Restoring Coal City, One Tree at a Time – Powering Lives Network

Restoring Coal City, One Tree at a Time

June 1, 2018

Three years after 50,000 trees were uprooted by a powerful tornado in Coal City, Ill, the small town is still feeling the effects of the damage. Aside from cleaning the air and water, trees also benefit the environment by slowing climate change and improving people’s general wellness.

In celebration of Arbor Day, 170 employee volunteers from ComEd and Exelon recently traveled to Coal City where they planted 110 new trees to help restore some of the tree canopy that was lost.

By planting the right trees in the right places – using low-growing species near power lines and taller species in open areas – the volunteers’ work also benefits ComEd’s long-term trimming plan.

Learn more about the power of smart planting and ComEd’s work with the Arbor Day Foundation at

Watch the video above to learn more about how ComEd volunteers are helping to restore Coal City.

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