Army Environmental Programs

What is it? The Army's environmental programs encompass a broad range of installation efforts that sustain Soldier training and readiness, protect natural resources, and provide a healthy environment for Soldiers, their families and surrounding communities. The Army Strategy for the Environment establishes a long-range vision that enables the Army to meet its mission today and into the future. Sustainability is the foundation for this Strategy and a paradigm that focuses on thinking to address both present and future needs while strengthening community partnerships that improve our ability to organize, equip, train, and deploy our Soldiers as part of the joint force.

What has the Army done?

What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?Another innovation is a unique program created to protect the vital functions of training ranges from incompatible land uses outside installation boundaries. The Army is leveraging legislative authority provided by the 2003 Defense Authorization Act to establish buffer areas near active training and testing areas through partnerships with government and private organizations. To date, more than 45,000 acres of land have been protected through the Army Compatible Use Buffers (ACUB) program at nine installations across the country, and another 10 installations are in the process of completing ACUBs. These buffers will help assure the long-term viability of training on Army installations. The Army will continue to champion programs such as ACUBs in order to support the triple bottom line of mission, community and environment.

Why is this important to the Army?Simply complying with environmental regulations will not ensure the Army will be able to meet current and future mission requirements. Effective policies and practices that safeguard the environment while enhancing readiness and quality of life must be implemented in order to sustain the future Army. The Army's environmental programs incorporate sustainability into all functional areas and ensure that the Army can sustain the mission and secure the future.

 

For additional information on the U.S. Army Environmental Center or on U.S. Army Installation Sustainability.