San Diego Gas & Electric has launched a new Environmental Champions initiative, in which it’s donating $1 million to fund local environmental nonprofit organizations in San Diego and southern Orange counties.

The company said it is seeking proposals from local nonprofits to engage and educate young people who are willing to work as stewards to educate their communities about natural resource conservation and protection, habitat preservation and restoration, and waste and recycling.

Grant awardees will receive up to $25,000 for individual projects and up to $50,000 for collaborative projects with partner environmental nonprofits. Applications will be accepted until May 31.

“At SDG&E, we have a long-standing commitment to helping local nonprofit organizations that engage kids through programs that promote environmental stewardship in the San Diego region,” Pam Fair, chief environmental officer and vice president of environmental and operations support for SDG&E, said in a statement. “We are looking forward to again supporting these organizations that seek to enhance our local environment.”

— SDBJ Staff Report