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Department of the Interior recognizes BLM-Alaska employee as Sustainability Hero


Department of the Interior (DOI) recognizes BLM-Alaska's Kurt Sorenson as a Sustainability Hero - In a Nov. 3 ceremony in Washington, D. C., the DOI presented a 2011 Department of the Interior Environmental Achievement Award for Sustainability Hero to Kurt Sorenson (Ret.) of the Glennallen Field Office. These awards recognize departmental employees and partners who have attained exceptional achievements under Executive Order 13514 "Federal Leadership in Environment, Energy, and Economic Performance" and for cleaning up contaminated land. The award categories are: Sustainability Hero; Green Innovations; Lean, Clean, and Green; Good Neighbor; Green Dream Team; Building the Future; and Environmental Remediation.

Kurt is a life-long sustainability hero - reusing, reducing, and recycling to conserve the environment and save money. Kurt was the only facility maintenance staff in that part of rural Alaska where eight months of the year are referred to as winter. For 28 years, Kurt worked to keep buildings open, efficient and functioning. He recycled everything and what he didn't recycle locally, he stored until he could make the 200 mile trip to the city. He is a quiet hero that taught by doing. For additional information about Kurt and the Sustainability Heroes award go to http://www.doi.gov/greening/awards/2011/env2011awards.html

The BLM manages 253 million acres â€" more land than any other federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including 75 million acres in Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLMâ€TMs multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.


BLM-Alaska Office of Communications   222 W 7th Ave. #13      Anchorage, AK 99513-7504  

Last updated: 11-15-2011

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