Lesson learned: PSE&G teaches kids about natural gas safety

“EWWWW!” That was the collective reaction of more than 200 kids when they smelled the natural gas scratch and sniff cards when I visited some of our youngest customers recently. I made the trip to summer camps for kindergarteners in Lawrence Township and West Deptford, NJ as part of PSE&G’s Natural Gas Safety Program. During the program children used the cards to identify the smell of natural gas (think rotten eggs) to help them detect a leak. The children learned what to do if they suspect a leak:

  1. Tell an adult
  2. Leave the home (without touching any light switches or appliances on the way out)
  3. Move at least 350 feet away
  4. Call 911

The children really enjoyed the gas safety house game in which they used their new gas safety tips to point out unsafe situations in a home.  In addition, the children learned about utility markouts and the importance of calling 811 before digging. In fact, PSE&G may have recruited a future employee as one student got so excited he asked if he could work for us one day!

Since this program began in 2016, PSE&G representatives have visited 32 schools and spoken to nearly 5,000 kids. That’s a lot of gas safety!

It was a very rewarding day knowing that I helped arm these children with information about gas safety that they will, hopefully, remember and share with their friends and family.

To learn more about natural gas safety, visit https://nj.pseg.com/safetyandreliability/gassafety

The Power of One – Mark Lovretin

Volunteering isn’t something that really crossed my mind. So, as I celebrate my tenth anniversary of volunteering at two animal shelters, I am grateful that I discovered it and am thankful for the impact it has had on my life.

My volunteering journey started when I had to put down my 19-year-old cat. Seeking another cat, I visited a local animal shelter over and over, so much so that one of the volunteers there suggested I become a volunteer as well. I thought “why not?” and knowing PSEG supports local community organizations and employee volunteer efforts too, I decided to start immediately.

I thought my professional photography experience at PSEG could benefit these shelter animals with eye catching photos to help them find homes, so I gave my time to the shelter’s cats – socializing and photographing them.  Over time, I expanded my role to become an adoption counselor. My passion only grew from there, and I broke records finding homes for the cats.

My success with cats lead me to start to work with dogs. I began walking them for miles, honing my dog behavior skills. After I got comfortable walking the better behaved dogs, staff challenged me to walk the not so easy type dogs, to help them become more socialized. I accepted the challenge and dedicated countless hours on weekends, my time off and after work to give these animals a shot at a second chance.

Currently, I am the shelter’s lead photographer, adoption counselor, dog walker, cat socializer and more. We at PSEG have long focused on making life better for our customers and communities – employee volunteerism is a vital part of this public service. I take pride in being a part of a company that encourages me to pursue such rewarding work and recognizes my efforts to help these animals put their best paw forward in the search to finding their forever home.

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 At its core, service is about one person, one moment of need, one good deed at a time. PSEG’s Power of One is an initiative to celebrate employee citizenship and volunteerism, as well as that of individuals in the communities we serve. Hear the stories of these upstanding citizens in Energize and learn how they demonstrate the Power of One.

Local library “checks out” the benefits of energy efficiency

The Township of East Brunswick stretches across more than 22 miles of central New Jersey real estate and is home to a diverse population of 47,000 who have cultivated a municipality with an outstanding school system and a strong mix of housing, commercial and recreational options.

The East Brunswick Public Library helps to anchor this thriving community with more than 335,000 patrons passing through the doors annually. The library is one of the busiest municipal library buildings in the state of New Jersey. It has achieved national recognition for the quality of its collections, programs and services, as well as continually being named as one of the “Best Public Libraries in Central New Jersey” by readers of the Home News Tribune.
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Nurturing and teaching – the heart of our employees

It was a cold, spring day (in a spring with too many cold, spring days) when nearly 100 Newark students converged on PSEG’s corporate headquarters. They learned about teamwork and in-demand jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), heard from PSEG employees about their own career paths, and met and interacted with students from other Newark high schools. It was a great day for the students but also for more than two dozen PSEG volunteers who spent the day at the Jr. Achievement Career Success workshop.   Continue reading

Our Energy, Our Planet, Our Future

Sust2017_cover_1040x714PSEG is committed to sustainability.

