SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced the addition of environmental scientist Dr. Jonathan Foley to its external Sustainability Advisory Council, a 10-member group of experts that advises the company on its climate change, clean energy, economic development and community vitality initiatives.
Foley currently serves as the Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences, located in San Francisco and one of the world’s foremost environmental research and educational institutions. In his role at the Academy, Foley, a world-renowned scientist and educator, focuses on advancing the sustainability of the world’s ecosystems and natural resources.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Foley join our Sustainability Advisory Council. He will bring his indispensable voice and deep scientific expertise to bear as we chart the most sustainable course for PG&E in helping to lead the transition to a low-carbon energy economy,” said Geisha Williams, President, Electric, PG&E, who sits on the Board of Trustees at the California Academy of Sciences.
“Finding solutions to some of world’s most pressing environmental and energy challenges is a collaborative effort—one that PG&E has embraced by establishing this Council. It is encouraging to see an energy provider with a history of environmental and community leadership in its industry and our state take the next step in its sustainability efforts. I am excited to join the other Council members to inform PG&E’s journey for a more sustainable future, for everyone,” said Foley.
Formed in October 2015, the Sustainability Advisory Council is a diverse group of experienced leaders representing environmental and sustainability groups, community organizations, academia and policymakers. The Council works directly with PG&E Chief Sustainability Officer Melissa Lavinson and other senior leaders to provide feedback and guidance for the company’s efforts to provide safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to Northern and Central California today and into the future.
“We look forward to continuing our productive engagement with the Council. In Dr. Foley, we’ve added a renowned leader with impeccable credentials. We are thankful for his participation, especially as we look to further integrate climate science into our sustainability work and build greater resilience against the potential impacts of extreme weather and climate change,” said Lavinson.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and pge.com/news.