January 30, 2019

SDG&E Environmental Champions Featured in Local News

Hundreds of local students are developing a love of nature and a sense of curiosity about how climate change affects our environment, with the support of San Diego Gas and Electric’s (SDG&E) Environmental Champions initiative program.

The program issues grants, varying from $2,500 to $25,000, to nonprofit organizations focused on environmental topics. One of the grant recipients is the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy.

The San Diego River Valley Conservancy has been a focal point of SDG&E’s Environmental Champions initiative since 2010, and recently, the San Diego Union-Tribune published an article highlighting the conservancy’s work with students.

Over the past year, students from High Tech Middle North County participated in a series of hikes to explore micro climates along the Coast to Crest Trail. The Climate Science Alliance, a partner of the conservancy, provided regionally specific climate data to help students understand the challenges and opportunities associated with a changing climate.

Students were encouraged to observe nature and record sightings in their field guides along the trail. After completing the hikes, students made presentations to their classmates and developed an online campaign to educate other San Diegans about the threats of climate change on a regional scale.

SDG&E employees were able to join the students for their final hike, from Birdwing Open Air Classroom along San Dieguito Lagoon to North Beach in Del Mar.

Learn more about SDG&E's Environmental Champions initiative or see more information about the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy.