By Gary Thomas
San Diego Gas & Electric, a regulated public utility, will award $1 million in grants as part of the 2012 Environmental Champions Initiative to local environmental non-profit organizations located in south Orange County and San Diego County.
Non-profit environmental organizations are welcomed to submit their proposals for programs that educate and engage young people in the area to become an environmental steward in the fields of water efficiency, energy efficiency, environmental conservation and ecosystem awareness.
Individual winning projects can earn up to $25,000, while collaborative winning projects partnering with other environmental non-profit organizations can receive up to $50,000. Community engagement and environmental education programs managed in the territory of San Diego Gas & Electric are only eligible for this initiative.
The last date of submitting applications for the organizations is July 27, 2012. Environmental programs that focus on areas, including waste/recycling, energy efficiency, habitat preservation and restoration, and natural resource conservation and protection, will be given preference. Winners are expected to be announced in September 2012.
San Diego Gas & Electric’s Director of Community Relations, Pedro Villegas stated that the San Diego region houses several non-profit organizations that provide programs to engage young people and communities in local environment. The company is a proud partner of most of these non-profit organizations as it is committed towards environment and the environmental leadership. With the help of its partner non-profit organizations, the company provides environmental education and engagement programs to underserved communities.