For Immediate Release
Contact: Anne Smith
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., February 11, 2015 – URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC (UCOR) is proud to announce Ken Rueter, President and Project Manager of UCOR, the Department of Energy’s cleanup contractor for the East Tennessee Technology Park, has been named to the City of Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Advisory Board.
Rueter was selected because of his strong interest in the environment and in contributing to the ability of Oak Ridge citizens to enjoy outdoor recreational opportunities over the long term. He is an avid biker, trail runner and hiker and enjoys the opportunities that the city’s parks and recreational areas provide in pursuing a healthy lifestyle.
“I recognize the importance of recreational facilities like those in Oak Ridge – from the dog park to the marina – and the opportunities they create for all citizens as well as the economic and growth potential it provides the City of Oak Ridge,” Rueter said. “I want to help maintain and improve the good things that are already here and promote and advance new opportunities for the future.”
Rueter has spent most of his career working to clean up contaminated sites owned by the Department of Energy and utilized for national security purposes. This includes assignments at Savannah River in South Carolina, Hanford, Washington, Idaho Falls, and Oak Ridge, where he has managed large projects and budgets.
Rueter currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Knoxville-based Legacy Parks Foundation, a non-profit organization working to ensure that the East Tennessee community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces and that these assets exist for generations to come. Since 2007, Legacy Parks has raised over $3 million for parks and has helped save more than 1,000 acres of land.
He also holds a trail builders and planner certificate from the International Mountain Bike Association and was the developer of a 10-mile trail network as part of the Aiken County Park System in South Carolina.