Mobile Gas Launches New Education ProgramPosted July 30, 2014
Mobile, Ala. – Mobile Gas, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power’s natural gas utility in southwest Alabama, has launched a new environmental education program aimed at highlighting careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
For the past two years, Mobile Gas has been working with Mobile County Public Schools – the state’s largest school district – to create the Leadership & Environmental Education Program (LEEP). The curriculum allows students to develop skills that help them think critically, identify and solve problems, communicate and develop a sense of community with Mobile Gas.
LEEP was created as an educational component of the company’s community outreach plan, centering on its former manufactured gas plant (MGP) – located at the corners of Broad Street and Martin Luther King Avenue. The program, designed for students in grades three through six, will be implemented at Florence Howard Elementary School and Calloway-Smith Middle School, which are within the vicinity of the former site.
“We are excited to be offering a program that will allow students to learn about the natural gas industry,” said Kesshia Davis, director of community relations for Mobile Gas. “We have a really interesting story to tell considering that when we used to operate in the early 1800’s; we had to heat coal and oil to create natural gas. Now we pump the resource from underground.”
The former MGP site is currently enrolled in Alabama’s voluntary cleanup program, which aims to redevelop industrial and commercial properties where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived contamination. As part of the program, engineers and researchers have been testing and analyzing the property for any potential environmental risks.
“Another benefit of the LEEP curriculum is that students will learn about careers related to STEM,” said Mike Fine, president of Mobile Gas. “The same engineers and researchers working on our MGP site have created related activities that will be presented in the classroom. The students will find out first-hand the qualifications needed to become an engineer or environmental scientist.”
Mobile County Public School’s Environmental Studies Center, McFadden Engineering, Corporate Environmental Risk Management and Keep Mobile Beautiful have all partnered with Mobile Gas on this new education initiative.