Success Stories: Utilities, Communities, and the New Culture
Never before have our Urban Forests been more important. Currently 80% of the population in North America is living in urban areas, and utilities have more interaction with Public Trees than all other agencies combined. Northern Indiana Public Service Company, a Tree Line USA utility since the start of the program, has created a UVM program focused on customer and community partnership. Come see how we create magic in our service area through proper standards of care, community focused plantings, and positive customer interaction.
Ms. Nichols is an ISA certified arborist/utility specialist with ArborMetrics Solutions. Contracted with Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) for the past 5 years, Ms. Nichols has enjoyed the incredible variety that comes with working in the utility industry. She holds a degree from Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame (Indiana) and completed post-graduate studies in Environmental and Cultural Heritage Management at University College Dublin (Ireland). While hired as a work planner, her duties have grown to include community outreach, education, and special projects coordination. She also serves on the board of the Indiana Urban Forest Council. Plans for the next year include contributing to a major research project, increasing her activities as a #RAKtivist, and continuing to care for the Urban Forest.