DES MOINES — Through its "Trees Please!" energy-efficiency program, MidAmerican Energy Company is providing $219,000 to 75 cities and community organizations promoting energy efficiency throughout its Iowa service territory.
"MidAmerican Energy is pleased to offer the 'Trees Please!' program to promote energy efficiency and environmental beautification through the planting of trees," said Tina Yoder, energy efficiency manager at MidAmerican Energy.
Locally, the cities of Eddyville and Oskaloosa Trees Forever each received $1,000.
Trees improve energy efficiency by serving as natural windbreaks and providing shade to homes and businesses. Trees beautify parks, roadways and other common spaces within a community. Planting trees also improves air quality and helps protect and nourish the soil.
Each city and community organization has been awarded at least $1,000. The grants are based on the individual merits of the project, the benefit to the community and the ability to obtain matching funds.
Communities were notified in December that they would receive a grant, and checks are being delivered to winning communities. For more information about "Trees Please!" call 800-434-4017.