ComEd Celebrates Earth Month with $40,000 in Energy Efficiency Grants and Events

02 Apr, 2013, 13:28 ET from ComEd

CHICAGO, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ComEd is commemorating Earth Month in April by hosting energy-efficiency programs that will give away up to $40,000 to local schools and nonprofit organizations, and participating in half a dozen community educational events.

ComEd launched its second annual $10,000 Earth Month Challenge with local elementary schools in its service territory. Twenty schools and nearly 8,000 students will compete in this energy-efficiency competition which helps parents, teachers and students become more aware of how they use electricity each day, and how simple changes in their every-day habits can lead to greater energy efficiencyand savings. At the end of the Challenge, ComEd will award $10,000 in cash prizes to the top five performing schools, including a $5,000 grand prize.

In addition, through its new Earth Month Grant Contest ComEd will award a minimum of six individual grants, valued at up to $5,000 to nonprofits to implement an energy saving idea. Nonprofits can enter the contest by submitting a creative energy conservation idea or project that can help educate their community about the benefits of being energy-efficient.

"ComEd is committed to driving positive, sustainable change that benefits the environment," said Fidel Marquez, senior vice president of Governmental and External Affairs, ComEd. "These grants and community events are a fresh approach to inspire customers of all ages to become wiser users of energy to reduce their usage, save money and help the environment."

Also, throughout the month of April, ComEd will participate in a number of community events to drive awareness for energy efficiency and sustainability. Customers are invited to visit the ComEd booth for energy-efficiency tips and other information at the following the Chicagoland area events:

April 2

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sustainable Schools & Higher Education Symposium,

Loyola University

April 6

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Palatine Health, Wellness & Environmental Expo,

Birchwood Recreation Center

April 7

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Skokie Spring Greening,

Niles North High School

April 13

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Frankfort Square Park District Earth Day,

Island Prairie Nature Center

April 20

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

2013 Earth Fest, Oak Park,

Public Works Building

April 20

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Park Ridge 24th Annual Earth Day Celebration,

Maine Park Leisure Center

For more information on ComEd's Earth Month Challenge, including a leaderboard showing the ranking of participating schools, please visit The challenge begins April 1 and continues through the end of ComEd's April electric billing period (which extends to mid-May for some customers). Winning schools are expected to be announced in May.

For more information on ComEd's Earth Month Grant Contest for nonprofits, please visit Entries should be emailed to by April 12. Winners will be selected by May 1.

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Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 6.6 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state's population.