SAN FRANCISCO – Over 100 members of Pacific Gas and Electric’s Filipino Employee Association gathered at the company’s auditorium on August 12 to celebrate the installation of the California Academy of Sciences Philippine Coral Reef Exhibit.
PG&E recently awarded $1.5 million to support the Academy’s ongoing climate change and sustainability exhibits, which included the growth, preservation and transportation of over 1,000 Philippine coral species to be placed in the Academy’s Reef exhibit.
Consisting of a 212,000-gallon tank, the exhibit is said to be the most diverse reef exhibit ever. The Philippine coral reefs are also said to be the most bio-diverse regions in the world.
Academy of Sciences Dr. Terry Goliner said the project was an opportunity to reach out to the Filipino community in the U.S. and the Philippines. “It allowed us to get the message out that these areas in the Philippines are important to preserve for humanity,” Goliner said.
“The purpose of this event is to engage our employees with the Philippine Environment, highlighting something unknown while promoting PG&E’s commitments,” said Filipino Employee Association Executive Vice President Erwin V. Bonilla.
The celebration included a mini reef-diving exhibit containing assorted seashells and small, preserved sea creatures provided by the Philippine tourist scuba travel company Activentures.
The Academy will open the exhibit to the public on September 27 for a one-day free admission.