2008 Corporate Responsibility Report

How we are creating a smarter foundation for a sustainable future
Recognizing Outstanding Community Service

PG&E is always looking for new ways to empower Californians with tools and information to help reduce their carbon footprint and protect California’s natural heritage. That is why we teamed up with the California Academy of Sciences, a world-class scientific and cultural institution based in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, to focus on climate change education and community involvement.

Beginning in 2008, the four-year collaboration will use innovative sustainability exhibits and programs to teach Californians how they can take action on climate change.

PG&E awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Academy—the largest grant ever made by the company to a single San Francisco institution. As the Academy’s lead corporate sponsor, PG&E is providing energy-related content for its “Science in Action” exhibit and incorporating subject expertise into ongoing programming. PG&E employees also have an opportunity to participate in volunteer activities and special events.

Photos by Tim Griffith, courtesy of the California Academy of Sciences

PG&E is also the lead sponsor of the Academy’s unique environmental-sustainability exhibit, “Altered State: Climate Change in California”—complete with an interactive projection display on the effects of climate change on Arctic sea ice and a variety of treasures from the Academy’s collection of scientific specimens from California. The exhibit introduces the most recent advances in the science of climate change, explores possible consequences and encourages visitors to share ideas for reducing their personal carbon footprint.

The Academy building is also a model of sustainable design, topped with solar panels and a 2.5-acre living roof and employing a wide range of energy-saving materials and technologies.

Nancy McFadden, senior vice president of Public Affairs at PG&E Corporation, helps celebrate the grand opening of the California Academy of Sciences.