November 6, 2008

ComEd and NEED Sponsor Energy Education Workshops for Northern Illinois Teachers

CHICAGO, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- ComEd and the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project will host Illinois Energy Workshops on energy efficiency to help participating teachers instill environmentally responsible attitudes and behaviors they can carry with them throughout their lives. The workshops will be held at several Northern Illinois locations beginning this month and running through January 2009.

The one-day workshops will provide K-12 educators with teacher-tested, hands-on educational materials covering the concepts of force, motion, light, sound, heat, electricity, magnetism and energy transformations, energy and the sources of energy. NEED materials and training programs provide comprehensive, objective information about these scientific concepts, as well as their impact on the environment, the economy and society.

Through ComEd's sponsorship, there is no cost to attend the workshops and substitute teacher costs will be reimbursed to school districts. The ComEd NEED Illinois Energy Workshops will be held:

    o  Nov. 18 in Crystal Lake    o  Nov. 19 in Tinley Park    o  Dec. 9 in Oak Brook    o  Dec. 16 in Chicago    o  Jan. 13 in Oak Brook    o  Jan. 22 in Chicago    

"Students are some of our most effective energy efficiency ambassadors. These workshops give teachers the tools to both educate kids about basic energy concepts and inspire them to think about making their world more energy efficient," said Val R. Jensen, vice president of Marketing and Environmental Programs, ComEd. "ComEd is proud to partner with NEED for the second year in a row to make this educational opportunity possible for school teachers in northern Illinois and, in turn, for their students."

More information on the upcoming workshops can be found at Teachers interested in attending one of the workshops can receive additional information and a registration form by e-mailing Wendi Moss at [email protected] or by calling NEED at (800) 875-5029.

ComEd's educational commitments also include partnerships with the Rowe- Clark Math & Science Academy, the Chicago Public Schools Student Science Fair and the ComEd Science Clubs, the Illinois Math & Science Academy, and the Big Shoulders Fund including scholarships and math and science funding for two Chicago schools.

Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation , one of the nation's largest electric utilities with approximately 5.4 million customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across Northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state's population.

The NEED Project's mission is to promote an energy conscious and educated society. NEED is the nation's leading provider of energy education programs and materials to schools.


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