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$70K commitment to tree restoration project in Sheboygan

Alliant Energy’s Foundation makes multi-year gift to area’s ROOTS initiative

SHEBOYGAN, Wisconsin – November 6, 2021 – Today, Alliant Energy’s Foundation announced support of the Rotary Club’s Restoration Of Our Trees Sheboygan (ROOTS) initiative with a $70,000 gift to plant 700 trees over the next three years.  

The Sheboygan Rotary Club, the City and County of Sheboygan and Alliant Energy teamed up this morning at Optimist Park to plant the first trees of the multi-phase ROOTS restoration project. The goal of the initiative is to restore trees lost to the emerald ash borer (EAB) in nine public parks in Sheboygan. The planting event was also one of Alliant Energy’s first tree planting events to kick off the company’s One Million Trees initiative announced earlier this year. 

“The important work of the ROOTS initiative directly connects to our focus on environmental stewardship that has strong impacts in the communities we proudly serve,” said Adam Erdmann, senior community affairs program manager of Alliant Energy’s Foundation. “With the trees we plant in collaboration with ROOTS today, we set into motion a decade of opportunity. This is just one more way Alliant Energy serves our customers and builds stronger communities.” 

Alliant Energy collaborates with organizations that focus on public forest restoration and preservation, like the Sheboygan Rotary Club’s ROOTS initiative, to meet its goal to plant 1 million trees in communities and rural areas across Wisconsin and Iowa. Each of the trees planted over the next 10 years represents one of the customers the utility company serves. 

In addition to providing shade, as these trees grow, they will naturally reduce greenhouse gases, improve water quality, provide wildlife habitats and make the future brighter and greener for our customers and communities.  

“Our continued emerald ash borer mitigation initiative requires an all-hands-on-deck response by both the private and public sectors if we are to preserve our essential forests for present and future generations,” said Tony Fessler, Sheboygan Rotary Club’s ROOTS coordinator.  “We appreciate Alliant Energy for supporting our work and finding an opportunity to achieve our mutual goals.”  

About Alliant Energy  
Alliant Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: LNT) provides regulated energy service to 970,000 electric and 420,000 natural gas customers across Iowa and Wisconsin. Alliant Energy's mission is to deliver the energy solutions and exceptional service customers and communities count on – safely, efficiently and responsibly. Interstate Power and Light Company and Wisconsin Power and Light Company are Alliant Energy's two public energy companies. Alliant Energy is a component of the Nasdaq CRD Sustainability Index, Bloomberg’s 2020 Gender-Equality Index, and the S&P 500. For more information, visit alliantenergy.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.   

About Sheboygan Rotary Club’s Restoration Of Our Trees Sheboygan (ROOTS) 
The Restoration Of Our Trees Sheboygan (ROOTS) initiative was created in 2018 to combat the devastation of public forests throughout Sheboygan County caused by the emerald ash borer.  

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