Empowering Communities

Changing the World, One Person and One Lightbulb at a Time

February 2, 2017

Maurice Snell’s future is bright thanks in part to his work educating the public about energy efficiency.

For the past six years, Maurice has been giving energy efficiency presentations in Illinois communities as part of the country’s first energy efficiency education program designed for, and taught by, people with disabilities.

Maurice is one of 22 ComEd Energy Force Ambassadors. He participates in the program on behalf of his employer, Easterseals. Maurice, who has Autism Spectrum Disorder, earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Xavier University in Chicago and has worked for Easterseals since 2007.

Easterseals is one of 19 area non-profits that collaborates with ComEd to train volunteers to give energy efficiency presentations in their communities. The participating nonprofits, located throughout Northern Illinois, work with individuals with developmental disabilities.

The ComEd® Energy Efficiency Program and ComEd Energy Force collaborated with ENERGY STAR® on the ENERGY STAR Change the World Tour last fall. The partnership benefited both ComEd’s residential and business customers. Energy Force Ambassadors encouraged residential customers to replace incandescent bulbs with energy efficient LEDs, and in exchange, the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program Small Business team helped the non-profits save energy by installing efficient upgrades in their buildings.

Watch Maurice’s story in ComEd’s ENERGY STAR Change the World Tour Video above.

  • To learn more about Maurice and other Energy Force Ambassadors, click here.
  • To see the story of Energy Force Ambassador Cristian Salazar, click here.
  • To learn more about the ComEd Energy Efficiency program for small business, click here.

The ComEd® Energy Efficiency Program is funded by ComEd customers in compliance with Illinois law.