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California State University and SoCalGas Collaborate
to Strengthen Energy Education through Service and Learning

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(November 27, 2012) – The California State University and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) are working together to involve CSU students in service-learning activities that address energy efficiency and energy education. A $50,000 grant from SoCalGas will fund 10 demonstration projects that will lead to course implementation and curriculum development at six CSU campuses.

"Thanks to SoCalGas, students across the state will have the opportunity to participate in energy-related coursework, which will increase their awareness of the field and position them for careers in energy efficiency and conservation," said Judy Botelho, CSU director of the Center for Community Engagement.

The 10 demonstration projects supported by the CSU/SoCalGas alliance will expand CSU’s efforts to actively engage students in service and learning related to energy, while also building a base of knowledge to grow the program.  Projects will take place at Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona and San Luis Obispo. Read more about each project.

“Investing in job-creating educational programs is the definition of sustainability,” said Gillian Wright, SoCalGas director of Customer Programs and Assistance. “The service-learning programs that are being developed will help our economy and improve energy efficiency now, and in the years to come.”

Service learning integrates meaningful community service with academic instruction and reflection, allowing students to apply their disciplinary knowledge for the common good and to strengthen communities.  During the 2011-12 academic year, 85,000 students from all 23 CSU campuses contributed more than one million hours to their communities through more than 2,600 service-learning courses.  For more information about CSU service learning and the CSU’s Center for Community Engagement, please visit www.calstate.edu/cce/.

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About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 427,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. The CSU awards over 95,000 degrees annually and since its creation in 1961 has conferred nearly 2.6 million. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. The mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. Connect with and learn more about the CSU at CSU Social Media. Show how the CSU matters to you and take action.

About Southern California Gas Co.
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has been delivering clean, safe and reliable natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years.  It is the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, providing service to 20.9 million consumers connected through nearly 5.8 million meters in more than 500 communities.  The company’s service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles throughout central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border.  SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).