Full-Circle Environmental Stewardship

In the course of our daily work, ITC integrates a sustainable approach to the environment, enabling us to contribute to the well-being of the communities we serve.  This ethic begins in our workplaces and extends to building, operating and maintaining our transmission systems.

Our commitment to environmental sustainability

Environmental Management System:  Our environmental stewardship activities are driven by an ISO-14,001-based environmental management system across our operations.

Our environmental program in action

Stewardship at Work

Our commitment to the environment starts with our employees, who have embraced waste reduction, conservation and habitat projects across ITC. Learn more:

Managing Invasive Species and Promoting Native Vegetation
ITC Warehouse Rain Gardens
Pollinator Habitat Creation and Restoration


Planning and Constructing Transmission


When planning transmission projects, we include environmental assessments and apply best practices for wetlands, threatened and endangered species and other sensitive habitats. Learn more:

Threatened and Endangered Species Program
Watch a video from the Huron River Watershed Council about the Osprey's Return to the Huron

Operating and Maintaining Transmission

Responsible management of the natural space under and around transmission corridors accomplishes more than the main objective of maintaining safe and reliable electric service: This work results in diverse, stable, natural greenways where grasses, wildflowers and low-growing shrubs thrive. Learn more:

Vegetation Management Field Education
Native Prairie Restoration

Vegetation Management

Vegetation helicopter inspection

Trees and high-voltage power lines are a hazardous combination, so ITC maintains an integrated vegetation management program to protect electric reliability and public safety. Learn more:

ITC’s Vegetation Management brochure
Compatible Plantings
Learn more about our approach to vegetation management


ITC has been widely recognized for its commitment to environmental stewardship, and has been honored by the Arbor Day Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Iowa and Michigan Departments of Natural Resources, and the Wildlife Habitat Council, among others. Learn more:

Conservation Certifications

Tree Line USA

Fleet Vehicle Idle Policy

ITC Fleet Truck

It Only Takes 10 Minutes to Make a Difference

10 minutes per day. That’s all it takes to make a huge difference for the environment.

In 2014, ITC implemented a Fleet Vehicle Idle Policy designed to reduce operational costs, decrease adverse environmental impacts, and further ITC’s commitment to responsible business practices by reducing idling by 10 minutes per day per vehicle. The policy applies to all light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, and off-road equipment. The result? In the last year, ITC has reduced excessive idles (defined as events greater than 30 minutes) by about 50%, thereby reducing diesel fuel consumption by more than 10,000 gallons.

All vehicles emit chemicals and particulates that are harmful to human health in the course of normal operation. Reducing idle time greatly decreases the amount of dangerous emissions, which increase the overall environmental performance of the company and decreases harmful environmental effects to the public and employees.

We understand that we cannot eliminate all idles, but we can aim to eliminate the unnecessary idling of our vehicles. Some vehicles require the engine to run in order for certain ancillary equipment to operate, such as the boom/bucket on a bucket truck. Essentially, every effort should be made to limit idling.