CHICAGO (April 27, 2009) - As part of its commitment to environmental stewardship, Exelon dedicated nearly half of its employee-led volunteer work during National Volunteer Week to environmental projects. Overall, more than 1,300 employees across the Exelon family of companies participated in more than 80 community service projects. This campaign is part of Exelon's Energy for the Community volunteer engagement program, which has been named Corporate Volunteer Program of the Year two years in a row by VolunteerMatch, the Internet's largest and most popular volunteering network.
National Volunteer Week is an annual, nationwide observance of individuals' and organizations' contributions to their communities. This year's National Volunteer Week program empowers employee volunteers to design their own service projects and recruit colleagues. Employees once again chose to concentrate on a wide variety of environmental projects that support the company's Exelon 2020 low-carbon strategy and goals.
"I applaud our employees for continuing to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve," said Exelon Chairman and CEO John W. Rowe. "Exelon employees have organized and rallied behind projects that reflect Exelon's commitment to take a leadership role in the corporate response to global climate change."
Employees from every Exelon operating company participated in the annual celebration of volunteerism. This includes ComEd in Chicago and northern Illinois, PECO in Philadelphia and southeastern Pennsylvania, and Exelon Generation and Exelon Business Services Company employees in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.
"The enthusiasm our employees have for volunteerism allowed Exelon to double its National Volunteer Week effort this year," said Steve Solomon, Exelon's director of corporate relations. "Our employee volunteer program as a whole has grown by more than 30 percent over the last year, which is a testament to the company's culture and its dedication to the community, particularly in an economic climate when our communities can use our help the most."
Although National Volunteer Week officially runs from April 19-25, Exelon's celebration this year kicked off early with environmental projects on April 18 and will extend through May 9 with a Chicago River cleanup project. Earth Day events took place on April 22. The 36 green projects staffed by Exelon volunteers included:
- Prairie restoration project at Will County Forest Preserve in Custer Park, IL (March 28)
- Clean-up project at Lake Arlington in Ft. Worth, TX (March 28)
- Landscaping and mulching at Illinois Valley Industries in Morris, IL (April 3)
- Spring planting project at McKinley Woods in Channahon, IL (April 4)
- Prairie restoration project at Wolf Road Nature Preserve in Westchester, IL (April 17)
- Tree planting at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL (April 17)
- "Save the Trees" Earth Day event in Chicago's Grant Park (April 18)
- IT Green Day garden work at the McKinley Park in Chicago (April 20)
- Planting low-pollen garden for asthma sufferers in Chicago's Englewood community (April 20)
- Spring planting at Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL (April 20)
- Roadside clean-up along German Church Road in Byron, IL (April 21)
- Tree planting to green Chicago's Washington Park (April 22)
- Tree planting with Ogle County Hospice at newly constructed facility in Oregon, IL (April 22)
- Prairie restoration project at Wolf Road Nature Preserve in Westchester, IL (April 24)
- Restoration of natural prairie habitat at Buffalo Grove Prairies in Buffalo Grove, IL (April 24)
- Clean-up of Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook, IL (April 25)
- Clean-up of LaSalle Lake in Marseilles, IL (April 25)
- Construction of a Habitat home in Will County, IL (April 25)
- Neighborhood clean-up project at The Carpenter's Place in Rockford, IL (April 25)
- Grounds clean-up and garden maintenance at North Park Nature Center, Chicago (April 29)
- Adopt-a-Beach clean-up at the 63rd Street Beach in Chicago (May 1)
- Second Annual Solar Celebration at the Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy in Chicago (May 2)
- Chicago River Day clean-up at Lathrop Homes (May 9)
- River clean up with Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway at various locations in Maryland (April 18)
- Schuylkill Canal Association's Earth Day clean-up of the Schuylkill River (April 18)
- Philadelphia Clean Air Council Earth Day 5K Run (April 18)
- Spring clean-up of Butterfly Garden in Forked River, NJ (April 20)
- Clean-up of eight environmental learning stations and six trails in Waretown, NJ (April 21)
- Landscaping and tree planting projects in York County, PA (April 21)
- Clean-up of Anson Nixon Park in Kennett Square, PA (April 22)
- Lay Road clean-up in Delta, PA (April 23)
- IT Green Day celebration garden work at the Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, PA (April 23)
- Eddystone Lighthouse clean-up in Eddystone, PA (April 23)
- Energy Carnival and Arbor Day celebration in Rising Sun, MD (April 24)
- Beautification project at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, PA (April 24)
- Boat launch clean up in Conowingo, MD (April 25)
Exelon, a Chicago-based company, is one of the nation's largest utilities and the largest owner/operator of nuclear plants. Its Exelon 2020 strategy to address climate change set a goal of reducing, displacing or offsetting more than 15 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year by 2020. This is more than the company's annual carbon footprint. Exelon recently announced that as of the end of 2008, it had reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent from 2001 levels, far surpassing its voluntary 8 percent reduction goal under the U.S. EPA Climate Leaders program.
Beyond environmental causes, Exelon's corporate relations programs also focus on education, arts and culture, neighborhood development and diversity.