SoCalGas supports STEM education in underserved communities with $100,000 scholarship donation to African American Chamber of Greater Los Angeles

GLAAACC Honors Senior Vice President of SoCalGas jeffrey walker as Business Leader of the Year for his commitment to the community and creating pathways for student success

LOS ANGELES, May 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Southern California Gas Company. (SoCalGas) announced last night a $100,000 donation to the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC) Education Fund and STEM Scholarship Foundation. The announcement was made during the 28th anniversary of GLAAACCand Annual Economic Awards Dinner, where the Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative and Diversity Officer of SoCalGas, jeffrey walker, was honored as Business Leader of the Year. GLAAACC Education Fund & Foundation Scholarships are awarded to students from Crenshaw, Dorsey, JordanHamilton and Washington Prep High Schools who plan to pursue post-secondary education.

“SoCalGas is an exemplary corporate citizen and community champion. Through this scholarship donation, our students will have the financial support to pursue their business dreams and careers. jeffrey walker is an example and a role model because of his outstanding achievements at the nation’s largest natural gas company, SoCalGas,” said Gene Halepresident of GLAAACC, adding “He has helped lead as SoCalGas creates pathways for underserved small businesses that have traditionally not had access to opportunities.”

“I am pleased to congratulate SoCalGas Senior Vice President Jeff Walker on his achievement as Business Executive of the Year,” said Curren D. Price, Jr., Member of the City Council of Los Angeles, who was also honored at the event. “SoCalGas has demonstrated corporate leadership by investing in our communities and youth, which is exemplified by their generous donation to the GLAAACC Foundation.”

“At SoCalGas, we have supported STEM education through our corporate donations. This partnership with the GLAAACC Fund & Foundation will help reach more local students who want to pursue careers in STEM. SoCalGas has donated more than $2.9 million in scholarships to more than 2,270 students and last year we offered nearly $1.8 million in grants to educational organizations at the Center and Southern California,” mentioned jeffrey walkeradding “We are committed to increasing the participation and growth of African American suppliers, and last year we increased our spend with African American suppliers by 49%. This is due in part to efforts with organizations such as GLAAACC, which SoCalGas has been a member of for over two decades.”

SoCalGas’ partnership with the GLAAACC Fund & Foundation is part of the company’s ASPIRE 2045 Sustainable Development Goals, which includes a commitment to invest $50 million to drive positive change in diverse and underserved communities over the next five years.

Walker was selected as Business Leader of the Year for championing supplier diversity and leadership at SoGalGas. He sits on the board of several non-profit organizations, including Martin Luther King jr. Community Health Foundation, Chrysalis, the National Utilities Diversity Council (NUDC) and the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE).

In 2021, the company’s supplier diversity program spent a record $972.6 million with over 570 women, minorities, disabled veterans and LGBT businesses. It was the 29and consecutive year that SoCalGas has exceeded state regulator goals for supplier diversity programs.

About SoCalGas
Based in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest gas utility in the USA. SoCalGas provides affordable, reliable and increasingly renewable gas service to 21.8 million consumers across 24,000 square miles of central and southern California. Gas delivered through the Company’s pipelines will continue to play a key role in California’s clean energy transition, ensuring the reliability of the electric grid and supporting the deployment of wind and solar energy.

SoCalGas’ mission is to build the America’s cleanest, safest and most innovative energy company. In support of this mission, SoCalGas is committed to achieving the goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and energy delivery by 2045 and to replace 20% of its traditional natural gas supply to major customers with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste created by dairy farms, landfills and sewage treatment. plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while maintaining affordable bills for customers. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of sempra (NYSE: SRE), a San Diego-based energy services holding company.

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