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Grants support clean, safe parks redevelopment, pollinator habitats, wooded spaces and more
MAYS LANDING, N.J. (September 30, 2022) – Atlantic City Electric and Sustainable Jersey have chosen 15 local municipalities to receive $75,000 in funds to support open space and resiliency projects in South Jersey. This funding is made available through Atlantic City Electric's Sustainable Communities Grant program, which provides funding to support open space preservation, improvements to parks and recreation resources, environmental conservation and innovative community resiliency projects.
"We are so pleased to join our local communities and to help advance these initiatives that will have a lasting positive impact on our environment," said Doug Mokoid, region president, Atlantic City Electric. "We are committed to helping our customers and communities achieve our collective climate goals. This program is an extension of that commitment and just one of the many ways we are taking a leadership role in helping to foster a cleaner and safer environment for us all."
Atlantic City Electric launched the Sustainable Communities Grant program in 2020 with Sustainable Jersey administering the grants to local communities.
"As we experience the devastating effects of extreme weather and a changing climate on New Jersey communities, these grants support projects that build up local climate resilience and preserve our natural resources," said Randall Solomon, executive director of Sustainable Jersey. "We value our partnership with Atlantic City Electric and the investment is making a difference in a sustainable New Jersey."
This year, Atlantic City Electric and Sustainable Jersey have awarded grants to the following municipalities:
The Sustainable Communities Grant program will provide grants of up to $5,000 each to municipalities for projects focusing on open space preservation, improvements to parks and recreation resources and environmental conservation. The company also will provide up to three grants totaling $25,000 to support resiliency projects. Municipalities in the Atlantic City Electric service area can apply for a Sustainable Communities grant each year. A committee with representatives from Atlantic City Electric and Sustainable Jersey reviews each application and selects the projects to receive funding.
The Sustainable Communities Grant program is part of Atlantic City Electric's Climate Commitment, a multi-faceted, action-oriented effort to help the state of New Jersey achieve its clean energy and climate goals. As part of the commitment, the company is taking actionable measures to reduce its greenhouse gas footprint, deliver innovative solutions that will empower customers and communities to achieve greater greenhouse gas reduction across South Jersey. The effort supports the broader Path to Clean goal of Atlantic City Electric's parent company, Exelon, to reduce its operations-driven emissions 50 percent by 2030 and achieve net-zero operations by 2050.
Interested organizations can learn more about the Sustainable Communities Grant Program and how to submit a grant request at atlanticcityelectric.com/SustainableCommunities.
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