2008 Corporate Responsibility Report

How we are creating a smarter foundation for a sustainable future
Clarke Awards: Recognizing Employees for Environmental Leadership

PG&E’s Richard A. Clarke Environmental Leadership Award is an annual recognition opportunity that honors PG&E employees whose efforts demonstrate exceptional environmental leadership. In addition to recognizing the finalists in a ceremony with PG&E’s senior executives, the company makes a financial contribution to an environmentally oriented non-profit organization selected by the award recipients.

Now in its seventh year, the competition showcases the breadth of PG&E’s environmental commitment. In 2008, more than 100 employees were nominated for an individual or team award, representing initiatives as diverse as promoting solar education in underserved communities, leading green building efforts at PG&E’s facilities and taking innovative steps to protect sensitive plants and animals on company property.

The 2008 awards went to an individual and a team of employees.

Kadi Whiteside, Protecting Natural
Resources at Construction Sites

Kadi Whiteside, a senior environmental consultant at the Utility, led the development of new practices and techniques to protect water quality, plants and animals at construction sites. Her innovative practices, which are the first of their kind, include the use of reusable fencing for construction sites to prevent sediment from entering streams and waterways, the development of portable vehicle wash stations to prevent the spread of plant diseases and invasive weeds and the use of biological fencing to prevent sensitive species from entering construction sites. On her behalf, PG&E made a $10,000 contribution to the California Oak Mortality Task Force, a group that brings together public agencies, other non-profit organizations and private interests to address issues related to sudden oak death.

Change a Light Campaign Team
This team was at the forefront of PG&E’s fall 2007 campaign to encourage customers to buy and use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). The goal of the campaign was to distribute one million CFLs—the largest promotion of its kind by a U.S. utility. The campaign was a multi-departmental effort, involving more than 1,000 employee volunteers at more than 600 events across PG&E’s service area. The campaign helped to potentially save more than 400,000 MWh of electricity—the equivalent of powering nearly 60,000 homes for a year. On the team’s behalf, PG&E made a $10,000 contribution to Californians Against Waste, a group dedicated to protecting California’s environment through the development, promotion and implementation of waste reduction and recycling policies and programs.

Pictured in front row, left to right: Lauren Purnell, Vivian Leung, Joanne Panchana, Julie Cheng Bui, Mary Jung, Jenny Machado, Jennifer Lee and Marcela Fox.
Back row, left to right: Nicole Yelich, Robert Nagata, Katie Romans, Sue Fisher, Keith Reed and Duane Larson.
Not pictured: Rex Bell, Steve Cook, Roxanne Cruz, Winsey Kan, Travis Kiyota, Lynn Morrison and Gary Voorhees.