KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (April 21, 2009) - Exelon Nuclear employees will celebrate Earth Day by participating in a variety of activities in Illinois, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including teaching elementary school students about green energy options and volunteering at eco-friendly events.
In keeping with the spirit of Earth Day, Exelon Nuclear launched the "Gabby Green" program, an educational series to teach young students about electricity, conservation and green energy such as solar, wind, hydropower and nuclear. The goal of the Gabby Green program is to promote environmental stewardship and raise awareness about green energy solutions. Encouraging children at a young age to become involved in energy conservation is a key way to build good and lasting behaviors.
In addition, hundreds of Exelon Nuclear employees will participate in environmental volunteer projects in recognition of both Earth Day and National Volunteer Week.
"Environmental stewardship is a responsibility that we do not take lightly at Exelon," said Joe Grimes, Acting Senior Vice President of Mid-Atlantic Operations for Exelon Nuclear. "The company and our employees strive for environmental excellence in our operations. Educating young people and partnering with nonprofit organizations to preserve our environment serve as vivid examples of our collaboration with our local communities to make a positive difference."
In the Kennett Square area, Exelon Nuclear and its employees are participating in the following Earth Day activities:
· Wednesday, April 22, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. - More than fifty Exelon employees will volunteer their time to clean up invasive species along the Exelon Trail at the Anson B. Nixon Park. This work will allow for the native species along the trail to flourish.
· Friday, April 24 - Several employees will teach first to fifth grade students about green energy and ways to conserve electricity. The students are members of New Garden Elementary School's "Flip the Switch" club, a group created by the students to help their school become "more green."
These activities are part of the Exelon 2020 campaign, which is a comprehensive environmental strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower the carbon footprint of Exelon, its subsidiaries and its host communities and customers.