At the forefront of that commitment are certain ideals: social awareness, care for the environment, and an enthusiastic pledge to support our customers and the communities where we do business.

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These values have guided our company for more than a century.

PSEG recently issued its 2017 Sustainability Report– our seventh – which provides an overview of these values, as well as an in-depth look at how the company’s investments in solar energy, energy efficiency and infrastructure projects are improving the reliability and resiliency of our electric and gas systems.

The report also outlines our efforts to reduce environmental impacts and be socially responsible while creating business opportunities and well-paying jobs.

The 2017 report is available at pseg.com/sustainability.

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Our experience demonstrates that it is possible to power the economy, provide good jobs for people and protect the environment – all at the same time.

PSEG’s dedication to social progress is evident in initiatives that occur both inside and outside our organization. Diversity and inclusion are essential to fostering an environment that can help us improve by becoming more closely aligned with the changing faces of our workforce, our customers and our communities. We also maintain a vital role in our communities, supporting educational and charitable programs through the contributions of the PSEG Foundation and our employee volunteers.

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PSEG’s mission, to deliver safe, reliable and economic energy to our 2.5 million electric and gas customers, provides a foundation for economic growth throughout New Jersey and beyond. In doing so, we provide good jobs and work hard to attract and retain quality employees. Together, these efforts help us to deliver a fair return for our investors and build on one of the longest records of paying annual dividends of any U.S. company.

We believe it is our responsibility to work toward a cleaner energy future. To this end, we have invested more than $1.5 billion in the development of solar energy; we have begun to modernize our underground natural gas system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; we are working to sustain the state’s nuclear fleet, which generates more than 90 percent of New Jersey’s non air-polluting electricity; and we are seeking to expand programs that deliver energy and cost savings to every customer through energy efficiency.

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We also have established an ambitious new climate goal: to reduce our carbon footprint by 13 million tons of C02-equivalent emissions by 2030, from 2005 levels.  The reduction is the equivalent of taking 2.8 million cars off the road.

Previously, PSEG established a goal of reducing its GHG emissions by 25 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. PSEG met that goal in 2011, 14 years ahead of schedule. The company’s new goal is a continuation of its success to further reduce emissions and provide more low-carbon energy.

For more than a century, Public Service has put sustainability – social awareness, economic growth and environmental protection – at the top of our company’s agenda.

By setting high standards, we have established PSEG as a national model in renewable energy, in reliability and resiliency – leadership that positions us to help our business partners meet their own sustainability goals, as well. We know there is still more to do, in order to assure a sustainable future for our state, our environment and our organization.

Sust2017_21_1040x518Making New Jersey and the surrounding communities we serve better places to work and live is central to our mission. We approach that challenge with the help of a skilled, dedicated workforce, with a proud Public Service tradition and with a vision based on safe, reliable, economic and greener energy. Our commitment to sustainability has guided our past, brought us to where we are today and will lead us to tomorrow.

Working together to empower today’s youth

I work in a small high school in Gloucester County, New Jersey, with about 100 students in each grade. As a student assistance counselor, I typically help students with mental health issues or drug and alcohol abuse, but I also counsel students who are struggling with sexual orientation. I try my best to connect them with community resources so they have support after graduation. Since my formal training in this area is limited, I’ve been looking for different ways to increase my ability to help these students.

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113 Years of Public Service and Counting

Sandy Hook Bay, photo credit: American Littoral Society

Sandy Hook Bay, photo credit: American Littoral Society

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” — Winston S. Churchill

Hundreds of companies around the world, including PSEG, will celebrate #GivingTuesday on Nov. 29

The word giving has many different meanings for each of us. Some choose to give their time and energy by volunteering; some choose to support others through monetary donations. Both are equally important when helping others.   Continue reading