Excerpt from: Libertyville Review (click for full article)
Fifty-two-year-old Michael Kurschner, a resident of Lambs Farm in Libertyville, has a new role among his peers.
Kurschner, who has a high-functioning developmental disability, was chosen to be the ambassador for a new ComEd program, a first-ever energy-efficiency program designed for and taught by individuals with developmental disabilities.
During his year-long term, he will teach fellow residents about energy-efficient practices, earning a stipend in the process.
“Michael was chosen for this role because he is a very gifted speaker and is really good at being able to break things down for others,” said Lambs Farm Communications Coordinator Jackie Rachev.
Each organization nominated an individual to serve as an ambassador for the program. Their responsibilities include performing interactive presentations and providing citizens within their organizations with energy-saving tips to better manage use and cut energy costs.
“We’re not just helping customers save money on their electric bills,” said ComEd Spokeswoman Martha Swaney. “We’re helping to create a more sustainable future for the communities we serve.”