Giving Back: Our Support for Community Non-Profits
Employees at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station are dedicated to performing at the highest professional level, and to supporting the communities in which they work and live. Here you will find the latest updates on our work in the community.
In a series of education fairs in the San Onofre area, we're helping to keep the community informed about what is happening at San Onofre. Plant employees are helping to answer your questions, including: what is decommissioning, used nuclear fuel storage, radiation protection, emergency planning and how we are replacing the lost power. The first was Sept. 29 at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center in San Juan Capistrano, and our second one was Nov. 6 at the Oceanside Civic Center Library, and we recently held one at San Clemente Presbyterian Church on Feb. 5, 2015. More education fairs will be held in the surrounding communities throughout 2015.
The Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, Calif., was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from Edison International to help fund the Center's "Ocean Pollution Awareness Initiative" to increase community knowledge and consciousness of the many issues surrounding the health of our oceans. The grant will allow the Center to expand its educational outreach, and educate a targeted 50 percent of Capistrano Unified School District's 5th grade students in the 2014-2015 school year. Edison International is a long-time supporter for the Center, whose mission is to increase public awareness of the marine environment through education and research. Joining us for the presentation are Melissa Sciacca, Director of Development and Keith Matassa, Executive Director.
The Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA), located on the base, was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from Edison International to support their "Mommy and Me" preschool program.
This program allows parents to network with one another while being guided by ASYMCA preschool teachers who show them how to begin and sustain their young child's education. The program also puts an emphasis on kindergarten readiness, socialization and positive parent-child interactions.
ASYMCA is a civilian non-profit organization, whose mission is to enhance the lives of military personnel and their family members.
For more information on the Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA, please visit www.camppendletonasymca.org.
The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) was recently honored with the Sustainable Business Award for its green initiatives from the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) and the County of San Diego.
SONGS was recognized for its waste management initiative that is in place to convert seaweed waste to energy. During 2012, SONGS removed more than 261 tons of seaweed from the station's intake structure - which uses the ocean water to help cool the plant's components and systems. Once removed from the intake structure, the seaweed was dried and transported to Waste Management's El Sobrante Landfill and Recycling Center, where it was utilized within the center's gas-to-energy generators that transform decomposing garbage into methane gas into electricity and power.
The center's process significantly lowers air emission and is one of the largest and cleanest burning facilities of its kind globally. As the landfill fills, the amount of available methane will grow, increasing the potential for more green power.
Although just a very small fraction of the required amount to run one generator; this process helps SONGS close the loop for its seaweed waste stream – taking what would otherwise be wasted and utilizing the maximum renewable resources possible for sustainable business practices.
Chemistry and Environmental Principal Manager Andrew Martinez (pictured at right) receives award on behalf of SONGS from San Diego County Board of Supervisors' Greg Cox.
When the OC Human Relations' Esperanza youth group ran out of funding for their after school program last year, they were forced to close their doors to the community. That's when Southern California Edison's San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) stepped in with a grant to bring the program back.
SONGS worked with the San Clemente Collaborative to present the grant to the youth group program, created to provide tutoring and other services to some of San Clemente's "at risk" youth. Edison believes that education is critical to maintaining and growing a vibrant society. Its educational partnerships help nurture the imaginations of our youth and foster the academic success of the future workforce.
The grant proceeds will go toward tutors, sports scholarships for high-achieving students, club soccer and memberships to Fitness 19.
Recently, Southern California Edison's San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) was recognized for its support of the San Clemente KindnesSCounts campaign and for contributing to the CUSD Lobo Elementary School's Bullying Prevention Pilot Program.
These two programs were created to bring more awareness to the issues of bullying and they focus on prevention and searching for new ways to ensure the safety and comfort of students.
"Without SONGS support, neither of these two programs would have been possible," noted Trudy Podobas, Capistrano Council of PTSAs, San Clemente Family Mentor.
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San Onofre employees organize fundraising drives and beach cleanups, plant trees, and team up with local teachers to bring science to life for kids after school. We also provide computers, lab materials and office supplies for the local school districts. Knowing we can make a difference continues to inspire the employees at San Onofre to help make the community a better place to live.
San Onofre employees volunteer thousands of hours of their own time to community service every year. In addition, employees have contributed in excess of $300,000 each year to charitable organizations through direct deductions from their paychecks.