$100,000 shareholder donation from SoCalGas provides visitors the chance to learn about natural gas safety and how energy conservation can address air pollution, combat climate change
Discovery Cube LA today announced that with the help of Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) it has enhanced its award-winning “Inspector Training Course” to show the role natural gas plays in keeping home energy affordable and safe. SoCalGas presented Discovery Cube with a $100,000 check this morning, which the organization will use for multiple initiatives to bring STEM education to life for visitors. Over the past 18 years, SoCalGas has donated more than $400,000 to both Discovery Cube campuses in Los Angeles and Orange County. Photos of the event are available here.
“We are thrilled to be a part of enhancing this award-winning interactive exhibit,” said Trisha Muse SoCalGas director of community relations. “It looks like a real home and gives kids the chance to learn about energy affordability, safety, and efficiency, as well as the role natural gas is playing to support a healthy economy and environment.”
“SoCalGas has been an amazing community partner, not only in helping us pursue our mission to educate kids on STEM topics, but in helping families conserve energy and help the environment,” said Wendy Greuel, vice-chair of Discovery Cube LA. “The over 200,000 students and families who visit the Cube annually will benefit from the lessons learned in this exhibit for decades to come, thus creating transformational change that will not only better our community, but the entire region.”
The Inspector Training Course exhibit is a technologically groundbreaking scavenger hunt that teaches kids and parents about energy conservation and sustainability in their own homes. Visitors are outfitted with tablets and go on immersive quests with the opportunity to learn about: gas safety, energy efficiency, energy conservation, and how gas, electricity and renewable energy work together. This exhibit lets families become more familiar with the role natural gas plays in their everyday lives, and the importance of using gas in a safe and environmentally friendly way.
Discovery Cube inspires and educates young minds through engaging science-based programs and exhibits to create a meaningful impact on the communities they serve. Their mission is brought to life through the cornerstones of their four core initiatives, including: STEM Proficiency, Early Learning, Healthy Living and Environmental Stewardship. SoCalGas has been a longtime supporter of the Discovery Cube and its work to encourage STEM learning and to create community initiatives to live in a more efficient and eco-friendly way.
For more information on the exhibit, visit la.discoverycube.org.
About Discovery Science Foundation:
The Discovery Science Foundation serves as the educational program-development and fundraising arm for hands-on science learning centers in Orange County, Los Angeles and Newport Beach, California. Established in 1989, the Discovery Cube, presented by Taco Bell, continues to inspire and educate millions of young minds through engaging science-based programs and exhibits. In 2012, the Cube was named one of the 10 “Most Trusted Brands” in Orange County and in 2013 was awarded the National Medal of service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services at The White House. In November 2014, a second nonprofit Discovery Cube offering an exhibit and program mix unique to Los Angeles, opened in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley. Most recently, Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest opened in Newport Beach as a base of operations for ocean-science education and programs. For more information visit discoverycube.org. Follow the Los Angeles and Orange County campus on social platforms (@DiscoveryCubeLA, @DiscoveryCubeOC).
About SoCalGas: Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest natural gas distribution utility in the United States, providing clean, safe, affordable and reliable natural gas service to 21.7 million customers in Central and Southern California. Its service territory spans 22,000 square miles from Fresno to the Mexican border, reaching more than 550 communities through 5.9 million meters and 101,000 miles of pipeline. More than 90 percent of Southern California single-family home residents use natural gas for home heat and hot water. In addition, natural gas plays a key role in providing electricity to Californians—about 60 percent of electric power generated in the state comes from gas-fired power plants.
SoCalGas has served communities in California for 150 years and is committed to being a leader in the region’s clean energy future. The company is working to accelerate the use of renewable natural gas, a carbon-neutral or carbon-negative fuel created by capturing and conditioning greenhouse gas emissions from farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook.
Melissa Bailey 213-453-6537