Growing communities one tree at a time
At a young age, we learn that trees are essential to life. They clean our air, contribute to our health, benefit wildlife, reduce building energy use by providing shade– the list goes on. According to the Arbor Day Foundation, one large tree can provide a day’s supply of oxygen for up to four people. Safe to say, if trees didn’t exist, neither would we.
In honor of National Arbor Day on April 26, to shed light on the importance of trees, ComEd’s vegetation management professionals went out into the community and got their hands dirty (literally).
The ComEd team organized 18 events throughout Chicagoland, engaging 1,500 students and community members. In addition to donating and planting 2,000 trees and shrubs, they worked to educate the public about power line safety and the importance of planting the right tree in the right place. They partnered with Lake Katherine Nature Center in Palos Heights, Ill., DeKalb Park District and the Village of Wayne to remove and plant trees along trails and gardens.
“We have a responsibility to take care of the environment, not only for ourselves but for future generations as well,” said ComEd Vegetation Management Program Manager Shannon Peters. “What better way to do that than to involve the community – especially young students – in learning about the importance of trees and the overwhelmingly positive impact they have on the Earth.”