Recycling has its rewards

Recycling has its rewards

Last year, employees in our Lock Haven Service Center launched a recycling program for common materials found in everyday shipments. They partnered with other nearby service centers in Susquehanna, Sunbury, and Bloomsburg, to collect all kinds of recyclable plastic with their eyes set on reaching a 500 pound goal.

As an incentive for collecting 500 pounds of recyclable materials, Trex®, a manufacturer of wood alternative products, would provide us with a Trex® bench.

We’re pleased to announce that we met our goal and received our first Trex® bench!

Our employees wanted to share our commitment to the environment, by donating the bench to a local organization where it could be enjoyed by residents of the community. The team decided to donate it to the Clinton County Historical Society, and place it at the Castanea Train Station, which is also the trailhead of the popular Bald Eagle Valley rail trail. 

Now, hikers, bikers, and runners can use the bench before or after their trip on the trail.

We’re continuing these recycling efforts at service centers across our territory and hope to donate a bench in each region.

Stay tuned for our progress!

Empowering our communities

Empowering our communities

In addition to providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity, we’re committed to empowering our communities through various initiatives and investments, such as our annual United Way campaign. 

PPL Corporation’s 2021 campaign, which included contributions from PPL Electric employees and retirees, raised more than $5 million for United Way agencies. 

In the Central Susquehanna region, we contributed more than $62,000. And Adrienne Mael, President and CEO of the United Way of Columbia and Montour County and Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, was especially grateful. 

“Over the years, PPL Electric Utilities has been incredibly proactive in reaching out to help address the areas of greatest need for our local community,” Mael said. From sending volunteers into the community, providing support through the COVID-19 pandemic, and serving on committees to help guide our priorities for impact, PPL Electric is always there. They are part of the solution to meeting our community’s greatest needs.” 

Our Northeast region, which includes Lackawanna and Wayne counties, saw agencies receive more than $36,000 in donations. 

In the Lancaster area, two United Way agencies received more than $42,000 in support. 

And, our Lehigh region, received more than $2.3 million in donations to five different agencies. 

With United Way, we can trust our contributions will be used to improve the quality of life for our neighbors across Pennsylvania. We’re proud to support this critical mission. 

 

Tree Planting and Care

Tree Planting and Care

Spring is upon us. And what better way to show our love of the environment than planting a tree? There’s just something about watching a tree adapt to all four seasons and grow right before our eyes. But before we get caught up in the beauty of nature, we must do a bit of research and take safety precautions before we pull out the shovels and start digging.

Here are a few tips for safe and successful tree prep and planting:

Keep tree roots in a cool place until ready to plant. Add water to moisten the roots, as needed.

Location, location, location – plan the spacing and location of your tree. And make sure it’s far away from any PPL power lines. If a tree is planted near power lines, eventually it may need to be trimmed or removed to keep your power reliable and the grid safe.

Call 811 before you dig! Know what’s below. It’s important to call 811 at least 3 business days before your project to avoid digging into any underground utility lines.

Consider using mulch (shredded bark or wood chips), around your tree to prevent damage to its roots.

For more information and a comprehensive guide to selecting, planting and caring for a new tree, visit www.arborday.org

Bringing STEM learning to virtual classrooms

Bringing STEM learning to virtual classrooms

As any teacher will tell you, the transition to a virtual environment has been a challenge. That’s why we’re stepping up to ease the burden and connect students with the resources they need to thrive.

Through a partnership with Smithsonian Science Education Center, Da Vinci Science Center, and the Allentown School District, we successfully launched a STEM literacy series for fourth and fifth grade students.

STEM – which stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math” – is critical as it prepares students for future success in both school and their careers.

To kick-off this initiative, we funded a professional development training with teachers so they could successfully launch the STEM program for roughly 2,500 students. Fourth graders learn about energy in the home, while fifth grade students are studying environmental energy. The great thing about this program is students receive a STEM package of their own, including a textbook and science kit. These resources are for the students to keep at home and share with their families after the 6-week lesson is complete.

We’re proud to play a small part in preventing STEM learning loss for these students during such a difficult time. Here’s to the next generation of STEM leaders!

Major Grant helps bring “Ambulance Bus” to life

Major Grant helps bring “Ambulance Bus” to life

In 2018 when we agreed to grant $100,000 to the Susquehanna Health Foundation toward an “ambulance bus, it was an exciting and innovative idea. But this year, we saw that idea and vision come to life.   

Now, this climate-controlled, 15 passenger, ambulance bus will be used for a variety of functions, all contributing to the health and safety of the community. The goal is to reach residents across 12 counties, 7 of which are within our territory, through paramedic and firefighter training and drills for emergency responders. It’s already been put to good use, delivering COVID19 vaccines to senior citizens in Williamsport, Lycoming County

PPL employees taking a tour of the inside of the ambulance bus

Since its founding in 2015, the PPL Foundation has contributed $15 million to organizations across our 29-county region. We’re proud to play a small part in preparing for the unique healthcare needs of this area, while supporting two of the PPL Foundation’s major focuses: education and sustainable communities. 

We’re looking forward to seeing the ambulance bus in action!