Submitted by Puget Sound Energy
Puget Sound Energy is committed to working with organizations that are taking steps to address their own sustainability goals while doing amazing work in their communities through its “Powerful Partnerships” program. This year, PSE will distribute $127,000 across 11 nonprofit organizations over its 6,000 square mile service area.
The “Powerful Partnerships” program is now its sixth year and in total has worked with 70 organizations including donating a total of $705,000 to date.
PSE will partner with these organizations to educate their clients, employees and donors on ways to save energy and money on their bills, decrease their carbon emissions as well as safety and emergency preparedness.
“The goal of this grant is to develop strong community partnerships by helping organizations achieve their sustainability goals both internally and within their communities,” said PSE Senior Vice President & Chief Customer Officer Andy Wappler. “Our commitment to the environment is stronger than ever, so the partnerships we focus on this year speaks to our commitment to help both the environment and communities to secure a better energy future for all.”
One of PSE’s partners this year is Kulshan Community Land Trust, an organization that helps families go from the uncertainty of renting to flourishing in the stability of their own home.
“Puget Sound Energy has already been a great partner to Kulshan Community Land Trust and I’m so grateful for our 2022 Powerful Partnership,” said Dean Fearing, Executive Director at Kulshan Community Land Trust. “I also appreciate PSE’s commitment to clean energy. The Powerful Partnership grant will enable us to better serve our community, providing opportunities for families and individuals with low to middle incomes to own an affordable home.”
Kitsap Community Resources (KCR), is another PSE Powerful Partner this year, and it is committed to creating hope and opportunity for low-income Kitsap County residents by providing resources that promote self-sufficiency and stability.
“Kitsap Community Resources is incredibly excited to partner with PSE to continue to improve sustainability and help Kitsap County residents who need it most,” said Michelle Graff, Employment and Training Division Director at KCR. “PSE, through their outreach team, truly models the name of the Powerful Partnerships program; collaborating for new ideas, leveraging additional resources, and sharing the same values to create thriving communities.”
PSE is committed to working together to create a clean energy future for all while setting an aspirational goal to be a Beyond Net Zero Carbon company by 2045. PSE will target reducing its own carbon emissions to net zero and go beyond by helping other sectors to enable carbon reduction across the state of Washington. Partnering with community organizations like these helps PSE engage more people in that mission.
The 2022 partners include the following: