Students learn from Yongsan environmental office
February 23, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- Students from the University of Seoul were given a first-hand look at how the US Army Garrison Yongsan manages environmental requirements during a seminar held by the Directorate of Public Works Feb. 21.
William Rogers, the Chief of DPW Environmental Division, sponsored the event as a means to reach out to the Community and to the future professionals of South Korea's environmental sector. He arranged the seminar with the help of Kim Shin-do, a Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering at Seoul University.
The Yongsan Conference Center was the first stop for the day, where DPW Environmental staff prepared to give the students a brief on the steps the Army takes to help sustain the environment. Henry Stuart, the Deputy to the Garrison Commander, was on hand to open the seminar.
"You students -- masters and doctoral candidates -- are the future Korean environmental professionals," Stuart said.
The briefs followed, giving the students an idea of the rules and systems put in place by the United States Government and the Status of Forces Agreement regarding environmental management on post. Though Rogers briefed his portion in English, the other presenters from the division spoke in Korean.
The briefs then led into lunch at the R&R Bar and Grill, where the students were given the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the members of the Command Group and DPW team.
After lunch, a guided tour of the Cultural and Historic Resources on Yongsan was given by Kwon O-pong, pointing out areas on post dating back to as early as 1908. During the tour, the group was given access to the Hazardous Materials Control Center, where all hazardous materials on post are carefully managed from distribution on a by-need basis to disposal in accordance with USFK regulations.
The tour ended with a quick question and answer session, though the students did not ask much. Lee, Jae-young, a Professor of the Department of Environmental Engineering at Seoul University said that the program impressed him, and that it would be useful for the future environmental engineers.