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Alliant Energy announces spring 2012 Branching Out recipients

February 17, 2012
Northern-Sun Print
Alliant Energy and Trees Forever will support 49 tree-planting projects in Iowa  Cedar Rapids, Iowa– Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), an Alliant Energy company, and Trees Forever announced they are awarding $156,595 to 49 Iowa communities or organizations through the Branching Out program this spring.  Branching Out is a nationally-recognized grant program through which Alliant Energy, Trees Forever and local community leaders work together to fund and implement tree-planting projects. The program is designed to encourage energy efficiency, environmental awareness and community involvement in Iowa.  “We believe our investment in tree planting and education will help our customers learn more about the energy efficiency and sustainability benefits trees offer,” said Tom Aller, President-IPL. “We care about the communities we serve and welcome the opportunity to help them become greener.”  Branching Out is offered exclusively to Iowa communities where Alliant Energy provides electric and/or natural gas service. The utility provides grants of between $500 and $10,000 for community-based, tree-planting projects – like parks, gateways, cemeteries, nature trails, libraries, nursing homes, schools and more. Trees Forever administers the program, providing technical and planning support.  Since the start of the Branching Out program in 1989, more than 1.1 million trees and seedlings have been planted.  “Every Branching Out project focuses on long-term tree care with a special emphasis on energy efficiency and conservation,” said Shannon Ramsay, founding president of Trees Forever. “We are pleased to continue a long partnership with Alliant Energy in a combined effort to educate Iowans on the importance of trees and improving our environment, one community at a time.”  Branching Out grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year, but are considered for funding during two grant-making cycles (spring and fall).  For more information, contact Trees Forever at 1-800-369-1269. Applications are available online at or  Communities and organizations receiving awards this spring: Gladbrook, Iowa, $1,000 and Gladbrook-Union Grove Lake, $5,000.


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