Earth Day Was a Work Day

Written by Estero Bay News

May 4, 2022

With an aim of saving the planet, Pacific Gas & Electric led a group of volunteers to celebrate Earth Day by getting a little dirt under their fingernails.

On Saturday, April 23, about 50 volunteers, including PG&E employees, their families and community volunteers, gathered at Montaña de Oro State Park in Los Osos, for a work day on the park’s Bluff Trail and at the native plant garden, too. 

The annual event, done in conjunction with the California State Parks Foundation, returned after a 2-year hiatus due to the Coronavirus Pandemic response, and 10 State Parks employees joined in the effort.

Pat Mullen, PG&E’s Director of Local Customer Experience, said, “We at PG&E are so happy to be back here at Montaña de Oro State Park, with our employee volunteers and their families, together with many others from our local community to do this needed maintenance and preservation work in support of the California State Parks Foundation.”

Mullen added, “At PG&E, we are committed to our hometowns and our Triple Bottom Line of ‘People, our Planet and California’s Prosperity.’ We understand the effects of climate change on our environment, and we’re thrilled to assist in this local repair and restoration effort, as a way of caring for our planet, for Earth Day and every day.”

The company said its efforts this year are focused on climate change, “and working to reverse such impacts at state parks. At Montaña de Oro State Park, the concern is about sea level rise, which shrinks coastal wildlife habitats and causes erosion of the beautiful, scenic bluffs.”

The local workday is one of a dozen different projects PG&E does on Earth Day with the State Parks Foundation. PG&E also contributed $140,000 to support the volunteer activities, the company said.

In the photos provided by PG&E, volunteers smile while digging out invasive species of plant life along the Bluff Trail. 

— Photos courtesy PG&E

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