Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has kicked-off its 2019 Environmental Champions Grant initiative, announcing the company is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations focused on clean air, clean energy and renewable natural gas. Eligible organizations can apply for grants of up to $25,000 each between May 2 and June 5, 2019. Winners will be selected and notified of their selection in Sept. 2019.
Last year, SoCalGas awarded nearly $400,000 in grants to 32 nonprofits for projects related to clean air, energy, or water. Since its inception in 2015, the Environmental Champions Initiative, which is funded by Sempra Energy shareholders, has awarded more than 150 grants totaling over $2 million.
“SoCalGas is committed to being the cleanest natural gas utility in North America, and part of that commitment is helping advance the work of the environmental champions working to improve our local communities each day,” said Sharon Tomkins, vice president of strategy and engagement for SoCalGas. “Since our Environmental Champions initiative launched in 2015, SoCalGas has been proud to partner with more than 150 local leaders to develop projects that help improve our environment and tackle climate change.”
Supporting local environmental organizations is part of SoCalGas’ vision to the cleanest natural gas utility in North America, delivering affordable and increasingly renewable energy to its customers. As part of that vision, SoCalGas committed to replace 20% of its traditional natural gas supply with renewable natural gas by 2030.