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BBB is Calling all Businesses who Champion Environmental Stewardship in Southern California

Public Nominations and Business Applications are Open for 2018 BBB & SDG&E Environmental Stewardship Program

San Diego County CA— The Better Business Bureau Foundation (BBBF) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) are partnering to honor businesses from San Diego, Imperial and Orange counties that are leading the way to a better environment.

Businesses that go above and beyond to implement environmentally-friendly products, services and operations will compete for environmental stewardship awards.

Nominations and award applications will be accepted through Friday, October 15, 2018. A panel of environmental experts will review the applications and nominations to select the finalists. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Friday, December 7 at Park Hyatt Aventine.

“We are looking for companies that not only display green initiatives with consumers and employees, but also ‘light the way’ and promote environmental stewardship in their industry,” said Matthew Fehling BBB Pacific Southwest Chief Executive Officer. “The public’s voice plays an important part in identifying potential companies for this award, as they are the ones experiencing first-hand the true impact of what an environmentally conscious approach to business can offer. We are proud to honor businesses that have made a commitment to improving our environment’’.

“We are happy to once again partner with the Better Business Bureau to recognize businesses that incorporate environmental stewardship into their core practices”, said Estela de Llanos SDG&E’s vice president of operations support, sustainability and chief environmental officer. “The businesses selected will have demonstrated exceptional green initiatives that are leading to a better environment.”

To nominate a company  visit environsp.bbbcommunity.org/. For more information on the BBB 2018 Torch Awards for Ethics, please contact BBB’s Foundation at 858-427-1136.

About Better Business Bureau Serving Pacific Southwest

For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau (BBB PSW) has been helping people find businesses and charities they can trust. In 2017, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times by checking more than 5.2 million Business Profiles and on 11,000 charities on Charity Reports – all available to the public for free at bbb.org. Incorporated locally in 1938, BBB Serving Pacific Southwest merged on April 1st 2018 and now covers key campuses in Phoenix, San Diego, Orange County, Prescott, Yuma and Lake Havasu City. BBB PSW is supported by over 19,000 BBB Accredited Businesses, making it the largest BBB nationwide. Businesses that earn BBB Accreditation contractually agree and adhere to high standards of ethical business practices in the marketplace. BBB provides objective expertise and educational programs on topics affecting marketplace trust.

About SDG&E’s Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

SDG&E is an innovative San Diego-based energy company that provides clean, safe, and reliable energy to better the lives of the people it serves in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The company is committed to creating a sustainable future by providing around 45 percent of its electricity from renewable sources; modernizing natural gas pipelines; accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; supporting numerous non-profit partners; and investing in innovative technologies to ensure the reliable operation of the region’s infrastructure for generations to come.

More specifically, SDG&E’s environmental stewardship is demonstrated through its Environmental Champions initiative. The initiative supports non-profit organizations whose programs promote environmental education, community engagement, and stewardship in underserved communities in San Diego and southern Orange County.