CHICAGO, Ill. – ComEd, the Illinois-based utility company, is donating 3,125 tree and shrub saplings to its customers in northern Illinois for Arbor Day on April 28. The aim is to enhance green spaces, reduce energy use, and promote a cleaner future.
To apply for a free sapling, customers can visit ArborDay.org/ComEd until April 9, while supplies last. The trees and shrubs will be ready to plant upon delivery.
ComEd is collaborating with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees program to highlight the vital role of trees, shrubs, and other vegetation in preserving clean air and community spaces. When planted strategically, the saplings can also have a positive impact on energy efficiency for customers.
Since 2015, ComEd’s involvement in the program has resulted in planting over 31,000 trees and shrubs, which will save more than 51 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and sequester more than 34 million pounds of carbon over the next 20 years. This is equivalent to taking 6,700 cars off the road annually.
Gil Quiniones, CEO of ComEd, stated, “ComEd is committed to a carbon-free future, and one way to help meet this goal is by protecting our green spaces and lowering carbon emissions in our communities.” Dan Lambe, CEO of the Arbor Day Foundation, also expressed his appreciation, saying, “We are proud to partner with ComEd year-after-year in their mission to build a carbon-free future.”
ComEd’s initiative not only helps the environment but also encourages customers to participate in creating a sustainable future for all.