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ComEd and Openlands Offer Municipalities Cash Grants for Green Projects

   ComEd and Openlands Offer Municipalities Cash Grants for Green Projects

Green Region grants offered throughout ComEd service territory

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Jan. 15, 2014

CHICAGO, Jan. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Green spaces in northern Illinois will
be even greener later this year thanks to cash grants distributed by ComEd and
Openlands. The organizations are partnering for a second year to issue a total
of $150,000 in Green Region grants to municipalities located in ComEd's
service territory.

Green Region is an environmental program offering cash grants to eligible
municipalities for their efforts to conserve open spaces. The grants subsidize
existing open land projects focusing on conservation, preservation, protecting
endangered species, and improvements to local parks and recreation resources.

Openlands, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to land conservation, will
again administer the Green Region program and distribute a maximum of $10,000
per project for each approved application.

Local municipalities interested in applying for a Green Region grant can do so
by completing an application on Openlands' website, www.openlands.org. The
submission window opens today and expires on Saturday, March 15. All
applications will be reviewed by an advisory committee of local environmental
leaders. Interested municipalities can apply for multiple projects, but must
complete one application per project.

"Openlands is thrilled to offer municipalities another opportunity to
participate in protecting and enhancing open space throughout our region,"
said Jerry Adelmann, president and CEO, Openlands. "We are already seeing
positive results from the projects awarded grants in 2013, and we anticipate
having more communities take advantage of and benefit from this program. Once
again, this would not be possible without ComEd and their continued commitment
to protecting our natural resources."

"We realize many municipalities throughout the region have to deal with budget
limits that unfortunately undercut programs focused on the environment," said
Fidel Marquez, senior vice president of Governmental and External Affairs,
ComEd. "Service in the community has always been a part of ComEd's DNA.
ComEd's partnership with Openlands is another example of our ongoing
commitment to community service by protecting the environment, conserving
resources and creating a more sustainable future. ComEd's investment in the
Green Region program strengthens and enriches the communities we serve."

Successful applicants will be notified by June 15, and their grants will be
distributed by ComEd over a two-year period. During that time, Openlands will
monitor the projects by developing application, guidelines and a scorecard to
track the impact of each funded project.

The Green Region program debuted last year as ComEd and Openlands awarded
$125,000 in grants to 17 municipalities and nonprofits located throughout
northern Illinois.

Additional information on the Green Region grant program and more images of
projects that received funding in 2013 can be found at
www.openlands.org/greenregion.

About Openlands
Founded in 1963, Openlands is one of the nation's oldest and most successful
metropolitan conservation organizations, having helped secure, protect, and
provide public access to more than 55,000 acres of land for parks, forest
preserves, wildlife refuges, land and water greenway corridors, and urban
gardens. For more information, visit www.openlands.org.

About ComEd
Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon
Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider,
with approximately 6.6 million customers. ComEd provides service to
approximately 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of
the state's population.

SOURCE ComEd; Openlands

Website: http://www.openlands.org/
Contact: Brandon Hayes, (312) 863-6260, bhayes@openlands.org, Tony Marusic,
(312) 658-0445, amarusic@jaynethompson.com
 
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