at Arrowhead Marsh, a stretch of Martin Luther King, Jr. shoreline near Oakland Airport.  And, on Earth Day, employees of Pacific Gas and Electric Company assisted in restoration and clean-up efforts at nine parks.

Employees at many of our NEG facilities also volunteer their time, labor and expertise in support of various environmental projects, ranging from planting trees to remarking hiking trails. As one example, in 2002 Lake Road Generating Plant employees in Connecticut worked with the Groton Public School District and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection to site and establish an Eastern Bluebird Population. In addition, on Earth Day, NEG employees from the headquarters office in Bethesda, Maryland, planted trees in Layhill Park, which will improve the health of the Northwest Branch watershed of the Anacostia River.