Iowa communities to save energy with tree-planting projects

Twenty-five communities will plant trees this fall through the Branching OutBranching out program. Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility has teamed up with Trees Forever to provide this very popular resource for communities for more than 25 years.

Branching Out is a collaborative process between the community, its volunteers, Trees Forever and Alliant Energy. Community leaders create specific tree-planting projects and Alliant Energy provides grant funding for trees. Experts from Trees Forever make sure the projects improve energy-efficiency, teach volunteers to plant and care for trees correctly.

Volunteers in 25 communities will help with 30 projects this fall. The grants for all of this work totals more than $132,000. These trees continue the investments Alliant Energy makes to improve energy efficiency across the state. Trees block the sun on hot days and the wind on cold days. Trees also improve the environment by capturing carbon dioxide.

“Adding trees is one of the most visible ways Iowans can help lower energy bills for everyone,” said Doug Kopp, President of Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility. “We have many programs to help our customers find energy solutions, and after 25 years, Branching Out has brought value to hundreds of our communities.”

“We have been working with communities to diversify the species of trees they plant and recent applications to the Branching Out program demonstrate the communities’ commitment to this effort,” said Meredith Borchardt, Trees Forever program manager. “A diverse urban forest is the best way to ensure resiliency when faced with threats such as the Emerald Ash Borer, or whatever the next major disease or pest threat might be.”

For a full listing of the projects this fall visit alliantenergy.com/branchingout, or contact Trees Forever at  1-800-369-1269 or treesforever.org/branching_out.

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