Madison, Wis. – Alliant Energy and Trees Forever have partnered through Branching Out to help Iowa communities plant a diverse mix of trees for nearly 30 years. These efforts have allowed trees to live longer and provide decades of energy savings to those communities.
35 communities will complete 38 tree-planting projects this spring thanks to Branching Out Grants. More than $150,000 in grant money was awarded. Additional projects will be funded after another round of grant applicants submit fall proposals, which are due June 1.
Branching Out is an energy efficiency program that brings together community volunteers, Trees Forever and Alliant Energy. Community leaders create specific tree-planting projects, and Alliant Energy provides funding for the trees. Experts from Trees Forever assist in the correct placement, planting and care of the trees for energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal.
For more information on Branching Out, visit AlliantEnergy.com/BranchingOut, or contact Trees Forever at 1-800-369-1269.
Northeast Iowa communities that received grants are Calmar with $1,580, Cresco with $3,500, Marble Rock/Floyd County Conservation with $5,045, Oelwein with $4,000, Rudd with $2,240 and Waukon with $1,500.