SECO Again Honored by Arbor Day Foundation

Posted on: January 15, 2014

SECO Again Honored by Arbor Day Foundation

SECO officials today announced that the Arbor Day Foundation has, for the seventh year in a
row, designated SECO as a Tree Line USA utility. The Tree Line USA program promotes the
dual goals of delivering safe and reliable electricity while maintaining healthy community trees.

“Trees are a critical part of urban landscapes all across the United States,” said John
Rosenow, CEO of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Service providers like Sumter Electric
Cooperative show that taking care of trees is good for business, for customers and the broader

Rosenow noted that SECO achieved the designation by meeting five program standards of
Tree Line USA. Utilities must follow industry standards for quality tree care; provide annual
training for employees in best tree-care practices; sponsor a tree-planting and public education
program; maintain a tree-based energy conservation program; and participate in an Arbor Day

Jim Duncan, SECO CEO, said, “We are gratified to have received the Tree Line USA
designation for the seventh year in a row. The standards a utility must meet in order to attain
this national award from the Arbor Day Foundation are stringent and on-going. It is a credit to
SECO’s vegetation management program which has, itself, become a model for the nation.”

SECO serves over 185,000 member/customers in a 2,000 square mile service territory which
covers parts of Citrus, Sumter, Marion, Lake. Hernando, Pasco and Levy counties.

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