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ComEd Hosts 4th Annual Icebox Derby

​In August, ComEd sponsored the annual Icebox Derby, which gathers young women from across Chicago and ComEd employees to transform old refrigerators from ComEd’s recycling program into solar-powered race cars that compete to win the Icebox Derby STEM Cup.

The Derby was created in 2014 to educate and empower young women to explore opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Six teams race their newly converted race cars around the Chicago Picasso at Daley Plaza.

"We developed the Icebox Derby to expose young women to a unique STEM experience and learn from ComEd mentors about their journey to a STEM-focused career," said Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd. "Working together, they've done amazing work to prepare for the Icebox Derby race. We're hoping that these young women will be inspired by this experience, the work of their mentors and team members and continue on a STEM pathway, and one day come back to work for ComEd. They are our workforce of the future."

Now in its fourth year, the program saw more than 230 girls apply to join in 2017. Each Icebox Derby contestant also received a $2500 scholarship for completing the program and the first place winners received a laptop.

Attendees of the Icebox Derby Race Day event included Anne Pramaggiore, along with several other ComEd executives and Icebox Derby team mentors, local business and community leaders, and elected officials, as well as an audience of contestants' family and friends and the general public.

ComEd’s refrigerator and freezer recycling program picks up old, working fridge or freezer for free, and recycle it in an environmentally responsible way, plus send the customer a check for $50. More than 339,000 refrigerators and freezers have been recycled through this program.

This is just one example of how electric companies use creative recycling methods to help customers save money, while also benefiting the environment.