Protecting the Environment
Our employees are truly hands on when it comes to protecting the environment.
Employees at the Canton (OH) General Service Center came to the rescue of a kitten trapped inside the wheel well of a service vehicle. A note left in Ian Myers’ truck alerted him to the kitten’s whereabouts. Myers and his supervisor, Garrett Cilles, grabbed gloves and tools and set off to find the stowaway. After a game of hide and seek and some prodding, the cagy critter finally emerged unscathed from her hiding place. To make a happy-ending even happier, the Myers family adopted the little fur ball now called JuJu.
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, a barred owl chick named Doc found its way home with the help of an AEP bucket truck crew. Doc and his nest mate Marty appear on a Facebook page dedicated to area barred owls. Dana Huston, AEP Transmission, followed the story of Doc falling out of his home tree and being stuck about 40 feet high in another tree. Huston reached out to several coworkers to help the bird. A three-person crew retrieved Doc and returned him to his nest tree.
AEP also received recognition for its environmental stewardship: The first-ever Pollinator Electric Power Award and the Wildlife Habitat Council’s Conservation Certification. The Pollinator award, from the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), recognizes pollinator-friendly projects such as AEP’s collaboration with Dawes Arboretum near Newark, Ohio, to create a biodiverse prairie habitat along a transmission line right-of-way. Southwestern Electric Power Company’s Flint Creek Power Plant in Gentry, Arkansas, received Certified Silver status from the Wildlife Habitat Council. Approximately 700 acres of the power plant’s 1,600 acres are designated as wildlife habitat, including the 65-acre Eagle Watch Nature Trail, which has a half-mile walking trail and two wildlife-viewing pavilions.