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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY BESTOWS NATIONAL HONORS ON SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GAS CO. FOR 'GREEN LIGHTS' PROGRAM

 LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Carol Browner, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will recognize Southern California Gas Co. as one of the top five corporate "partners" nationwide in the implementation of the agency's Green Lights Program during formal ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 19.
 The Green Lights Program, a voluntary, nationwide campaign to reduce air pollution and offset the need to construct more power plants by installing energy efficient lighting, now has more than 1,200 participants across the United States.
 "The Gas Company is very pleased to receive the EPA's Certificate of Distinction for our aggressive implementation of the Green Lights Program -- and to be the only company headquartered in Southern California to achieve this honor," said Dr. Todd Sostek, the utility's Green Lights project manager.
 "All Southern California residents, our customers and our employees have benefited by our aggressive participation in the Green Lights Program," noted Sostek. "First, by installing more energy efficient lighting in about 85 percent of our office space, we have reduced our energy costs by more than $400,000 each year; that's in addition to more than $150,000 in energy rebates we have received from electric utilities for reducing our electric consumption by nearly 5 million kilowatt hours per year.
 "While reducing our costs helps us hold down gas rates -- and residential gas rates just declined again on Jan. 1 -- we also vastly improved working conditions for many of our employees," he added.
 "The biggest benefit, and the one that accrues to all people living in Southern California, however, is a reduction in air pollution emissions, especially the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide," Sostek said. "The Gas Company's implementation of the Green Lights Program means that we have eliminated 2,500 tons of air pollutants per year from Southern California's air. That's equivalent to removing 700 cars from the freeways, or planting 450 acres of trees or sending back 9,000 barrels of foreign oil," he said.
 "The fact that The Gas Company implemented the Green Lights Program so quickly (in less than a year, compared to the five-year period typically suggested by the EPA) means that Southern California residents will enjoy the benefits of cleaner air that much sooner," Sostek noted.
 The Gas Company was one of four Green Lights participants nationwide to receive the EPA's Certificate of Distinction. The others were: Columbia University, Johnson & Johnson, and the Science Museum of Minnesota.
 The EPA gave its top award, "Partner of the Year," to Mobil Corp.
 (A little more than half of all 1,238 Green Lights participants, or about 640, are classified as "partners." Partners include corporations, local and state governments, health care facilities, educational institutions and environmental organizations that are implementing sweeping measures to reduce electric consumption. Almost 500 participants, classified by the EPA as "allies," are lighting manufacturers and distributors and electric utilities. Another 134 participants are "endorsers." These include trade and professional associations.)
 The EPA recognized three Allies for their efforts: Arizona Public Service Co., Cooper Lighting and Primo Lighting Management.
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 /CONTACT: Michelle Bagley of Southern California Gas Co., 213-244-3030/


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