NIPSCO and DNR Offer New Tree Grant Program

The Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) in partnership with the Indiana DNR, Community and Urban Forestry Program (CUF) will award 600 maple trees as part of the NIPSCO Trees Mean Cool Communities grant program. The trees awarded must be planted around public buildings to demonstrate energy conservation.

“The intent of this project is to decrease energy consumption by strategically selecting sites where the trees will provide shade, decrease wind speed, and let winter sunlight in,” said Pam Louks, CUF coordinator and the project leader for the grant.

The trees provided by NIPSCO must be planted on public property, and the property where the planting will take place must receive its electric service from NIPSCO. Schools, libraries, cities, towns, and local non-profits are invited to apply for the trees by filling out a grant application.

“Research has demonstrated that planting three deciduous trees on the south and west sides of a building can decrease energy consumption and lower energy bills by about 6.5 percent,” said Jason Lietz, NIPSCO forestry supervisor.

NIPSCO is Indiana’s second largest electric provider and is recognized as a Tree Line USA. This project will help the utility meet the new requirements for Tree Line USA, a utility recognition program sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation and managed by the CUF Program for Indiana.

For more information on the grant requirements and to receive an application, contact the CUF office at (317) 591-1170 or plouks@dnr.IN.gov.

Source: Department of Natural Resources

– Lettie

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