20 Local Municipalities and Nonprofits Receive a Total of $150,000 through PECO Green Region Program
Innovative environmental projects to positively impact southeastern Pennsylvania communities
PHILADELPHIA (February 11, 2020) – It’s easy being green for 20 local municipalities and nonprofits thanks to a total of $150,000 in grant funding from PECO Green Region, the company’s municipal open space and environmental grant program. From rehabilitating a park to constructing a kiosk and bike repair station and building a boardwalk and observation platform, this year’s grants will be used to begin projects that will help improve sustainability across the Greater Philadelphia region.
Through PECO Green Region, PECO has awarded more than $2 million to nearly 300 projects since the program’s inception in 2004. The program is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to support environmental initiatives across southeastern Pennsylvania, including open space preservation, improvements to parks and recreation resources, and environmental conservation.
“The municipalities and nonprofits receiving grants are putting their energy into the environment, and we’re proud to support these initiatives as PECO remains committed to increasing the environmental sustainability of the communities we serve across southeastern Pennsylvania,” said Mike Innocenzo, PECO president and CEO. “Each of these projects will positively impact the region as they create new green spaces, revitalize vacant lots, beautify trails, and much more.”
In partnership with Natural Lands, the region’s leading land conservation organization and facilitator of PECO Green Region, PECO will provide grants to the following municipalities and nonprofit organizations:
- Bucks County: Borough of Langhorne, Ivyland Borough, and Upper Southampton Township
- Chester County: East Bradford Township, East Fallowfield Township, South Coatesville Borough, and Tredyffrin Township
- Delaware County: Borough of Prospect Park, Marcus Hook Borough, Marple Township, and Rutledge Borough
- Montgomery County: Borough of Jenkintown, Borough of Pottstown, Limerick Township, and Upper Merion Township
- Philadelphia: Awbury Arboretum, Riverfront North Partnership, Roxborough Development Corporation, Roxborough Manayunk Conservancy, and Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse
Townships, municipalities, and Philadelphia nonprofits that are preserving green space can visit natlands.org/greenregion and apply for a PECO Green Region grant. A committee comprised of representatives from PECO, county agencies, and conservation organizations reviews each application and selects the projects that receive funding.
From PECO Green Region and operating an environmentally friendly fleet, to PECO Smart Ideas, the company’s award-winning suite of programs to help customers save energy and money, all of PECO’s environmental efforts contribute to and support the long-term sustainability efforts of our parent company, Exelon Corporation, for the benefit of our customers and communities.
PECO, founded in 1881, is Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural gas utility. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PECO delivers energy to more than 1.6 million electric customers and more than 529,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. The company’s 2,700 employees are dedicated to the safe and reliable delivery of electricity and natural gas as well as enhanced energy management conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. In 2018, PECO was named to Forbes Magazine’s list of Best Employers for Women. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $4.8 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 9,000 local jobs and producing $775 million in labor income. PECO is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), the nation’s only Fortune 100 utility and leading competitive energy provider. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.
Natural Lands is dedicated to preserving and nurturing nature’s wonders while creating opportunities for joy and discovery in the outdoors for everyone. As the Greater Philadelphia region’s oldest and largest land conservation organization, Natural Lands—which is member supported—has preserved more than 125,000 acres, including 43 nature preserves and one public garden totaling more than 25,000 acres. Some 2.5 million people live within five miles of land under the organization’s protection. Land for life, nature for all. natlands.org.
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