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West Cook YMCA as awarded for
residents’ efforts to ‘Go Green’
Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program rewards nonprofit organizations for local  
homeowners and businesses becoming involved in energy efficiency

OAK PARK |  The West Cook YMCA has been awarded $25,000 in recognition of the
Village of Oak Park’s participation in the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program
Community Challenge.

Over the course of three months, the Community Challenge encouraged local
homeowners and businesses to take steps to become more energy efficient – and,
in turn, the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program donated $50 for each action toward
the community’s final prize.

“The benefits of the Community Challenge were twofold – as it allowed customers to
facilitate ‘greening’ efforts at local non-profit organizations while making their own
homes and businesses more energy efficient,” said Beth Reese, president of Nicor
Gas. “We encourage customers throughout Illinois to be inspired by this Challenge
and take advantage of the simple money-saving tips and financial rebates that are
available through the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program.”

“The Community Challenge gave so many Oak Park homeowners and businesses
the opportunity to sign up for the energy efficiency program that works best for them,”
said Oak Park Village President Anan Abu-Taleb. “We hope to continue working
towards an even greater reduction in overall energy use in our community and an
increase in financial savings for our residents and businesses. We thank the Nicor
Gas Energy Efficiency Program and the Community Challenge participants for
inspiring and motivating our community to achieve a higher level of energy savings.”

The YMCA will now work with the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program to apply the
prize funds toward energy efficiency projects and improvements at their facility.  Jan
Pate, president and CEO of the West Cook YMCA, said, “We are pleased that Oak
Park community members were able to save energy in their own homes and
businesses while also enabling us to work toward energy efficiency in our building.
We are excited to have the opportunity to become a more energy-efficient neighbor to
the very Oak Park community members who helped us earn the retrofit funds and
have continually supported our organization in numerous ways.”
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