Environmental Champions

SDG&E's  Environmental Champions initiative supports non-profit organizations whose programs promote environmental education, community engagement, and stewardship in underserved communities in San Diego and southern Orange County.

Learn more about the Environmental Champions request for proposal (RFP)

SDG&E is proud to showcase the work of some of our most recent Environmental Champions.

Surfrider Foundation’s SmartFin Project

SmartFin Project

Scripps Institution Oceanography (SIO) enables local surfers to be citizen scientists simply by surfing with a special sensor-laden surfboard fin. This Smartfin collects important ocean data, such as temperature and location, which can be used to inform climate resiliency plans. SDG&E supports SIO’s community outreach efforts to share technology and data with local schools, getting students and school surf teams involved in this citizen science endeavor.

Learn more about Smartfin.

Ocean Discovery Institute

Ocean Discovery Institute empowers young people from diverse backgrounds through science-based exploration of the ocean and the urban environment, preparing them to be tomorrow’s scientific and environmental leaders. SDG&E supports the Institute’s environmental education programs that inspire kids to dream big and pursue careers in ocean conservation, restoration ecology, and other similar fields, creating the next generation of conservation professionals.

Learn more about Ocean Discovery Institute.

Students in agriculture field looking at sample

Climate Science Alliance

The Climate Kids program of the Climate Science Alliance provides youth with climate change education through hands-on science activities, storytelling, and field trips. SDG&E has supported the Climate Science Alliance and more than 50 organizational partners to develop the capacity of environmental educators to interpret climate change to youth of all ages with Climate Kids modules. SDG&E is proud to support the Climate Science Alliance by providing the tools to expand climate literacy among San Diego’s youth.

Learn more about Climate Science Alliance.