Chicago, October 8, 2012 — Commonwealth Edison Co. (ComEd) announced the launch of an energy efficiency program designed for and taught by individuals with developmental disabilities.
Tens of thousands of individuals with developmental disabilities live in assisted living communities or with their families across Illinois, where many are responsible for their energy usage.
ComEd is partnering with eight nonprofit organizations throughout Chicago that work with people with developmental disabilities, including: Clearbrook (Arlington Heights), Easter Seals Chicago, El Valor (Chicago), Gigi's Playhouse (Aurora), Lambs Farm (Libertyville), Misericordia (Chicago), Neumann Family Services (Chicago) and Special Olympics Chicago.
Each of the nonprofit organizations nominated an individual to serve as an ambassador. ComEd trained each of the ambassadors and staff from their respective organizations, equipping them to create fun, interactive demonstrations that provide easy and simple energy efficiency tips to a larger audience.
ComEd will assist the organizations to identify existing events on their calendars or create new outreach events during the fall that allow the ambassadors to return to their organizations and share their knowledge about energy efficiency techniques. Each participating organization will conduct eight to 10 outreach events before the end of the year.
ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corp., which serves about 6.6 million customers. ComEd provides service to about 3.8 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state's population.