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One million trees, seedlings and counting
Healthy trees extract carbon dioxide from the air and reduce carbon emissions from electric utilities. Trees also reduce the energy needed to cool and heat homes and businesses.
During the last two decades, our tree planting programs have contributed more than one million trees and seedlings to communities, schools and non-profit organizations throughout our service territory.
Since 1989, Alliant Energy's Branching Out program has supported long-term tree care in Iowa, with a special emphasis on energy efficiency, conservation and youth education.
The 1.1 million trees and seedlings planted through Branching Out have helped our customers reduce their electricity consumption by more than 14.9 million kilowatt-hours. This is the equivalent of preventing 125.8 million pounds of carbon.
Volunteers have played a crucial role in this work, with more than 120,000 volunteers putting in nearly 500,000 volunteer hours.
The Operation ReLeaf program offers our residential utility customers in Iowa the opportunity to purchase landscape trees at discount prices. This partnership is funded by Alliant Energy and administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry and the conservation boards of host counties.
Since the program began in 2001, more than 40,420 new trees have been planted across Iowa through 105 Operation ReLeaf events. These events are hosted by the Iowa County Conservation Boards and Resource Conservation & Development Centers.