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    “Trees Please!” awards go to 54 Iowa communities, including derecho-hit Cedar Rapids
    DES MOINES, Iowa – (March 17, 2021) – MidAmerican Energy is awarding more than $100,000 to dozens of Iowa communities in the company’s annual effort to promote community-wide tree planting.

    Fifty-four communities and organizations will receive a total of $108,000 in grants through MidAmerican's "Trees Please!" program. The program promotes energy efficiency in publicly owned buildings, schools and community spaces by providing windbreaks and shade, while also beautifying those areas.

    This year’s awards include a $15,000 grant to the city of Cedar Rapids, which is triple the amount MidAmerican awarded last year. The city estimates that the August derecho destroyed more than two-thirds of its tree canopy. “This is a devastating loss for the community,” the city wrote in its grant application.

    “The derecho destroyed a significant number of trees, which reminds us of how much we value them,” Tina Yoder, MidAmerican director of energy efficiency said.  “It’s important we invest in replacing them to support our environmental sustainability,” she added. “Beyond the character that trees add to communities, they can also help our customers save energy when they’re the right kind of tree planted in the right place.”

    Since 1998, MidAmerican has awarded more than $4.3 million in funding for trees.

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy, carefully placed trees can save up to 25% of a typical home’s energy use. Strategically placed trees can provide cooling shade in the summer and block cold winds in the winter.
    2021 Community grants
    • Bettendorf Trees Are Us: $1,000
    • Bradgate Betterment: $1,000
    • City of Algona: $1,000
    • City of Allison Trees Forever: $1,000
    • City of Altoona Parks Department: $1,000
    • City of Audubon: $1,000
    • City of Ayrshire: $1,000
    • City of Blue Grass: $1,000
    • City of Cedar Rapids: $15,000
    • City of Clarinda: $1,000
    • City of Clarksville: $1,000
    • City of Colfax: $2,000
    • City of Coralville: $3,200
    • City of Council Bluffs: $5,000
    • City of Dallas Center: $1,000
    • City of Davenport: $5,000
    • City of Denver: $1,000
    • City of Des Moines: $5,000
    • City of Emmetsburg: $1,000
    • City of Essex: $1,000
    • City of Evansdale: $1,000
    • City of Fairfax: $3,200
    • City of Fort Dodge: $1,200
    • City of Geneva: $1,000
    • City of Glenwood: $1,500
    • City of Hiawatha: $1,000
    • City of Hills: $2,000
    • City of Hinton: $2,000
    • City of Holstein: $1,000
    • City of Ida Grove: $1,000
    • City of Independence: $1,000
    • City of Iowa City - Forestry Div.: $3,000
    • City of Johnston: $2,000
    • City of Marion Tree Board: $2,000
    • City of Melcher-Dallas: $1,200
    • City of Moville: $1,000
    • City of New Sharon: $1,000
    • City of North Liberty Parks: $1,000
    • City of Pleasant Hill: $1,000
    • City of Pleasantville: $1,000
    • City of Polk City: $2,000
    • City of Pomeroy: $1,000
    • City of Red Oak: $1,000
    • City of Rock Valley Trees Program: $2,000
    • City of Ruthven: $1,000
    • City of Sergeant Bluff: $1,000
    • City of Shelby: $1,000
    • City of Sioux City Parks: $7,200
    • City of Urbandale: $2,850
    • City of Van Meter: $1,000
    • City of Waterloo Leisure Services: $5,000
    • City of Waverly: $2,000
    • City of Wilton: $2,000
    • Humboldt County Conservation: $1,000
    How to apply for “Trees Please!” grants
    In the fall, cities and community organizations can submit grant applications to MidAmerican to be considered for grants of $1,000 or more. The company selects grant recipients based on a project’s merits, benefits to the community and the ability to obtain matching funds.
    About MidAmerican Energy Company
    MidAmerican Energy Company, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, serves 795,000 electric customers in Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota, and 774,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available at and company social media channels.