Mini-Forests Rise From Paperless Billing as Con Edison Seeds 5,000 Trees

Mini-Forests Rise From Paperless Billing as Con Edison Seeds 5,000 Trees

SOURCE: Con Edison Co. of NY, Inc.

NEW YORK, NY”“(Marketwire ”“ October 24, 2009) ”“
Con Edison today joined legendary entertainer Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and the New York City Parks Department to plant 5,000 trees at Alley Pond Park in Queens, Marine
Park in Brooklyn, and Ocean Breeze Park on Staten Island.

The company paid for the trees with money from customers who have enrolled
in Con Edison’s e*bill program, the paperless, environmentally friendly
payment option. The company donates $1 to the NYRP for each customer who
signs up for e*bill. The company has enrolled more than 179,000 customers
in the paperless billing option since 2007. Customers can visit to enroll.

“When Con Edison customers sign up for e*bill, they are making a small
contribution that will have an immediate and lasting effect on the
environment, the communities we live in, and our quality of life,” said
Marilyn Caselli, senior vice president of Customer Operations at Con
Edison. “I encourage all customers to sign up. It’s an easy way to cut down
on paper consumption, and residents will enjoy these trees for decades to

Today’s initiative was part of “It’s My Park Day” which is linked to
MillionTreesNYC, one of 127 programs under Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC, the
city’s sweeping, long-term sustainability blueprint. The public-private
initiative has established a goal of planting and caring for one million
new trees across the city’s five boroughs by 2017. Since the initiative
launched in October 2007, more than 252,000 trees have been planted,
putting MillionTreesNYC 20 percent ahead of schedule.

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE: ED), one of
the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately
$14 billion in annual revenues and $34 billion in assets. The utility
provides electric, gas and steam service to more than 3 million customers
in New York City and Westchester County, New York. For additional
financial, operations and customer service information, visit Con Edison’s
Web site at

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