Akron receives tree grant

Posted May 16, 2019 at 5:47 pm

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MidAmerican Energy Company awarded provided $101,683 in “Trees Please!” community grant awards to 61 cities and communities, including Akron.

The program funds tree-planting projects in public areas such as parks and roadways.

Planting the right kinds of trees in the right places can help save energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, carefully-placed trees can save up to 25 percent of a typical home’s energy use. Strategically-placed trees can provide cooling shad in the summer and block cold winds in the winter.

Each fall, cities and community organizations can apply for the Trees Please! grants, which are $1,000 or more. MidAmerican Energy officials select grant recipients based on a project’s merits, benefits to the community and the ability to obtain matching funds.

Akron Parks & Recreation Board received a total of $15,000 over a three-year period, said Akron Parks & Recreation Board President Char Hodnefield, explaining $10,000 went for trees in Akron parks and ball fields. This third and final grant is for trees on the Akron Golf Course. Trees have been purchased through Ground Effects, Sioux Center.

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