Awards & Partnerships
VELCO is grateful to earn the recognition and partnership of these groups through our employees’ passion, creativity and performance.
Right-of-Way Stewardship Council Accreditation (2013)
The Right-of-Way Stewardship Council (ROWSC) is an accreditation program that establishes rigorous standards for responsible right-of-way vegetation management, initially focused on high-voltage electric transmission corridors throughout America. VELCO’s 700 miles plus of right-of-way resources weave through Vermont’s working and conserved landscape of forest, farm, mountain and neighborhood communities that require a flexible vegetation management program. VELCO and a western U.S. utility are the first utilities in the nation to earn this certification.
Tree Line USA (2007—2015)
The Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters, recognizes public and private utilities that demonstrate practices that protect and enhance America's urban forests. The Tree Line USA program promotes the dual goals of safe, reliable electric service and abundant, healthy trees across utility service areas. VELCO is recognized for our commitment to quality vegetation management practices, sound environmental stewardship, and educating both landowners and members of the public about proper tree care.
Cooperative Conservation Award (2008)
The U.S. Department of the Interior recognized VELCO with an Outstanding Conservation Achievement for the Northern Woodcock Initiative. The Northern Forest Woodcock Initiative is represented by more than 25 partners with a pledge to conserve and recover the American woodcock, a small bird that prefers dense vegetation. The species has declined substantially in recent decades with the loss of young forest and shrub land habitats. The award recognizes the partnership's vision and leadership in developing a highly collaborative and effective wildlife recovery effort—particularly our work in the Northeast Kingdom within the Phase II line corridor.
Energy for Wildlife (2007, 2011)
The National Wild Turkey Federation's Energy for Wildlife program helps the utility industry manage millions of miles right-of-way and other properties that could potentially provide ideal habitat for a number of wildlife species. VELCO rights-of-way provide great habitat for wild turkeys, and several other wildlife species.
Governor’s Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety (2008, 2010)
The Governor's Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety is sponsored by the Vermont Department of Labor, the Vermont Safety & Health Council and the Vermont Small Business Development Center. A commitment to workplace safety not only protects employees and community members, but allows the participants to reap benefits of reduced costs. VELCO's safety program helps us improve employee morale and productivity, and lower workers' compensation and medical costs.
5x5x5 Growth Award (Since 2008)
Since 1987 Vermont Business Magazine (VBM) has published the “Vermont 100-plus,”an annual ranking of Vermont's largest local businesses based on annual revenues. From this data, VBM and KeyBank developed the 5x5x5 Growth Awards to honor the five fastest growing companies over the past five years by ranking the business in five major subcategories. In 2012, in honor of the 5x5x5 award's tenth anniversary, a special category was established to honor the ten fasted growing companies over the last ten years. The business sectors include construction, manufacturing, technology and service.
Best Places to Work in Vermont (2009, 2010, 2011)
The Best Places to Work in Vermont project is a statewide program managed by Best Companies Group who conduct a simple yet thorough company assessment. The voluntary assessment is a two-part process designed to gather detailed data about employer benefits and policies as well as employee engagement and satisfaction. This exciting initiative is dedicated to identifying and recognizing Vermont's best employers.
PMI Distinguished Project of the Year (2008)
The Project Management Institute (PMI) recognized VELCO's 370 Line Project as the Distinguished Project of the Year for having “met or exceeded stated objectives, promoting project management concepts, techniques, practices or theories through the effective application of project management principles, and because the project demonstrated sound application of methods in the areas of teambuilding and communications.”
Through partnerships we achieve community.
VELCO has been Vermont’s reliability resource for over 55 years. That longstanding success is in large part due to strong partnerships created within the Vermont community. Partnerships allow us to tap into the knowledge and innovation of local people and organizations that share common ground in order to forge solutions for our energy future that enjoy broad-based support.
Many of our initiatives are a result of alliances and collaboration with a wide variety of institutions, agencies and organizations.
Vermont Business Environmental Partner (Since 2007)
The goals of the Partnership are to actively encourage improved environmental and economic performance and to promote public recognition of environmental excellence.
VELCO is committed to protecting the health and safety of our employees and the environment of Vermont. VELCO seeks and implements solutions that reduce or eliminate waste, conserve energy and natural resources, practice and promote recycling, and avoid or reduce the use of toxic products.
Partnerships with other Vermont utilities
- Castleton State College
- Norwich University
- Lyndon State College
- University of Vermont
- Vermont Law School
- Vermont Technical College
- Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Environmental groups and agencies
- Agency of Natural Resources
- Conservation Law Foundation
- Nature Conservancy
- Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
- Vermont Land Trust
- Associated Industries of Vermont
- Renewable Energy Vermont
- Vermont Association of Snow Travelers
- Vermont Business Roundtable
- Vermont Council on Rural Development
- Vermont Telecommunications Authority
- Vermont Telephone Company