December 19, 2001
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31 Projects in 16 States Receive Grants up to $5,000 Each

BETHESDA, Md. - More than 27,000 students across the country, ages 4 to 18, will soon participate in environmental education projects -- from raising salmon in the classroom to using data collection devices to learn more about energy. After a competitive and thorough external review process, grants totaling nearly $151,000 were provided by the PG&E Corporation Foundation and PG&E National Energy Group.

The annual environmental education grants program encourages and supports innovative projects that educate young people about the environment. This year, 31 programs in 16 states will receive grants of up to $5,000 each.

"Environmental stewardship means leading by example and making innovative investments in our future," said Robert D. Glynn, Jr., PG&E Corporation chairman, CEO and president. "We're proud that our environmental education grants program has grown from 19 projects in the Northeast three years ago to now helping thousands of youngsters across the country learn more about the environment."

PG&E Corporation Foundation and PG&E National Energy Group Invests In Innovative Programs To Educate Youth On The Environment

Administering the program on behalf of the PG&E Corporation Foundation and its parent, PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG), PG&E National Energy Group worked with a panel of independent judges who evaluated applications and selected recipients. About 270 grant applications were received from elementary, middle and high schools, non-profit organizations and community groups engaged in educational projects related to conservation and the environment.

Judges were Jim De Lorbe, director of development for the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center; Bill Harwood, CBS News space consultant and aerospace writer for The Washington Post; Mary Spruill, program director for the National Energy Education Development Project; and, Julia Washburn, director of grants and programs for the National Park Foundation. Criteria considered in the review process included environmental benefits, educational value, the scientific component, the interactive nature and the legacy for future learning.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., PG&E National Energy Group develops, builds, owns and operates electric generating and natural gas pipeline facilities and provides energy trading, marketing and risk-management services. The company is committed to providing safe, economical and reliable products and services in an environmentally responsible way. PG&E National Energy Group participates in many cooperative environmental projects aimed at land conservation, pollution prevention, sustainable development and public education.

A list of grant recipients is attached