BYRON, Ill. - 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.
For the second year in a row, Exelon Nuclear is conducting "Gabby Green" programs in local schools around its 10 nuclear plant sites. The educational series is designed 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.
Nuclear power plants do not burn hydrocarbons when producing electricity so they do not produce any greenhouse gases. According to the Nuclear Energy Institute, only 27 percent of our nation's electricity comes from clean-air sources, and nuclear power plants generate almost three-fourths of it. The other major sources of clean air electricity are hydroelectric plants, which provide 5.9 percent of our nation's electricity; wind energy, 1.3 percent; and solar energy, less than 0.1 percent.
Byron Station employees recently spoke to students at Highland Grade School in Stillman Valley and Monroe Center School about Gabby Green and the importance of conserving Earth's natural resources. The assemblies concluded with an exciting program by members of Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center. The group introduced the students to animals rehabbing at the Durand facility and taught a message of wildlife conservation and preservation.
"Byron Station is glad to support these assemblies that teach students about ecological and wildlife preservation," said Dan Enright, Byron Station site vice president. "Earth Day provides us with a wonderful opportunity to promote environmental awareness and encourage people to make sound energy choices."
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.
Byron employees will also take part in environmental efforts in the coming months. Plant employees routinely clean a stretch of Route 2 as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program. And on July 31, Exelon is a co-sponsor of the inaugural Great Rock River Sweep, which is a volunteer effort to clean the entire 285 miles of the Rock River from Horicon, Wis. to Rock Island, Ill.