PHI is committed to caring for our environment, and that commitment can be seen in many ways—from our fleet of electric vehicles to our employee participation in river and beach cleanups and our outreach to customers about ways they can conserve energy.
Earth Day is April 22 every year, but at PHI we celebrate all month. Here is a sample of activities that we were involved in for 2013.
Pepco volunteers also staffed a booth at the 2013 Broccoli City Festival, Washington, D.C.’s first urban Earth Day celebration. The festival took place at the Half Street Fairgrounds–an open-air entertainment destination in Southeast Washington−and included live performances, art displays and vendors who were able to showcase healthy and sustainable products.
Pepco volunteers took the opportunity to talk to and educate festival-goers about energy conservation and protecting the environment, while also saving money.
On June 8, 2013, 10 teams representing high schools from Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the District of Columbia competed in the first annual Electric Grand Prix. Pepco was proud to be the lead sponsor, and to distribute trophies to the top three teams. The Electric Grand Prix provides students an interactive experience to make science, mathematics and engineering relatable outside of the classroom. Through constructing and racing battery-powered vehicles within a group, it strengthens teamwork and collaboration skills.
Members of Pepco’s Green Team, including employees from Pepco Government Affairs and other employees and their families, joined dozens of other volunteers in April to help clean up along the Anacostia River at the River Terrace community. “Pepco has hundreds of employees who live near the Anacostia watershed and want to give back to their community,” said Thomas H. Graham, Vice President, People Strategy & Resources. This year’s effort turned up a variety of refuse that included plastics, glass, metal and paper products that are now no longer cluttering the waterway. Pepco served as a Silver Sponsor of this year’s event.
PHI volunteers helped pick up approximately 18,000 pounds of trash from beaches and rivers throughout Delaware and Maryland during the 27th annual Coastal Cleanup in September 2013.
Delmarva Power was the primary corporate sponsor for the 23nd consecutive year, providing commemorative T-shirts to the more than 2,000 volunteers.
Coastal Cleanup is part of International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by Ocean Conservancy, an organization that works to protect the world's oceans.
“Our Ride to the Tide event is just one small way we support the Special Olympics of Delaware,” said Gary Stockbridge, President, Delmarva Region. “We have a number of family members of the Delmarva Power Team that are involved with this great organization, and any time we can all come together in support of such important work is a blessing to each of us.”
This year, a total of 572 bikers–along with their 183 passengers−rode from Newark to Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Throughout the year, PHI employees visit schools and community groups to talk about energy conservation, electric and natural gas safety, vegetation management, and many other topics of environmental interest. Altogether, PHI employees contribute hundreds of hours to help customers learn how to use energy more wisely, conserve resources and save on their natural gas and electric bills.