Scranton receives Alliant Branching Out funds

For more than 25 years, Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility and Trees Forever have partnered to help Iowa communities plant a diverse mix of trees. These efforts have not only allowed trees to live longer, they also provide decades of energy savings to those communities.

Scranton was recently awarded $1,010 which will be used to add trees to the new Scranton School Memorial Park.

This fall, more than $127,000 in grants will help volunteers in 28 communities with 31 projects. This is in addition to the 38 projects funded in the spring with $146,000 in grant funding.

Branching Out is a collaborative process between a community, its volunteers, Trees Forever and Alliant Energy.

Community leaders create specific tree-planting projects and Alliant Energy provides grant funding for the trees. Experts from Trees Forever assist communities in the correct placement and planting of the trees for energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal.

Doug Kopp, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility said, “When you plant a tree, you’re starting to leave behind a legacy. Fifteen years from now you can come back and see what you’ve done and it is impressive. These trees provide a benefit to the community in terms of energy efficiency and carbon reduction for years to come and we’re proud to be a part of it.”  ~ Scranton Journal

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