Pine Bend Refinery | Rosemount, MN
  • People of Pine Bend

    Renee Smith Process Safety Management Engineer

    Bluebird enthusiast

    Minnesota’s bluebirds are fortunate to have a friend like Renee Smith.

    Renee spearheaded a project to monitor 20 artificial bluebird nesting structures located on a prairie ecosystem on the refinery property. This undertaking was started voluntarily by Renee and a group of Flint Hills employees who are passionate about animals and wildlife. Thanks to Renee, more than 50 baby bluebirds successfully leave their nests each year. The volunteer team takes their work seriously and reports annual results to the Minnesota Bluebird Recovery Program.

    “If I’m doing my little part here, maybe I can do my little part somewhere else, too, and maybe encourage other people to do their part,” says Renee. “We’ll hopefully make our world an environmentally better place.”

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