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Posted on: July 18, 2019

Village Wins ComEd Grant for Clock Tower Park Project

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The Village of Schiller Park has been awarded an environmental grant from ComEd as part of their Green Region Program. The Village, one of 26 northern Illinois communities chosen for the grant, was awarded for its Clock Tower Park Expansion Project.

The Village's upcoming expansion of Clock Tower Park includes a pollinator garden, a focus of ComEd's Green Region Grant Program this year. Pollinator Gardens provide a habitat that protects pollinator species such as bees and butterflies. The Village received a $9,000 grant from ComEd for the Clock Tower Park expansion project. A $156,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resource's Open Spaces Grant Program was awarded earlier this year.

The Village is excited about this grant and the Clock Tower Park expansion project that the grant helps make possible. Please check the Village website for more updates on the progress of the Clock Tower Park expansion project.

You can also find updates on the revamping of Dooley Park that is planned for after completion of the Tollway Expansion project.

A portion of the press release from ComEd is shown below and a full copy of the press release is attached as PDF under the link "Press Release" below.

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26 Northern Illinois Communities Awarded Environmental Grants from ComEd, Openlands
Annual Green Region Program powers sustainability with more than $200,000 in funding for open-space projects 

CHICAGO – July 17, 2019 – To support habitats and other open-space projects throughout northern Illinois, ComEd and Openlands today announced grants to 26 public agencies through the annual ComEd Green Region Program. Grantees receive up to $10,000 each to plan, acquire, and improve local parks, natural areas, and recreation resources. Some grants focus on enhancing pollinator habitats and protecting pollinator species, such as butterflies and bees.

“Together with our partners at Openlands, we are proud to support organizations that are making meaningful differences to restore and enhance natural habitats and biodiversity,” said Melissa Washington, Vice President of Governmental and External Affairs at ComEd. “It’s the perfect balance of meeting our future energy needs and powering a brighter and more sustainable future for our customers and the communities we serve.”

Since the inception of the Green Region Program in 2013, ComEd has awarded more than $1.3 million to municipalities across northern Illinois to help fund their open-space projects. ComEd provides the funding, and Openlands, one of the oldest metropolitan conservation organizations in the nation, administers the grants to local communities.

“The ComEd Green Region Program is an important commitment to sustainability across northern Illinois and a commitment to providing residents with access to natural open spaces,” said Jerry Adelmann, President and CEO of Openlands. “Over the last seven years, we’ve seen how the Green Region Program has helped communities enhance many parks and trails for learning, enjoyment, and supporting wildlife, and the support from ComEd has been vital. We extend our gratitude to ComEd, and we want to thank the many partners who have implemented these projects across the region.”

Due to a recent decline in pollinators throughout northern Illinois, and strong interest in pollinator conservation, the 2019 Green Region projects again focus on advancing and protecting the region’s essential pollinator species. Earlier this year, public agencies from across communities that ComEd serves submitted grant applications, which were then reviewed by an advisory committee composed of county government officials and members of the region's conservation community.

Additional information on the ComEd Green Region Program can be found at Openlands.org/GreenRegion.

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