Clarke Awards: Recognizing Employees
for Environmental Leadership

Photos: Lewis Stewart

PG&E’s Richard A. Clarke Environmental Leadership Awards are 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 eighth year, the competition showcases the breadth of PG&E’s environmental commitment. In 2009, employees from more than 75 departments were nominated, representing initiatives as diverse as using hydrogen fuel cells as back-up power for some of PG&E’s telecommunications sites, strengthening the use of energy-efficient electronics and working collaboratively to “green” our supply chain.

The 2009 awards went to an individual and a team of employees.

Jan Grygier, Waste Minimization at the General Office

Jan GrygierJan Grygier was recognized for his motivational force in expanding PG&E’s composting and recycling programs. Outside the scope of his professional responsibilities, Grygier’s individual efforts, driven by his strong personal commitment to environmental stewardship, have enabled PG&E to be well ahead of the curve for meeting San Francisco’s waste reduction goals. Grygier has been an inspiring leader in teaching employees to dispose of their compostable and recyclable trash correctly. Working with the Corporate Real Estate department, he shares his best practices and motivates others to take action through innovative approaches like his recycling demonstrations, waste minimization contests and internal training.

California Academy of Sciences Partnership Team

PG&E awarded a multi-year $1.5 million grant to the California Academy of Sciences—the largest grant ever made by the company to a single San Francisco institution. As part of our ongoing corporate sponsorship, the California Academy of Sciences Partnership team collaborated with the Academy to support the grand opening of its world-class facility through environmental and sustainability education, with the goal of inspiring Californians to take steps to fight climate change. This multi-disciplinary team of PG&E employees was recognized for working together to provide energy-related content for the Academy’s climate change and “Science in Action” exhibits and for continuing to incorporate high-value expertise into ongoing programming. The rewarding partnership reinforces PG&E’s goal to be an environmental leader and our long-term commitment to help customers reduce their carbon footprint.

California Academy of Sciences Partnership Team

Pictured from left: Mona Yew, Brandon Hernandez, Barbara Contreras, Robert Parkhurst, Andrea Gooden, Ken Brennan, Stephanie Isaacson, Susie Martinez, Jennifer Zerwer, Amanda Tutera.
Not pictured: Karalee Browne, Mariana Hernandez, Hal La Flash.