Celebrate Earth Week 2021

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We're Powering Beyond for Earth Day!

Can you believe it’s been more than 50 years since the first Earth Day? This global phenomenon has continued to grow and raise awareness surrounding various environmental causes throughout the last 51 years, leading to millions of events, initiatives and activities planned throughout the world.

As we celebrate the 51st anniversary, we focus on this year’s theme: Restore Our Earth. A healthy Earth supports our livelihoods, health and happiness. A healthy planet is a necessity. At Alliant Energy, we’re doing our part to create a clean energy future for all.

Committed to a clean energy future

As Alliant Energy moves forward with our Clean Energy Vision, we have joined with a multi-faceted group of like-minded partners in a five-year effort to swiftly develop and demonstrate low- and zero-carbon energy technologies. Learn more about our involvement in the Low-Carbon Resources Initiative by visiting our updated Corporate Responsibility Report. 

We’re a national leader in the transition to solar and wind energy. We are the third-largest owner-operator of regulated wind energy in the U.S. And upon completion of our planned 1,000 megawatts of solar, Alliant Energy will own and operate the most solar energy in the state of Wisconsin.

Within the last year, we announced retirement dates for various coal facilities in Wisconsin (Edgewater and Columbia) and Iowa (Lansing). Our Burlington, Iowa facility is already transitioning to natural gas.

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View our updated Corporate Responsibility Report

Our Corporate Responsibility Report highlights our purpose-driven strategy by covering all aspects of our Environmental, Social and Governance programs. It includes our Clean Energy Vision and our sustainability goals to contribute to a healthier environment.

We have recently added sustainability progress highlights and refreshed the story content. Take a look now!

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Help create a more sustainable future

Small lifestyle changes contribute to a more sustainable future. Use these 10 quick and easy tips each day to make the earth a cleaner place for all.

10 Tips to Create a More Sustainable Future:

Want more tips to contribute to a sustainable future? Give your home a “green makeover” each month when you take the PowerHouse Challenge. Past PowerHouse Challenges have encouraged customers to install energy-efficient lightbulbs and smart thermostats ­– just a few among hundreds of simple tips to save energy and money. Visit powerhousetv.com!

  1. Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth – Save up to eight gallons of water each day when you turn off the tap for just two extra minutes.
  2. Unplug unnecessary appliances – Unplug computers, video games, and TVs when not in use. You can use smart power strips to maintain your settings.
  3. Wash your laundry in cold water  About 90% of the energy your washing machine uses goes towards heating the water. Switch to the cold water setting and you’ll save energy – and your clothes will last longer.
  4. Invest in reusable batteries – Cut down on battery waste. Rechargeable batteries can be used again and again!
  5. Air dry your dishes – Switch your dishwasher setting from heat dry to air dry to save energy.
  6. Switch from paper to cloth towels – Save the earth and save money. Reusable cloth towels are more sustainable – and less expensive – than paper.
  7. Don’t drink from plastic water bottles  80 percent of plastic water bottles end up in landfills. Each bottle can take up to 1,000 years to decompose.
  8. Purchase reusable straws – If you’re a stickler for straws with your beverage, invest in portable, reusable straws to cut down on plastic waste.
  9. Turn off the lights when you leave a room – This small gesture can save energy and money!
  10. Collect rainwater – Invest in a rainwater collection system. Use the water to clean, water your lawn and your plants and so much more (but untreated rainwater is not safe to drink).

Branching Out for a better tomorrow

Celebrating more than three decades of plantings, Branching Out encourages energy efficiency, environmental awareness and community stewardship in Iowa. Alliant Energy and Trees Forever work together to fund and implement tree-planting projects.

Here’s how Branching Out has made an impact over the last 31 years:

  • Cumulative number of trees and seedlings planted = 1,108,593
  • Cumulative number of projects in communities we serve = 3,231
  • Cumulative Branching Out dollars awarded = $7,477,778

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Replanting Iowa

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If your community was in the path of the Derecho on August 10, you know what it’s like to grieve the loss of trees. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a full 70% of the tree canopy was destroyed by the storm.

We’re proud to be a part of the effort to plant new trees.

Through our Alliant Energy Branching Out program, we’re sponsoring 48 tree-planting projects in 41 communities across Iowa this year – most of which will replace trees damaged by the derecho. These communities (including Ames, Cedar Rapids, Marshalltown and Mechanicsville) received up to $10,000 each from Alliant Energy to purchase new trees. And that’s not all: We partner with Trees Forever to provide field coordinators to support each project. A dedicated field coordinator will help communities select tree species, create a tree-care plan and organize planting days. Learn more and see the full list of communities at alliantenergy.com/branchingout.

Our longtime partner Trees Forever started the Planting Hope program to help communities replace trees after natural disasters. We made an initial donation of $100,000 to the program to support ReLeaf Cedar Rapids and other tree adoptions throughout Iowa.

“The first thing you notice when you drive into a town that was hit by the derecho are the spaces where the trees used to be,” said Terry Kouba, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company.

Together, we’re filling those spaces with fresh, green hope.