Protecting the Environment for a Cleaner Future
Our commitment to protecting the environment dates back many decades, and it's deeply rooted in our corporate culture. We recognize that our operations have an impact on the environment, and so, to contribute to a cleaner world for future generations, we support programs that educate and engage the public in preserving a healthy and sustainable environment.
FACTS AT A GLANCE
Environment Grants (2014)
GIVING BACK (2014)
TOTAL GRANTS AWARDED
COMMUNITY IMPACT TOTAL (2014)
EMPLOYEE GIVING (2014)
EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERING (2014)
From energy conservation and renewable power to habitat preservation and wildlife protection, we’re deeply committed to protecting the environment.
PHILANTHROPY IN ACTION
Solar-Powered Design Challenge
In our ongoing support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, in 2014 we sponsored and donated $150,000 to Team Orange County — a venture between UC Irvine, Chapman University, Saddleback and Irvine Valley Colleges — as they prepare for the 2015 design competition. Collegiate teams will square off to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.
"The team sponsored by Edison is made up of the future workforce of California's technology and clean-energy industries."
— Alex McDonald, grad student in mechanical engineering, U.C. - Irvine
Restoring the Angeles National Forest After Devastating Fire
In 2009, fire devastated 161,000 acres of the Angeles National Forest in Southern California. In response, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation (NFF) developed a comprehensive strategy to guide the process of ecological recovery and infrastructure restoration. Our support of the NFF helped fund the restoration project for its first two years, and again in 2014, to help the NFF achieve its goal of restoring the landscape of the Angeles National Forest—which also will contribute toward replenishment of an estimated 2.4 million liters of water per year.
Our employee volunteers helped too, by clearing weeds there on National Public Lands Day aside local high school students.
Building Trails & Helping Young Military Veterans Transition to Civilian Life
The Conservation Lands Foundation is tasked with protecting, restoring and expanding the National Conservation Lands. And in a unique program, it also helps post-9/11 military veterans transition to civilian life through paid, hands-on experience in firefighting and conservation work on public lands. The Miltary Service to Green Service program also offers veterans a path forward, too: successful participation qualifies them to apply for an apprenticeship with the U.S. Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management.
Our support helped fund restoration of trails in the remote Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument, near Palm Desert, Calif.
Introducing Digital-Era Children to Nature & the Outdoors
Many of today's young people spend more time online than they do outdoors. Are they missing out on developing an important connection with nature? The U.S. Get to Know program thinks so, and seeks to inspire kids to get outdoors and "get to know" their wildlife neighbors. The program uses children's own favorite tools—like mobile apps and games—to teach them about nature, habitats, conservation, and the environment.
Our grant helped implement the Agents of Nature mobile game at two Southern California sites; the Angeles National Forest's Grassy Hollow Visitor Center and the San Juan Loop Trail in the Trabuco Ranger District. Now more children can become "secret agents of nature," and "solve" outdoor environmental mysteries.
High-Quality Parks for Underserved Urban Areas in Los Angeles
Local parks offer people direct contact with nature, the environment, and one another. These spaces help boost air quality while also encouraging human interaction through leisurely physical activity.
The Trust for Public Lands is on a mission to create parks and protect land across Los Angeles, boosting the area's livability and contributing to healthy communities for the future. Our support dates back to 2012, including a recent grant to support development of parks in the cities of Maywood, Lawndale, and Hawthorne in 2015 and 2016 under the Parks for People | Los Angeles program.