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ATC supports STEM career pipeline at Milwaukee Academy of Science

Fence installation provides safer space for our future workforce to learn and play

Milwaukee, Wis. – While watching students with boundless energy play and listening to their happy voices, American Transmission Co. and Milwaukee Academy of Science celebrated the installation of a new playground fence supported by ATC. The company and school are partnering to provide MAS scholars opportunities to learn, play and develop the knowledge and skills for lifelong success.

“We value the partnership we have with Milwaukee Academy of Science and support the quality of education that the school provides to prepare students for higher education,” said ATC Vice President of External Affairs and Communications Greg Levesque. “When there is a need at the school, even something as seemingly simple as a fence matters to us because it makes a difference in the quality of the school environment. ATC is dedicated to STEM education and providing opportunities for students that lead to the skills needed to sustain our future workforce.”

“At ATC safety is our number one priority, and our contribution for this fence in partnership with Milwaukee Academy of Science is important to help create a safe space for the children so they can concentrate on what is important, and that is their education,” said ATC Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Mark Davis. “ATC is largely a STEM company, and graduates of the academy are part of our potential career pipeline. It would be a great thing if one of today’s four-year-old MAS students came to ATC and replaced me someday.”

MAS indicated the need for the fence in late 2021. The school wanted to enclose an area on the school grounds to be used safely for recess and outdoor learning for students. ATC answered the need with the funding necessary to complete the fence and it was installed in the summer of 2022.

“We’re fortunate to be in our seventh consecutive year of record enrollment, and with that comes the challenge of space. In particular, space for our young people to get out and play in a safe environment,” said MAS CEO Anthony McHenry. “This gift is tremendously helpful our school community to allow us to make use of some of the space that is available to us.

“ATC has been a partner of ours for many years,” McHenry continued. “And here we are growing our work together so that one day an MAS student will be an employee at ATC. I am confident of that.”

As the partnership between ATC and MAS continues to grow and flourish, so will the students who enjoy playing safely on their playground today.

To request digital images from the event, send an email to mediarelations@atcllc.com.

Watch the event video on YouTube.

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About Milwaukee Academy of Science

Milwaukee Academy of Science is a public charter school that serves over 1,400 K4-12th grade students from across the city. The school was established in 2000 by the head of the Medical College of Wisconsin and is located in Avenues West near Marquette University. The STEM-focused school aims to graduate urban students prepared to compete successfully at the postsecondary level. Visit our website at www.milwaukeeacademyofscience.org.

American Transmission Co. announces new board member and treasurer

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – American Transmission Co. today announced that Scott J. Lauber, president and chief executive officer of WEC Energy Group, has joined ATC’s board of directors, replacing J. Kevin Fletcher who retired from WEC Energy Group on June 1, 2022. Eric Lundberg, ATC’s vice president of finance, was named the company’s treasurer, a title previously held by Mike Hofbauer, ATC’s executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Lauber was named president and CEO of WEC Energy Group and appointed to the company’s board of directors in February 2022. He became president — We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service, Michigan Gas Utilities and Minnesota Energy Resources in January 2022, and president — Upper Michigan Energy Resources in February 2022. In the president roles, Lauber is responsible for business operations for WEC Energy Group’s utilities in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. Lauber joined Wisconsin Energy Corp. in 1990 and has held positions of increasing responsibility, including financial manager — distribution operations, and manager — corporate accounting and budgeting.

Lundberg serves as vice president, finance and treasurer at ATC. Lundberg joined ATC in 2013 and has served as an executive within the accounting and finance departments since 2017. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Houghton College and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Grow Smart at the library during national pollinator month

ATC offers pollinator education/youth STEM activities to over 500 libraries in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

PEWAUKEE – American Transmission Co. wants K-12 students to Grow Smart this summer. The company — in partnership with national gardening expert and author Melinda Myers, the Wisconsin Public Library System and the Upper Peninsula Region of Library Cooperation — is offering free pollinator education and STEM activities for K-12 youth and their families, along with live gardening webinars for adults during June 2022, which is National Pollinator Month.

The programming was made available to over 480 Wisconsin libraries and over 40 libraries in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. June is National Pollinator Month. The libraries can support the Grow Smart program with their own ideas, book lists and other activities.

