Chicago, Illinois, June 12, 2018 – IGS Energy partnered with the Chicago Bears and Chicago Gateway Green for the Save Da Planet sustainability event that took place at Southside Occupational Academy High School. Volunteers included Bears linebacker Sam Acho, alumni Jason McKie, Staley Da Bear and 30 IGS employees who spent the day planting trees and flowers, assembling compost bins, and installing rain barrels. In addition, IGS and the Bears donated $10,000 to Southside Occupational Academy for greening and sustainability programming.
IGS, the Bears, and Chicago Gateway Green came together for this partnership because of their dedication to the Chicago community and sustainability. The Save Da Planet event was a part of Chicago Gateway Green’s Day of Impact which is a large scale planting initiative that engages volunteers in beautifying and caring for their environment.
Southside Occupational Academy is a transition center for students aged 16-22 years with disabilities. Students are provided with educational training opportunities in the areas of Independent Functioning, Social Learning, Vocational, and Applied Academics. Students from Southside Occupational Academy attended the event to provide support, snacks, and beverages for the volunteers.
“We are very excited to partner with the Chicago Bears and Gateway Green on the Save Da Planet event,” said Kerri Ward, Director of Corporate Brand and Communications for IGS Energy. “Together, our employees and the Chicago Bears will be making an impact on the environment and promoting sustainability, while helping beautify the school grounds for the kids.”
About the Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears are a professional American football team based in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears compete in the NFL as a member club of the league’s National Football Conference North Division. The Bears players and administration are active members of the Chicago community.
About Chicago Gateway Green
Chicago Gateway Green improves Chicago’s communities through three key programs: The Expressway Partnership, transforming city roadways into landscaped parkways; the International Sculpture Program, beautifying gateways through the installation of public, international art on expressways; and the Day of Impact Program, a large-scale tree planting initiative that transforms vacant land into tree filled green spaces. The organization has broad support across the region’s business and civic community and serves as a model for effective public private partnerships. Working towards the sustainability goals of the Chicago Climate Action Plan, Chicago Gateway Green partners with socially responsible corporate citizens and local communities to hold large scale volunteer plantings throughout the city.
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