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PECO Awards 2013 Green Region Grants to 17 Municipalities in Greater Philadelphia Area

  PECO Awards 2013 Green Region Grants to 17 Municipalities in Greater
  Philadelphia Area

Business Wire

PHILADELPHIA -- June 17, 2013

PECO has provided 17 municipalities across the Greater Philadelphia region
with $150,000 in grant funding as part of PECO Green Region, the company’s
municipal open space and environmental grant program. Since its inception in
2004, PECO has awarded more than $1.1 million for qualifying Green Region
projects.

PECO Green Region has funded more than 150 projects across Southeastern
Pennsylvania to plan for, protect and improve open land. The program provides
grants for projects focusing on open space preservation, improvements to parks
and recreation resources, and environmental conservation. Projects have
included the development of recreation trails, pond and garden restorations,
and the purchase of open land.

“The success of the Green Region program demonstrates PECO’s ongoing
commitment to environmental preservation in the Greater Philadelphia area,”
said Craig Adams, PECO president and CEO. “I am proud that, in less than 10
years, PECO has successfully supported more than $1 million in environmental
grant funding for our local municipalities.”

In partnership with Natural Lands Trust, the region’s leading land
conservation organization, PECO has awarded 2013 Green Region grants to the
following municipalities:

  *In Bucks County: Chalfont Borough ($10,000), Doylestown Township ($10,000)
    and Middletown Township ($10,000).
  *In Chester County: East Bradford Township ($10,000), New Garden Township
    ($10,000) and New London Township ($10,000)
  *In Delaware County: Brookhaven Borough ($10,000), Chester City ($5,000),
    Edgmont Township ($5,000) and Lansdowne Borough ($10,000)
  *In Montgomery County: Abington Township ($10,000), Plymouth Township
    ($10,000) and Upper Salford Township ($10,000)
  *In Philadelphia, four organizations have received Green Region funding for
    open space projects this year. The Fairmount Park Conservancy and West
    Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Schools will each receive $10,000. The
    Please Touch Museum will receive $6,000, and the Friends of Poquessing
    Watershed will receive $4,000.

“PECO understands that green spaces are an absolutely essential part of a
healthy, prosperous region and has made an extraordinary commitment to
ensuring that the communities they serve have access to excellent parks and
natural areas,” said Molly Morrison, president of Natural Land Trust. “We are
truly honored to partner with PECO on the Green Region program.”

Municipalities can apply for a Green Region grant of up to $10,000 per project
each year. A committee with representatives from PECO, Natural Lands Trust,
county agencies and conservation organizations reviews each application and
selects the projects to receive funding.

From PECO’s grant programs supporting local environmental projects and
initiatives and operating an environmentally-friendly fleet of vehicles, to
launching PECO Smart Ideas to help our customers save energy and money, all of
our local environmental efforts contribute to and support Exelon 2020: A
Low-Carbon Roadmap, the comprehensive environmental strategy of our parent
company.

Editor’s Note: PECO Communications can provide details of specific projects
that will be funded through the Green Region program.

Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary
of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). PECO serves 1.6 million electric and
497,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and employs about
2,400 people in the region. PECO delivered 76.5 billion cubic feet of natural
gas and 37.5 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2012. Founded in 1881,
PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate
citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous
arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community
programs and organizations.

Natural Lands Trust, the region’s largest land conservation organization,
preserves the forests, fields, wetlands, and streams that are essential to the
sustainability and quality of life in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New
Jersey. The organization owns and manages 40 nature preserves totaling more
than 21,000 acres and has helped hundreds of private landowners and area
communities fulfill their conservation goals. Information about Natural Lands
Trust and nature preserves that are open to the public is available online at
www.natlands.org or by calling 610-353-5587.

If you are a member of the media and would like to receive PECO news releases
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PECO.Communication@exeloncorp.com

Contact:

PECO
Debra Yemenijian, 215-841-5091 or 215-841-5555
debra.yemenijian@exeloncorp.com
or
Natural Lands Trust
Oliver Bass, 610-353-5587 x. 244
oliver.bass@natlands.org
 
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