Environment


March 7, 2013

Cleaning Up the Garbage Patch

The pollutions of our oceans is astonishing, including the vast and growing accumulation of deadly plastic waste in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog. A recent study by scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography found a hundredfold increase in the concentration of tiny plastic fragments in the seas off California over the past four decades.

March 1, 2013

PG&E Educates Ag Customers On Wildlife Protection and Energy Savings

PG&E partnered with Central Coast Vineyard Team to host Wildlife and Energy Workshops in Santa Maria and Paso Robles.

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February 20, 2013

PG&E Urges Dimming Skyscraper Lights to Protect Migratory Birds

For the next three months, PG&E is encouraging owners and facility managers of downtown San Francisco and Oakland high rises to turn off exterior lights at night to save the lives of migratory birds that can collide with tall buildings during spring months.

February 12, 2013

Can Regulation Make This California Industry More Sustainable?

Unregulated marijuana farms are responsible for much environmental damage, some charge. As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, more regulation and more sustainable growing practices would improve things.

February 7, 2013

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Awards Contract for Fish Restoration Project on Battle Creek

The Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $3.6 million construction contract for the Battle Creek Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Project to Contractor Services Group, Inc. of West Sacramento. The project is an effort to increase the population of the threatened and endangered fish while maintaining renewable energy produced at the site by PG&E.

January 18, 2013

Community Volunteers, PG&E Help Restore Habitat along Mokelumne River

PG&E, along with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Lodi High School students with the Center for Land-Based Learning helped restore nearly an acre of sensitive habitat along the Mokelumne River on Jan. 17.

December 13, 2012

The Highs and Lows of a Phenomenon Called ‘King Tides’

These past few days have seen the phenomenon of “king tides” along the California coast. “King tides” refers to tides that are the highest and lowest of the year that are usually separated by less than 12 hours.

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December 10, 2012

Community Volunteers Help Restore Creek; PG&E Supports Nature Restoration Trust

On Dec. 8, PG&E, along with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and community volunteers with the Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed worked to restore three acres of shoreline along Marsh Creek in Contra Costa County in one of the fastest urbanizing watersheds in California.

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November 28, 2012

PG&E Environmental Projects Applauded by Wildlife Habitat Council

Several PG&E environmental projects were highlighted at the Wildlife Habitat Council’s annual award ceremony held in Baltimore recently. That included archeological field work with a Cal Poly professor and his students on PG&E land near Diablo Canyon Power Plant.

October 30, 2012

Let Your Smart Phone Do the Greening

Smart phones can help you lead a greener life if you load them with the right applications. A good place to start is the Sierra Club’s recent list of Top 10 Smartphone Apps for an Eco-Friendly Home and Lifestyle. Most of the apps are free and the rest cost as little as 99 cents, a small enough investment in a more sustainable world.

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October 25, 2012

From Endangered Butterflies to Battery-Powered Bucket Trucks: PG&E Honors Its Environmental Innovators

PG&E’s highlighted its commitment to the environment and sustainability by honoring employees with one of the utility’s most prestigious awards. The employees were responsible for three important projects,including developing battery-powered bucket trucks and protecting endangered butterflies and the California condor.

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October 16, 2012

Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Visits PG&E’s Battle Creek Restoration Project

Michael L. Connor, Commissioner of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, today (Oct. 16) toured the Battle Creek Habitat Restoration project that is in the process of restoring 48 miles of streams and tributaries for salmon and steelhead habitat.

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October 10, 2012

Hinkley-area Youth Develop Career Skills in PG&E Jobs Program

Albert Gutierrez is one of eight young adults – ages 18-to 24-years old – participating in the Hinkley Career Training Program. The program is funded with a $38,000 grant from PG&E to the Career Institute, an organization that specializes on career-building services for young adults.

October 8, 2012

PG&E Harvesting Trees Damaged by Chips Fire

PG&E has started to remove fire-damaged trees to improve the forest health on its property in the areas burned by the Chips Fire in August in Plumas County.

October 5, 2012

State Official Visits PG&E Project Site to View New Technology in Action

As PG&E works to cleanup a facility in Sacramento that was used decades ago to make gas for heating and lighting, the utility has incorporated a technology that’s being used for the first time at a project like this in California. Last month, the director of the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), which regulates such projects, toured PG&E’s job site to see the new technology.

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