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South Jersey Gas and SJI Celebrate Earth Day and National Safe Digging Month with Donations, Community Service and Education

FOLSOM, NJ, April 27, 2023 – In celebration of Earth Day and National Safe Digging Month, South Jersey Gas was proud to provide resources as well as volunteer and educational support to local efforts for safer and cleaner communities. Employees from South Jersey Gas and its parent company SJI attended various cleanup events, promoted energy efficiency at community gatherings and capped off the monthlong focus on sustainability and safety with a “Dig-in and Learn” event.

SJI in the Community Celebrating Earth Day

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On April 18, employees partnered with The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey to clean-up and beautify the Maurice River Bluffs Nature Preserve in Millville. Along with volunteer activities by company employees, South Jersey Gas also distributed $14,471 to the Conservancy as part of a more than $28,000 commitment to the organization in 2023 from SJI and its employees.

On the weekend of Earth Day, April 22, employees volunteered at Stockton University’s Community Day Cleanup in Atlantic City. In addition, the energy efficiency team at South Jersey Gas attended the Cape May Zoo’s Earth Day Celebration and the Atlantic County Utilities Authority’s Earth Day Festival.
 

“Dig-in and Learn” Event with Tree Giveaway

The “Dig-in and Learn” event on April 26 was a collaborative effort between South Jersey Gas’ Damage Prevention Team and SJI’s Green Team to showcase how underground damage prevention can apply to environmental restoration. The Damage Prevention Team explained the importance of calling 811 before digging on your property and demonstrated how utility experts mark underground utility lines before starting an excavation project.

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Following the demonstration, the SJI Green Team planted a tree alongside members of the Hammonton Green Committee and Folsom Green Team to mark a donation of 100 trees to the two environmentally focused civic organizations. The approximately 100 attendees of the event each received tree saplings to share in their neighborhoods.

“Regardless of the type of project, South Jersey Gas aims to conduct business in a manner that protects and sustains the safety and well-being of our customers, employees and the communities we serve,” said Cristina Fernandez, director of operations support for South Jersey Gas. “These demonstrations highlight the important role safety plays in our company’s overarching effort to create a clean energy future.”

The “Dig-in and Learn” event was part of the company’s long-held tradition of providing time and resources to organizations and initiatives that share the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship during the month of April.

For more information about SJI and its subsidiaries, please visit sjindustries.com.

About South Jersey Gas

South Jersey Gas, a subsidiary of South Jersey Industries (SJI), delivers safe, reliable, affordable natural gas and promotes energy efficiency to more than 400,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Salem, and portions of Gloucester, Burlington and Camden counties in New Jersey. For more information, visit southjerseygas.com.

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About SJI

South Jersey Industries (SJI), an energy infrastructure holding company based in Folsom, NJ, delivers energy services to customers through two primary subsidiaries:  SJI Utilities (SJIU) and SJI Energy Enterprises (SJIEE).  SJIU houses the company’s regulated natural gas utility operations, delivering safe, reliable and affordable natural gas to more than 700,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers across New Jersey via its South Jersey Gas and Elizabethtown Gas subsidiaries. SJIEE houses the company’s non-utility operations primarily focused on clean energy development and decarbonization via renewable energy production and energy management activities.  Visit sjindustries.com for more information about SJI and its subsidiaries.

 

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