Strengthening local communities remains at the heart of our energy behind Texas. In response to the historic Texas winter storm earlier this year, Sempra immediately responded with grants totaling $250,000 to be used for emergency food and water supplies. Grant recipients included the Houston Food Bank, the Southeast Texas Food Bank and Grace Hub Inc., for the Greater Port Arthur Food Bank.
After seeing the magnitude of the storm, the Sempra Foundation pledged $1 million more, bolstering Oncor’s $1 million in pledged donations for relief efforts. Grant recipients of the Sempra Foundation included the United Way of Greater Houston, Communities Foundation of Texas, The Dallas Foundation, Feeding Texas, North Texas Food Bank, Salvation Army of Beaumont and various chapters of the American Red Cross and helped people from Beaumont, Port Arthur and Houston to Austin, Dallas and a mix of other small cities.
Investing in the Future
Supporting sustainability efforts where we operate and where our employees live and work is also important to us. To that end, Sempra and Sempra LNG have donated $150,000 to Memorial Park Conservancy near our new Houston Center of Excellence. The contributions will support the Memorial Park Master Plan’s efforts of enhancing environmental infrastructure and stormwater management and establishing resilient ecologies to benefit the park in the future.
“At Sempra, we are committed to serving our communities not only through our energy infrastructure, but also by contributing to the sustainability of the regions where we operate,” said Lisa Alexander, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Sempra. “Memorial Park has been at the center of the lives of Houstonians for nearly a century and our hope is that these funds will help the community and visitors continue to enjoy this iconic area for many more years to come.”
Conservation of a Houston Gem
The Park is the city’s largest urban wilderness and recreation park and is located in the heart of Houston. It spans 1,500 acres and holds historical significance as a former WWI training base (Camp Logan), where 70,000 soldiers trained for battle from 1917 — 1919.
“At its core, our new relationship with Sempra is all about giving back to the community,” said Shellye Arnold, president and chief executive officer of Memorial Park Conservancy. “We’re grateful for Sempra’s gift because it will help the Conservancy care for the Park’s vital environmental infrastructure and keep resilient ecologies healthy for future generations.”
“As we settle into our new Houston Center of Excellence located near the west end of Memorial Park, we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to support the enhancement of this Houston gem,” said Brian Lloyd, regional vice president of external affairs and communications for Sempra LNG. “While we continue to grow our presence in Houston and the Gulf Coast, and further our mission of being North America’s premier energy infrastructure company, we look forward to developing a long-term relationship with Memorial Park Conservancy.”