IRVING, Texas — July 25, 2017 — As a leader in environmental stewardship and reclamation excellence, Luminant is proud to receive recognition today from the Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents for the company’s advancement of environmental education. Luminant has partnered with SFA for nearly 50 years, providing more than $1.2 million to support environmental research, teacher workshops, scholarships, and student internships, among other programs.
“Luminant’s longstanding partnership with SFA exemplifies our joint commitment to pioneer new research and achieve industry-leading environmental processes,” said Kim Mireles, senior director of Luminant environmental services. “In fact, our programs with SFA have paid for themselves multiple times over, helping influence Luminant’s environmental policies, lowering operational costs, and establishing industry-wide best practices for mining, power generation, and land reclamation.”
Luminant’s Environmental Research Program is the centerpiece of the company’s educational outreach initiatives and provides graduate students with the opportunity to conduct independent research on soils, groundwater, wildlife, vegetation, fisheries in power plant reservoirs, and other topics critical for successful reclamation of mined land. Since 1971, Luminant has awarded more than $5 million in funding for the completion of approximately 110 graduate student theses and dissertations, including nearly 25 studies for SFA students.
“Our programs with Luminant are some of the best examples of experiential learning,” said Dr. Hans Williams, dean of SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. “When our students see the mining process firsthand, they’re developing an appreciation of how scientifically based reclamation and reforestation practices can enhance the landscape. Thanks in part to this partnership, our graduates are true leaders in their field of study and in the workplace. We’re honored to recognize Luminant for going above and beyond to support our educational programs, along with students’ academic and professional development.”
Results from the Environmental Research Program have helped Luminant create innovative reclamation practices, which have been recognized with over 90 awards. For more than 45 years, Luminant has set the standard in reclamation of mined land, restoring more than 80,000 acres, planting over 39 million trees, and creating or enhancing more than 6,200 acres of wetlands, ponds, and stream channels.
Learn more about the Environmental Research Program’s history, research successes, and long-term benefits. Also, see how Luminant’s partnership with SFA and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is taking wild turkey restoration efforts to new heights at the company’s Oak Hill Mine in Rusk County.
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Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra Energy (NYSE: VST), is a competitive power generation business, including mining, wholesale marketing and trading, and development operations. Luminant has nearly 17,000 megawatts of generation in Texas, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. Luminant is a large purchaser of renewable power including wind and solar-generated electricity and is currently developing one of the largest solar facilities in Texas by capacity. Vistra Energy is a premier Texas-based energy company focused on the competitive energy and power generation markets through operation as the largest retailer of electricity and generator in the growing Texas market. Visit luminant.com and vistraenergy.com for additional information.