Alliant Energy earns Tree Line USA recognition from Arbor Day Foundation
Part of continued commitment to proper tree-care practices that benefit customers
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – April 24, 2020 – The Arbor Day Foundation has named Alliant Energy a 2020 Tree Line USA award recipient in honor of its commitment to protecting and enhancing urban trees. This is the 22nd year Alliant Energy has received distinction from Tree Line USA, a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters that recognizes utilities for their efforts.
“We are committed to the environment and helping to provide beautiful trees for the future in the communities we serve,” said Anne Lenzen, Director of Product Portfolio Management at Alliant Energy. “Our practices provide long-term benefits for customers by providing cleaner air and water, increasing property values, improving quality of life and conserving energy to reduce peak demand.”
Alliant Energy preserves the quality and health of trees with proper trimming, pruning, planting, care and underground utility construction. Employees are trained annually in best tree-care practices.
Alliant Energy and Trees Forever have partnered to plant more than 1.6 million trees and seedlings throughout communities in Iowa since 1989. The Branching Out program encourages energy efficiency, environmental awareness and community stewardship while funding and implementing tree-planting projects, including 39 such projects in 2019. Communities that Alliant Energy serves in Iowa may apply for grants to purchase trees for their projects at treesforever.org/Branching_Out.
The Alliant Energy Foundation is supporting Trees Forever’s Growing Futures program this year. This new program hires local teens to plant and care for trees in under-resourced neighborhoods.
“Trees are a critical part of urban landscapes all across the United States,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “They provide important benefits to residents, including clean air, clean water and a tolerable climate. Services providers like Alliant Energy demonstrate that it’s possible for trees and utilities to co-exists for the benefit of communities and citizens.”
More information about Tree Line USA can be found at www.arborday.org/TreeLineUSA.