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. 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.


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Managing Invasive Species and Promoting Native Vegetation


Responsible management of the natural space under and around transmission corridors can accomplish more than the main objective of maintaining safe and reliable electric service. This work can result in diverse, stable, natural greenways where grasses, wildflowers and low-growing shrubs thrive, and with less environmental disturbance. ITC's environmental team has developed protocols for reducing the potential spread of invasive species and for managing invasives should they become established in our transmission corridors.

 

ITC Warehouse Rain Gardens


ITC has installed rain gardens featuring native plants at three warehouses in Iowa and Michigan to help address the environmental issue of stormwater runoff. Precipitation runoff from urban rooftops, driveways, yards and streets can carry pollutants directly to rivers and streams without any treatment. Learn more.

Pollinator habitat creation and restoration  


Pollinators play a role in more than one-third of the world's crop production. ITC is restoring and converting portions of its transmission corridors and other properties to native grasses and forbs, with an emphasis on providing habitat for pollinators such as butterflies, bees and birds. Learn more.

Planning and constructing transmission

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When planning transmission projects, we include environmental assessments and apply best practices for wetlands, threatened and endangered species and other sensitive habitats. By incorporating these factors in the beginning, we can adjust the placement or timing of construction to avoid or limit the environmental impact.

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.


Native Prairie Restoration

 

ITC is supporting work by states and local communities to address declines in natural lands and habitats, including native prairies. Native prairie ecosystems – large, open areas of grassland which support a vast number of plants and animals – have been virtually eliminated from their historic range across the Midwest. Learn more.

Vegetation Management Field Education

 

ITC’s environmental team conducts annual sessions focusing on field identification of rare plant and wildlife species, the vegetation characterizing their preferred habitats, and unique landscape ecosystems. Invasive species identification and recognition of common native plant species typical of different ecosystem types also are addressed. Learn more.

Vegetation Management

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 about our approach to vegetation management

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Recognition

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
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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.