Saving Money, Saving the Environment

By WEEK Reporter

November 15, 2011 Updated Nov 15, 2011 at 10:35 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill.-- Caterpillar is saving $50,000 annually while cutting down emissions through a prairie project at their East Peoria facility.

Caterpillar, along with Ameren and The National Wild Turkey Federation, have teamed up to restore 20 acres into native prairie vegetation.

The land is a right of way for Ameren power lines and is maintained by CAT.

"This area here took care of a significant area of turf grass that we were moving before," said Joe Lee, environmental professional at Caterpillar. "It takes money, it takes gas, you've got emission from the mowers. By converting this to prairie we're able to save money and create an environment that's better for the natural habitat."

There is also converted prairie land at the Mossville plant and Mossville Tech Center.