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Alameda County: PG&E, Fremont Schoolchildren Plant Trees

FREMONT — Students at J. Haley Durham Elementary School in Fremont learned the importance of trees and caring for the environment at a recent tree planting event, hosted in partnership with PG&E.

The event took place last week with second- through sixth-grade students at the school. PG&E’s Jillian Keller, restoration coordinator, spoke with the students about the environmental benefits of planting trees and supporting wildlife habitat. PG&E employees also worked with the students to plant two new crepe myrtle trees to help beautify the campus.

PG&E's Jillian Keller and Christopher Marshall joined landscaper Martin Lopez and students at J. Haley Durham Elementary School for a recent tree planting event. (Photo by Jonathan Oliva,)

“PG&E appreciates any opportunity to partner with the local community,” said Keller. “We hope the students of Durham Elementary School will continue to show interest in land stewardship and the environment.”

During the tree planting event, students also learned about the importance of contacting 811 before digging to avoid gas and other utility lines underground, and about planning for a tree’s growth so that it does not interfere with overhead power lines.

This event was held as part of PG&E’s Community Pipeline Safety Initiative, which is focused on working with customers and communities to ensure items like trees, brush and other items are located at a safe distance from natural gas transmission pipelines.

To learn more about PG&E’s environmental stewardship efforts click here.

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