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    October 22, 2019
    Furthering Southwestern Illinois College’s tree diversification efforts and sustainability goals, Homefield Energy is donating 20 trees to the school to assist with replacing trees lost due to the spread of the emerald ash borer and Dutch elm disease. SWIC President Nick Mance, along with college staff and students, local officials, and representatives from Homefield Energy will commemorate the donation with a ceremonial tree planting.
    “Southwestern Illinois College has a long tradition of supporting the environment from our arboretum to our LEED Gold Certified Liberal Arts Complex,” said SWIC President Nick Mance. “A donation from Homefield Energy to purchase trees only enhances our beautiful campus and furthers our “green” initiatives.”
    The donated trees – including willow, magnolia, oak, red bud, pine, dogwood, and maple, among other species – will further diversify the school’s tree population.
    “As a company, we take pride in helping the communities and organizations we serve meet their sustainability goals,” said Caroline Atkins, Homefield Energy community affairs manager. “Trees have numerous ecological benefits, but they also strengthen, grow, and beautify our communities. We hope these trees will have a lasting impact and further enhance the quality of life for SWIC students, faculty, and alumni.” 
    Since 2002, Homefield Energy, and its sister companies, have provided nearly 300,000 trees to various partner communities. The donated trees have helped generate environmental savings and health benefits for municipalities and residents valued at approximately $37 million annually during the life of these trees.
    Interested in donating additional trees to SWIC? Trees can be donated to the school by contacting the SWIC Foundation at Foundation@swic.edu or 618-235-2700, ext. 5215.
    What:              Ceremonial Tree Planting
    When:             Wednesday, Oct. 23, 12:45 p.m.  
    Where:            Southwestern Illinois College - Belleville Campus (Information Sciences Building)
    2500 Carlyle Ave., Belleville, IL 62221
    Who:               Nick Mance, SWIC President
                           Rena Thoele, SWIC Foundation Executive Director
                Caroline Atkins, Homefield Energy Community Affairs Manager
    Contact:          Caroline Atkins, Homefield Energy Community Affairs Manager,
    at 214-952-2157 or caroline.atkins@vistraenergy.com
    Jim Haverstick, SWIC Associate Director of Public Information and Marketing,
    at 618-235-2700, ext. 5235 or jim.haverstick@swic.edu
    About SWIC
    Established in 1946, Southwestern Illinois College serves the more than 300,000 residents of Community College District 522 through campuses in Belleville, Granite City and Red Bud plus numerous off-campus sites, including Scott Air Force Base and the East St. Louis Higher Education Center. SWIC offers more than 150 affordable degree and certificate program options – including online and accelerated courses – for students who want to transfer to a university or prepare to enter the workforce. Articulation agreements with public and private colleges and universities help to ensure the transfer process is seamless for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
    About Homefield Energy
    Homefield Energy, a subsidiary of Vistra Energy(NYSE: VST), is proud to power Illinois. We are committed to being a leader in the electricity sector and a good neighbor to the communities in which we operate. Vistra Energy is a premier, integrated energy company based in Irving, Texas, combining an innovative, customer-centric approach to retail with a focus on safe, reliable, and efficient power generation. Vistra is one of the largest competitive residential electricity providers in the country, and its retail brands serve approximately 3.7 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers with electricity and gas.