Helping schools teach about energy

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Providing education about energy and the environment

PG&E believes that breakthroughs in environmental preservation come from California’s ambitious and forward-thinking students. We inspire bright ideas and create exciting ways for the next generation to learn and succeed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Our Bright Ideas grants help fund classroom projects about energy and the environment.

 

Understanding the program

The PG&E Bright Ideas grant program provides funding to schools in our service area. The funding helps them develop projects and courses that teach students about renewable energy, conservation and the environment. Past projects included:

 

  • Installing solar panels
  • Designing and using energy-saving ideas in classrooms
  • Hosting solar car derbies
  • Creating solar-powered inventions

Helping schools become environmental leaders of the future

Since 2005, PG&E awarded more than $2.5 million in Bright Ideas grants. In the 2014-2015 school year, 39 schools across California received grants for a total of $250,000.

Since 2005, PG&E awarded more than $2.5 million in Bright Ideas grants. In the 2014-2015 school year, 39 schools across California received grants for a total of $250,000.

School NameGrant Amount
Aptos

Aptos Junior High School

$1,000

Aptos

Mar Vista Elementary School

$2,500

Arroyo Grande

Arroyo Grande High School

$1,000

Bakersfield

Frank West Elementary School

$10,000

Benicia

Benicia High School

$1,000

Clovis

Buchanan High School

$5,000

Clovis

Clovis High School

$5,000

Davis

Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School

$10,000

Eureka

Zane Middle School

$10,000

Fairfax

White Hill Middle School

$10,000

Fortuna

Redwood Preparatory Charter School

$5,000

Fremont

American High School

$5,000

Fresno

Fancher Creek Elementary School

$5,000

Lamont

Alicante Avenue Elementary School

$10,000

Laytonville

Laytonville Unified School District

$5,000

Madera

Madera High School

$10,000

Manteca

George McParland School

$5,000

Morro Bay

Morro Bay High School

$10,000

Mountain View

Crittenden and Graham Middle Schools

$10,000

Oakland

East Bay Innovation Academy

$10,000

School NameGrant Amount
Oakland

Epic Middle School

$10,000

Oakland

Life Academy of Health and Biscience

$10,000

Oceano

Oceano Elementary School

$2,500

Orangevale

Louis Pasteur Middle School

$1,000

Paso Robles

Paso Robles High School

$5,500

Penngrove

Penngrove Elementary School

$10,000

Piedmont

Piedmont High School

$10,000

Pleasant Hill

Gregory Gardens Elementary School

$1,000

Richmond

Valley View

$1,000

Sacramento

Leonardo da Vinci eK-8 School

$12,500

San Francisco

El Dorado Elementary School

$5,000

San Francisco

San Francisco Community School

$5,000

San Jose

Holly Oak Elementary School

$5,000

San Jose

Katherine Smith Elementary School

$1,000

San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo County Office of Education

$10,000

Santa Rosa

Mattie Washburn Elementary School

$5,000

Saratoga

Walden West

$10,000

West Sacramento

River City High School

$10,000

Woodland

Plainfield Elementary School

$5,000

Explaining the power of bright ideas

"The PG&E Bright Ideas grants program has provided my students with equipment to enable them to learn in a fun and exciting way. Bright Ideas has helped stretch a rather lean classroom budget, to provide activities to meet state math and science standards while also improving my teaching methods."

- Mary Funk

Burrel Elementary School

 

View Bright Ideas programs across California

Following are Bright Ideas program grants and results in California.