SoCal Gas Co. Funds a Pilot Project at the Palm Desert Center

Teachers will receive classroom materials, as well as hands-on experience in the science of the environment.

Jeff Kraus Director Government Relations UCR; Cameron Barrows; Lea Petersen, Public Affairs Manager Southern California Gas Company; UCR Interim Chancellor Jane Close Conoley.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Southern California Gas Co gave a $10,000 environmental grant to support a two-day institute organized by UC Riverside’s Cameron Barrows, an associate resource ecologist based at the Palm Desert Center. His program offers K-12 educators resources and training in soil, water, air, energy, wildlife, and land management.

“SoCalGas Environmental grants support programs that offer training, tools, and resources to help educators teach curriculum in the classroom, especially in those areas focused on our local, underserved communities,” said Lea Petersen, public affairs manager at Southern California Gas Co.

This is one of 28 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) grants funded in the 12 counties served by the gas company, which represents 20 million customers in more than 500 communities. Southern California Gas Co is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, delivering clean burning natural gas to customers for more than 140 years and to the City of Riverside for over 100 years.

“Inspiring educators and students to embrace science and math as tools to ask and answer questions about our world is one of our most important tasks,” said Barrows. “However here in the United States we are falling woefully behind other countries on this endeavor. The funding from the Southern California Gas Company is providing us with a means to reach hundreds of students by offering opportunities for their teachers to participate with scientists in learning current environmental  issues they are facing.”

Barrows said the two-day institute will offer release time from school and classroom resources for teachers from the Coachella Valley and from school districts in the western part of the Inland Empire. There are still a few spaces left. Interested teachers can contact Kathleen Fleming.

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Additional Contacts

Cameron Barrow
Tel: (760) 834-0934
E-mail: cameron.barrows@ucr.edu

Lea Petersen, public affairs, SoCalGas
Tel: (909) 335-7631
E-mail: lpetersen@semprautilities.com

Kathleen Fleming, STEM program for teachers
E-mail: kathleen.fleming@ucr.edu

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