 Grow Smart for pollinators

Nearly all of the world’s seed plants need pollinators — animals that cause a plant to make fruits or seeds by moving pollen from one part of a plant to another part to fertilize it. Visits from bees, beetles, birds, butterflies and other pollinators result in larger, more flavorful fruits and higher crop yields.

But pollinator populations are decreasing, mainly due to loss of habitat. Grow Smart and add native, pollinator-friendly plants to your yard to aid in their survival. Adding native plants doesn’t require a lot of space or even a lot of effort. Join us at your local library during June to learn more.

Youth videos and activities

ATC and Melinda Myers created three videos and accompanying STEM-based activities for K-12 students that are available through local libraries or at www.atc-GrowSmart.com/library.

  • Making and caring for a bee home
  • Native sunflower project
  • Growing a pollinator garden in a container

Also available on the website are additional youth gardening videos and a young gardener’s journal.

Live webinars for adults

Adults can register for three live webinars hosted by Melinda Myers who want to learn more about how to incorporate pollinators into their gardens and landscaping.

  • June 1, 2022, 6:30 p.m. – Creating a pollinator paradise
  • June 15, 2022, 7:00 p.m. – Supporting native bees
  • June 22, 2022, 6:30 p.m. – Maintaining your landscape with pollinators in mind

 Library patrons can register for the webinars at www.atc-GrowSmart.com/library. The webinars will be recorded and available on ATC’s YouTube channel for viewing shortly after the live webinars. View or download the Grow Smart Pollinator Guide for suggestions on a variety of native, pollinator-friendly plants.

ATC’s pollinator habitat support

ATC is uniquely positioned to help establish pollinator habitat because of the over 10,000 miles of transmission line right-of-way we manage. Roughly 40% of the rights-of-way we manage may currently serve as suitable habitat for pollinators and our practices help make these areas suitable for pollinators.

The four-acre native prairie surrounding ATC’s Pewaukee, Wis., headquarters is certified as a native landscape by the Wildlife Habitat Council and we have helped over 30 entities that allow public access to our rights-of-way develop roughly 275 acres of pollinator habitat through our Pollinator Habitat grant program since 2017.

American Transmission Co. announces promotion

PEWAUKEE, Wis. — American Transmission Co. has named Greg Levesque vice president of external affairs and communications.

In this newly created position, Levesque will oversee policy, government affairs, real estate, environmental, customer relations, interconnection services, local relations and corporate communications.

Since joining ATC in 2003, Levesque has overseen several departments related to his current role, most recently as director of corporate communications, policy and strategy beginning in 2020.

Prior to joining ATC, Levesque worked as a regulatory analyst at law firms in Madison and Chicago. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin School of Business.

Outside of his ATC duties, Levesque serves on the Community Board of Directors for the Clean Lakes Alliance in Madison and the American Cancer Society Coaches vs. Cancer Board of Ambassadors.

Construction complete for Port Washington-Saukville Rebuild Project

Transmission modifications strengthen regional electric reliability, operating flexibility

 

PEWAUKEE, Wis. – ATC has completed construction of the Port Washington-Saukville Rebuild Project. This project included a 4.8-mile, 138,000-volt transmission line rebuild, along with modifications at the Port Washington Substation in Port Washington, Wis., and Saukville Substation in Saukville, Wis.

Initially identified in ATC’s 10-Year Assessment in 2009, this $25 million infrastructure investment strengthens electric transmission reliability in the southeast Wisconsin area and improves operating flexibility under certain system conditions. The project was officially placed into service Dec. 18, 2021.

The prior H-frame structures were replaced with 41 galvanized steel single-pole structures and new wires, transitioning the line from a single circuit to a double circuit. The replacement process took place in phases. ATC’s contractor, M.J. Electric, began construction in spring 2020 to coincide with system and operational maintenance activities. 

“In addition to new wires, we also installed fiber optic wire, which will provide high-speed data to our system operations center,” said Jon Meiers, senior project manager.

Substation work at the Port Washington Substation included the addition of a control house and perimeter fencing. A portion of the Saukville Substation also was upgraded, and line positions were changed.

Restoration along the right-of-way will initiate in the coming weeks and is expected to be complete this spring.

A map of the project can be viewed here.