Environment


September 17, 2013

How to Fix the Environment by Fixing Nitrogen

A recent report says nitrogen fertilizers and manure are agriculture’s main contributor to the “greenhouse effect.” A new technology could help farmers drastically reduce their use of nitrogen fertilizers by inserting nitrogen-fixing bacteria into the cells of all their crops.

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September 4, 2013

PG&E Reduces Fire Risk near Auburn with Grazing Goats

PG&E’s Department of Natural Resource Management is using hundreds of Spanish Boer Cross goats to reduce timber fuels on 100 acres near where the wildfire burned in 2009. As this Currents video story shows, the goats are putting some real teeth into this important fire-prevention activity.

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August 28, 2013

PG&E-Funded Environmental Programs Make a Difference in Teen’s Life

PG&E supports a wide array of programs that teach energy efficiency to students. Here’s a look at how several of those programs helped one teen to turn his life around by focusing on environmental causes.

July 19, 2013

Water Board Approval of Environmental Impact Report an ‘Important Step’

The Lahontan Water Board approved the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the cleanup of hexavalent chromium in Hinkley on July 17. PG&E said the action represents an important step in moving toward a final remedial approach for Hinkley.

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July 12, 2013

Upgraded PG&E Facility Earns LEED Platinum Rating

PG&E’s major remodeling of its San Francisco Service Center Garage at 2270 Folsom Street has earned the highest possible “green” rating – a first for the utility.

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July 3, 2013

Nature Rules the Roost as No Falcons Hatch This Year in PG&E Nest

Bird-lovers worldwide have enjoyed following the exploits of the peregrine falcons who nest atop PG&E’s building in downtown San Francisco. This year, none of the eggs hatched. In this story for Currents, Glenn Stewart of the UC Santa Crus Predatory Bird Group explains why and looks to the future.

June 26, 2013

PG&E Shares Parking Lot During Busy Tourist Season

PG&E has shared a parking lot at one of its job sites to help out this Napa County city during the busy summer tourist season. The 40-space parking lot on Mitchell Drive in downtown St. Helena is free and open to the public.

May 1, 2013

Commentary: PG&E Committed to Cleanup in Downtown Santa Rosa

A scientific approach to cleaning up the site of a former manufactured gas plant in Santa Rosa allows PG&E and its regulators time to do the job right, but it doesn’t eliminate the need to move forward with this important work — something PG&E is committed to completing, writes PG&E Vice President Janet Loduca in this commentary.

April 16, 2013

PG&E Named to “100 Best Corporate Citizens” List for Sixth Year in a Row

Corporate Responsibility magazine ranks PG&E 37th on list of 100 publicly-held companies for dedication to sustainability .

April 2, 2013

Back to the Future with CO2

Carbon dioxide — an unwelcome greenhouse gas pollutant — is starting to be used in a beneficial way, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog.

March 28, 2013

PG&E Making Progress on Cleanup of Century-Old Gas Plant

In Santa Rosa, PG&E continues to make progress on its cleanup of a manufactured gas plant, which was built in the 1870s and shut down in 1924. PG&E is working with its regulator and keeping its neighbors informed about the project.

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March 14, 2013

Students in Chowchilla See Fossils With Help From PG&E

With the help of a PG&E donation, nearly 500 local school children visited the Fossil Discovery Center where they learned about animals that lived in the area 700,000 years ago.

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March 13, 2013

Falcon Drama on the PG&E Building Nest

Falcon fans have made following the birds who nest on a ledge atop the PG&E headquarters in San Francisco a yearly ritual. This year, as reported by Glenn Stewart of UC Santa Cruz, there is additional drama.

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March 13, 2013

VIDEO: A Currents Interview with PG&E’s Sheryl Bilbrey on Science and the Hinkley Cleanup

In this Currents video interview, PG&E’s Sheryl Bilbrey talks about the company’s efforts to cleanup and support the Hinkley community as well as how the company works with scientific experts on chromium remediation.

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March 12, 2013

PG&E Helps Release Threatened Butterfly at San Jose’s Tulare Hill

On March 1, 60 Bay checkerspot butterflies were released and 100 black, orange-spotted caterpillars — that will one day become the butterflies — were carefully collected from Coyote Ridge and placed on Tulare Hill in San Jose PG&E and others have been working to save this threatened species.

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