Our Communities

Learn about the many ways Alliant Energy is showing our commitment to sustainability.

“Driving Out” hunger in our communities

Since 2007, Second Harvest and six other food banks that serve our communities have received more than $2.5 million – the equivalent of 10.5 million meals – from the 10-year proceeds of our Drive Out Hunger Golf Classic fundraising initiative. In 2016, the event raised over $400,000 from Alliant Energy and its business partners for local food banks.

Our company, Foundation, employees and retirees regularly support mobile and permanent food pantries across our service area.

Supporting the educational aspirations of young adults

We want to recognize outstanding community leadership in young people and help them reach their academic goals. We do just that through Alliant Energy’s Innovation Scholarship Program.

Each year, we provide up to 25 $1,000 scholarships to future college students who have a desire to make a positive impact in their communities. These bright young minds suggest innovative ideas to address social, economic, educational and environmental issues within our communities. These scholarships provide support for a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school located within the Alliant Energy service area.

The Girls Make Electric Guitars project exposes students to technical fields

A 2016 summer girls STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) project had students using software and machinery, as well as their engineering and design skills, to make electric guitars. The Alliant Energy Foundation helped support this weeklong camp for seven girls as they explored manufacturing concepts and processes through electric guitar building.

Fab Lab Stoughton, a community-based technology incubator located in Stoughton High School, was the site for the Girls Make Electric Guitars project. We joined with Wisconsin’s Stoughton Area School District, the Stoughton High School Music Department and local businesses to financially support the creative initiative. Alliant Energy has also regularly provided funding for Fab Lab Stoughton, a facility that contains 3D printers, laser engravers, computer numerically controlled milling machines, computer-guided routers and a programmable vinyl cutter.

Launching a second-grade pilot robotics program

Robotics in a second-grader’s curriculum may seem like a stretch. However, thanks to a grant from our Alliant Energy Foundation, that’s exactly what’s in place at Richardson Elementary in Fort Madison, Iowa. Teacher Krys Plate applied for the grant to purchase LEGO WeDo Kits for her class.

The kit’s software and training materials enabled the start of a pilot robotics program. Students use the tools to design, build, test and modify their robots. Projects include real-life examples like designing a Mars land rover or programming a series of other working models with sensors and motors. The second-graders are keeping track of their work as they plan, build and present their findings.

2017 Corporate Sustainability Report

Our sustainability strategy looks into the future, promoting responsible company growth through the economic, social and environmental decisions we make today.