NAPPC Pollinator Electric Power Award

This award is co-presented and sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

This initiative of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) recognizes electric power projects who are leading the field in pollinator‐friendly initiatives. This award adds to existing NAPPC award categories, including Pollinator Advocates, Pollinator Conservation Farmer-Ranchers, and Pollinator Roadside Managers. Learn more about other award categories here.

The Award
This award is eligible for Pollinator Electric Power Projects including, but not limited to utility rights-of-way, generation facilities (solar, wind, hydro, etc), substations, and surplus property. This award was developed by the NAPPC Pollinators on Managed Lands Task Force in conjunction with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). As a sponsor of the program, EPRI will not be represented on the award selection committee.

Please Note:

  • This award is for a SPECIFIC PROJECT. It is not for a company/agency as a whole. Please do not submit nomination forms for a collective set of efforts of an organization, as they will not be considered.
  • This NAPPC award is a notable award given only to highly deserving projects. If no deserving projects are nominated, NAPPC may choose to not provide any awards in this category.
  • NAPPC may request the top-ranking nominations to present to the selection committee.

Award Criteria – The following are the 4 primary considerations for the reviewers:

  1. Commitment to the pollinator project, including long-term maintenance plans.
  2. Vegetation management practices, including plant selection and site management.
  3. Education & Engagement, including use of signage and public outreach.
  4. Monitoring and measured benefit to pollinators.

Key Dates

  • Nomination Period: March 2021 – July 1, 2021
  • Deadline for Applications: July 1, 2021
  • Award Announced: Fall 2021


To nominate a project for the NAPPC Pollinator Electric Power Award, please complete the online nomination form below and submit your nomination by July 1st, 2021. Self-nominations are accepted.

Award Form

Past NAPPC Pollinator Electric Power Award Winners

2020 Award Winner

Study plot at The Dawes Arboretum

American Electric Power (AEP)

AEP is studying the substitution of native vegetation in place of traditional grasses to establish and maintain prairie habitat on typical transmission line upgrades while developing guidance and best management practices. Native prairie grasses and flowers may provide an improved alternate land use option that requires minimal maintenance once established. The native seeding approach can reduce erosion and provide drought-tolerant cover, while significantly improving the ecological value of rights-of-ways. Native seed mixes developed for AEP’s research projects include a variety of plants that attract pollinator species and support wildlife.

In one major research effort, AEP is collaborating with the nonprofit Dawes Arboretum (near Newark, Ohio) to create a biodiverse prairie habitat along a transmission line right-of-way. This approach may be a cost-effective way to fulfill electric utility vegetation management requirements while significantly improving the ecological value of the habitat. Researchers there are documenting rich biodiversity and monitoring habitat quality, erosion control and invasive tree growth. AEP also is involved with other sustainability-oriented pollinator initiatives and right- of-way vegetation management studies.

Tim Lohner and Amy Toohey, AEP environmental specialist consultants, accepted the award on AEP’s behalf at an Oct. 20, 2020, virtual ceremony during NAPPC’s annual conference hosted by the Pollinator Partnership and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.