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In 2015, PG&E was honored to be recognized for our commitment to excellence in three major areas: corporate sustainability and environmental leadership; diversity and inclusion; and innovation, operations and community engagement.

Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Leadership

  • S&P Climate Disclosure Leadership Index—A perfect score of 100 and one of only four U.S. utilities to make the index
  • Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens—No. 2 among utilities and No. 58 overall
  • Energy Intelligence—No. 23 on EI New Energy’s Global Top 100 ranking
  • National Hydropower Association—Outstanding Stewards of America’s Waters Award
  • Newsweek Green Rankings—No. 3 among electric and gas utilities and No. 42 overall
  • Solar Electric Power Association Utility Solar Rankings—Top utility in the U.S. (Solar Megawatts)

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Black Enterprise magazine—One of the top 40 best companies for diversity
  • Disability Equality Index—A perfect score of 100 percent
  •—One of the top 50 organizations for multicultural business opportunities
  • DiversityInc—One of the top five utilities for diversity efforts
  • Electric Power Conference—Faraday Award given to PG&E’s PowerPathway program for employment of veterans
  • G.I. Jobs magazine—Top 100 Military Friendly Employer®
  • Human Rights Campaign—100 percent rating on the Corporate Equality Index
  • LATINA Style magazine—One of the LATINA Style 50
  • Minority Business News magazine—Named PG&E Chairman, CEO and President Tony Earley to “Best of the Decade” list and Director of Supply Chain Responsibility Joan Kerr to Circle of Honor
  • National Affinity Leadership Congress—Above and Beyond Awards to Latino and Women Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
  • Project SEARCH—Most Productive Program for internships for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • U.S. Department of Defense—For long-standing support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve
  • U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce—Million Dollar Club and Top Hispanic ERG

Innovation, Operations and Community Engagement

  • ARCOS—Innovation Award for implementation of automated emergency response technology
  • Cal Poly Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers—Company of the Year
  • CIO magazine—CIO 100 Award
  • Edison Electric Institute—Emergency Recovery Award
  • Napa Chamber of Commerce—Large Business of the Year
  • San Francisco Chinese Chamber of Commerce—President’s Award

Employee Champions

In 2015, PG&E recognized a number of employees with our highest honors for their commitment to innovation, environmental leadership, diversity, community involvement and safety. PG&E gave several of the award recipients $5,000 each to present to the nonprofit of their choice, while award finalists received $1,000 each.

Shermer L. Sibley Safety and Health Award

This award recognizes PG&E organizations for their outstanding contributions toward public and workplace safety and was given to the:

  • Gas Process Safety team for successfully deploying a world-class process safety management system to focus resources on the most significant hazards.
  • Humboldt Bay Power Plant team for working for more than 900 days without a single work-related incident requiring medical treatment beyond first aid while decommissioning the nuclear power plant.

Richard A. Clarke Environmental Leadership Award

This award honors PG&E individuals and teams who demonstrate stewardship of the environment and was awarded to:

  • Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Services Project Delivery and Facility Management for exceeding the five-year goals for energy, water and waste reduction and embedding environmentally-preferable practices into the real estate life cycle.
  • The Electric Transmission Vegetation Management Right-of-Way Stewardship Accreditation team, which came together to seek industry-leading, nationally-recognized validation of PG&E’s right-of-way stewardship activities.
  • The Helm Substation Burrowing Owl Conservation team, which devised a strategy to complete capital improvements while minimizing disturbance of the protected burrowing owls that make a home along the fence surrounding the substation.

Margaret Mooney Award for Innovation

This award acknowledges individuals or teams who demonstrate innovation and was awarded to the:

  • Data Visualization—Google Earth SAP team, which created a new technology which provides work crews with a dramatically-enhanced data visualization of work in progress.
  • Generator Power Package team for creating the first-of-its-kind “primary voltage generation package” to provide power during planned outages and emergency work.
  • Helms Rotor Replacement Project team for taking on the task of repairing, then replacing, million-pound rotors when purchasing factory replacements was not an option.

John A. Britton Award

This award, which recognizes individuals who, through quick action, courage and selflessness, saved the life of a colleague or community member, was awarded to:

  • Matt Bateman, Donnie Davis, Sal Escamilla, Dan Gorman, Jim McDonald and Brandon McLean, who leapt into action to extinguish a fire in an apartment building, call the fire department and alert residents, preventing serious injury and greater property damage.
  • Richard Bush, Jr., who saved the life of an unconscious man by performing CPR with his brother until emergency responders arrived.
  • Alex Farrington, who saved the life of a motorcycle accident victim by providing first aid until emergency responders arrived.
  • Kurt Kidwell, who saved the life of a choking baby by performing a finger sweep of her mouth and applying pressure to her back to clear her airway.
  • Laird Oelrichs, who saved the life of a heart attack victim at the finish line of a half-marathon by performing CPR until emergency responders arrived.
  • Ben Sanderson, who prevented injuries by using his PG&E vehicle to block the scene of a crash between a large truck and a PG&E power pole until emergency responders arrived.

Frederick W. Mielke, Jr. Award for Outstanding Community Service

This award distinguishes PG&E employees who demonstrate outstanding community service and was awarded to:

  • Jeff Gomes, who has volunteered with the Orland Fire Department for 24 years, making all emergency calls and training all new volunteer firefighters.
  • Cynthia Haynes, who has chaired the Auburn Veterans Day Parade for nine years and encouraged students to get involved.
  • Mark Rasmussen, who has directed a team of PG&E volunteers for the past 26 years to decorate a tree at the Hospice of San Joaquin in Stockton with LED light cable and garland during the holidays.

Presidents’ Diversity Champion Award

This award recognizes employees who have worked to help promote a diverse and inclusive culture and was awarded to:

  • Julia Huang, an inaugural board member of PG&E’s Veterans ERG, who has established partnerships between veterans and the PowerPathway program, created a recruiting position that works exclusively with veterans and formalized the Buddy Program to mentor veterans.
  • Jeannette Lindemann, a field ambassador of the Women’s Network, who has created mentoring and networking opportunities in the Walnut Creek and Concord areas and spearheaded a new chapter in San Ramon.
  • Dela Weeks, who serves as president of PG&E’s Black ERG and is renowned for coordinating large-scale volunteer efforts and working with younger leaders to develop leadership and communication skills.





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