Blog | American Transmission Co.
It’s National Drive Electric Week, and at American Transmission Co., we drive green all year long.
Three years ago, ATC purchased a small fleet of Chevrolet Volts as part of a grassroots effort by employees to find a more environmentally friendly option for company travel.
Called REVs, the vehicles save fuel, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce costs. ATC provides charging stations at its offices for use by both the REV fleet and employees’ personal electric vehicles.
One of those employees, Erika, shared that her family has owned plug-in hybrid vehicles for about five years. Both she and her husband currently drive electric vehicles.
“We were interested in electric vehicles as a significant way of reducing our carbon footprint,” she said. “Since investing in these vehicles, we have discovered several additional benefits.”
Both cars are quiet, and Erika’s hybrid averages about 70 mph over the course of the year – higher in summer and lower in winter. She’s grateful for the opportunity to charge her vehicle at ATC.
“At this point, we would not have it any other way and look forward to being fully electric in the future,” she said.
American Transmission Co. is committed to helping bolster science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, courses in schools. Employees visit middle and high schools throughout ATC’s footprint to share their own stories about successful careers in STEM. ATC also helps schools design projects that give students real-world experience solving engineering problems.
We are a proud partner of Milwaukee Public Schools and their Adopt-a-School Program. Our Fairview School is a K-8 school that educates using STEM curriculum in all grade levels. Since 2017, we have worked with Fairview to support classroom projects, tours of our headquarters and provide industry career education for students.
Last year, several ATC employees supported STEM Forward’s Future City Competition, a national program that encourages students to use STEM to solve real-world problems. The challenge to students was to design a city that addressed age-related accessibility issues. Students created a virtual city, wrote a 1,500-word essay, created a physical model and drafted a project plan.
Our employees enjoy these opportunities to share their expertise and support the education of future engineers and industry experts.
Trees and vegetation are among the features that make communities special places for residents and visitors. American Transmission Co. offers two ways for applicants to create green spaces by planting vegetation: the Community Planting Program and the Pollinator Habitat Program.
ATC’s Community Planting Program encourages the growth of trees or tall growing vegetation the smart way – a safe distance away from electric transmission lines. This program provides financial support to eligible cities, villages, towns, counties and tribes in our service area for planting projects on public property, outside transmission line rights-of-way.
ATC’s Pollinator Habitat Program provides funding for site preparation; purchasing seed, plugs or plants; labor and installation; or other activities to establish quality pollinator habitat within a transmission line right-of-way. This type of compatible vegetation can thrive within transmission line rights‑of‑way, making utility corridors ideal for pollinators – which benefit from the utility corridor as a flight path. Cities, villages, towns, counties, tribes and entities that allow public access to ATC rights-of-way (e.g. nature preserves, non-profits or public land managers) within ATC’s service area are eligible to apply for financial support of projects through the Pollinator Habitat Program.
Awards range from $100 to $5,000, based on funding. More information about how these programs work can be found here. Applications are due Sept. 30, 2019, and recipients will be selected and notified by the end of the calendar year.
Low-growing perennial forbs and grasses can grow and thrive within transmission line rights-of-way. Following transmission line construction in designated areas, ATC works with our environmental contractors to plant seed mixes that generate vegetation that is compatible with the rights-of-way and also benefits pollinators.
In partnership with horticulturist and gardening expert Melinda Myers, we’ve put together two guides to identify vegetation that is similar to what we plant in our rights-of-way. The plants in these guides have deep root systems that will beautify your property and help attract bees, butterflies and birds. Sustainable rights-of-way with compatible plant communities such as the ones we suggest also can help ATC’s cyclical vegetation management program, which is needed to help keep the lines safe and reliable.
View or print the Grow Smart® Planting Guide or Grow Smart® Pollinator Guide at atc-GrowSmart.com.
For the second year in a row, American Transmission Co. has welcomed four students from Milwaukee’s Cristo Rey Jesuit High School to our Pewaukee office. The students are part of Cristo Rey’s unique work-study program, which enables students to earn a portion of their educational costs by working at area companies.
The students began working at ATC the week of Aug. 19 and will continue until mid-June 2020. Each student works one day per week helping out with entry-level tasks in three departments: information technology, human resources and corporate communications.
Through the program, the students gain valuable experience in professional work environments, and ATC benefits from their help. At ATC, we care about the communities we serve, and we’re happy to help develop the area’s talent pool for the future. Welcome Cristo Rey students!