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Blog | American Transmission Co. - Part 4

Deadline to apply to community planting programs is Sept. 30

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.

Seed mixes benefit pollinators

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.

ATC welcomes four Cristo Rey work-study students

Cristo Rey student Stephanie Hernandez will spend time working in corporate communications at ATC.

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!

ATC supports school supply drives in Wisconsin, Michigan

At American Transmission Co., we care about the families in our communities who need a little help sending their children back to school with the tools they need to be successful. Our employees participated in projects to help start the school year off right.

We answered phones during the WISN-TV Class Act School Drive held Aug. 14 to benefit The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County’s backpack initiative, raising more than $10,000 of their $50,000 goal during our shift.

In Green Bay, Wis., our employees contributed supplies and volunteered at the Service League of Green Bay Back-to-School Store.

Our Madison employees gathered and donated surplus supplies to Stuff the Bus events in McFarland, Sun Prairie and Potosi, Wis.

In Kingsford, Mich., employees are collecting school supplies and gift cards to purchase weekend food bags for students through the School Success program.

We are proud of our employees’ contributions to help students in their communities start the school year with the supplies they need so they can focus on learning and building positive relationships.

ATC interns lend a hand in United Way Day of Action

College interns from American Transmission Co. joined hundreds of interns from other area companies to volunteer at local organizations as part of the United Way Intern Day of Action on July 18.

ATC interns spent the day sorting and organizing donated clothing and hygiene items for the Hope Center in Waukesha, Wis. The Hope Center provides free quality clothing and meals for people in financial need.

“I thought that it was cool to see most of the interns from different educational backgrounds come together and help serve people that may not have a strong financial foundation in our community to get some much-needed clothes and essential items,” said our safety intern, David.

Our system operations intern, Melissa, said, “It was interesting to learn about the Hope Center and it felt good knowing that we were helping them out and making a difference in our community.”

Having our interns participate in this important volunteer activity provides an opportunity for them to gain valuable experience in the community we serve and expands the scope of what they learn in their roles at ATC.