News from Senator Peter Roskam Senate Republican Whip
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  Wheaton, Illinois 60187 Springfield, Illinois 62706
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For Immediate Release

Date:  June 26, 2006/pk

48th District receives Clean Energy grants

Springfield, IL – Several facilities throughout the 48th District will share in nearly a half million dollars worth of grants from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to complete projects that reduce pollution, save energy, and increase energy efficiency, according to State Senator Peter Roskam (R- Wheaton).

"Our district is very fortunate to receive these grants because they not only help the environment, but also our schools and natural areas- at no cost to taxpayers,” Roskam said.

Specifically, 48th District grants have been awarded to:

Name of Organization Amount City Project Description
Benjamin School District #25 $1,092.00 West Chicago School Lighting Upgrade Project
Four Winds School $10,000.00 Warrenville Educational Solar PV Project
West Chicago Park District $8,316.00 West Chicago Lighting Upgrade Project
Wheaton Academy $40,000.00 West Chicago School Lighting Upgrade Project
Wheaton Park District $4,494.00 Wheaton Lighting Upgrade Project
Batavia Park District $8,760.00 Batavia Lighting Upgrade Project
Kane County Forest Preserve District $430,000.00 Geneva Acquisition of Grunwald Fen & Surrounding Natural Area

Sen. Roskam explained that the schools listed above received funding to make money-saving energy efficiency investments, particularly upgrading interior lighting. The new, efficient lighting not only improves the classroom environment for both students and teachers, but reduces power-related pollution in the state’s communities.

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, an independent foundation established in December 1999, has awarded more than $100 million in grants. Their goal is to provide financial support for projects that advance energy efficiency, expand the use of renewable energy resources, and preserve and enhance natural areas and wildlife habitats throughout Illinois.