Environmental Protection & Preservation
PG&E Environmental Policy Expert Receives 2007 U.S. EPA Climate Protection Award
Pacific Gas and Electric
Company today announced that PG&E Environmental Policy Manager Robert
Parkhurst was selected by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to
receive its Climate Protection Award for 2007, which honors individuals,
companies, and associations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership,
personal dedication, and technical achievements in protecting the
The award recognizes Parkhurst's leadership in developing corporate
programs that help to fight climate change. "Mr. Parkhurst is recognized as
a passionate business leader who has achieved real results with the climate
protection programs he has spearheaded over the years," said Kathleen
Hogan, Director of EPA's Climate Protection Partnerships Division.
Parkhurst currently manages PG&E's new ClimateSmart program -- a
first-of-its-kind voluntary program that will allow customers the option to
neutralize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with their energy use,
thereby protecting California's environment and contributing to state and
local efforts aimed at fighting climate change. PG&E created the program as
part of its overall climate protection and environmental leadership
strategies, including the support of federal and state regulation of
greenhouse gases such as AB 32.
Prior to joining PG&E, Parkhurst also created the climate change
program at HP. As a result of his leadership, HP reduced its on-site
greenhouse gas emissions by 31 percent in 2006 and implemented more than
127 million kWh worth of energy efficiency projects at its locations around
Mr. Parkhurst was one of 17 organizations and individuals presented
with the 2007 Climate Protection Award on May 1 in Washington, D.C.
Established in 1998, the Climate Protection Award has been presented to 126
corporate, government, association and individual candidates in 16
countries. PG&E won the award as a corporation in 2003 for proactively
establishing a program to address the challenges associated with climate
change and reducing the utility's greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent
from 1990 levels.
has continued to gain recognition for its environmental
stewardship and has received more than 140 environmental honors in total.
Most recently, PG&E received the EPA Region 9 Award for its innovative
partnership with a trucking firm and a transportation company to bring
cleaner air to the Port of Oakland.
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