• Fort Hood is the home of III Corps Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Army Division West, 13 Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, and several separate Brigades along with a host of Brigade and Battalion sized tenant units and organizations. The environmental staff focuses their efforts on air quality, energy management, pollution prevention, recycling and water quality, which the installation's environmental management system has determined are the environmental quality aspects that most affect the mission and quality of life of the installation's Soldiers and other inhabitants. On an installation of 340 square miles of land that supports more than 395,000 people, it takes everyone's involvement to achieve a greener and sustainable future.

    III Corps Headquarters at Fort Hood

    Fort Hood is the home of III Corps Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Army Division West, 13 Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, and several separate Brigades along with a host of Brigade and Battalion sized tenant...

  • Successful pollution prevention projects are collocated in an area of the installation referred to as the Environmental Corner.  A tanker purge facility, mobile kitchen trailer/compact kitchen wash bay, JP-8/oil/anti-freeze recycle center and water pretreatment system are some of the P2 projects in the corner.  Fort Hood's purge facility has saved approximately1,944 Soldier man hours and 4,485,000 gallons of water from being discharged into the sanitary sewer.

    Environmental Corner showcases P2 projects

    Successful pollution prevention projects are collocated in an area of the installation referred to as the Environmental Corner. A tanker purge facility, mobile kitchen trailer/compact kitchen wash bay, JP-8/oil/anti-freeze recycle center and water...

  • The Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Partnership was launched at Fort Hood's Earth Fest event on April 24, 2009 with a memorandum of understanding signing with surrounding communities.  In January 2010, a Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Conference was hosted, and Central Texas citizens joined their City Mayors, Garrison Commander, and other local, state, and federal stakeholders to learn more about sustainability.  The partnership has led to a regional recycling feasibility study and regional recycling forum that will be open to the public November 2011.

    Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Conference

    The Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Partnership was launched at Fort Hood's Earth Fest event on April 24, 2009 with a memorandum of understanding signing with surrounding communities. In January 2010, a Cen-Tex Sustainable Communities Conference was...

  • The Environmental Compliance Assessment Team (ECAT) is charged with spreading the word about environmental stewardship and the Environmental Management System to all levels of personnel throughout the installation.  During FY10 and FY11, ECAT conducted 212 formal assessments, 154 courtesy assessments, 864 assistance visits, 93 environmental briefs, 191 facility closeouts for all units and organizations on Fort Hood and trained 4665 Soldiers, civilians, and contractors. Fort Hood's ECAT helps Soldiers and civilians find solutions and achieve environmental success by ensuring their customers are informed of Fort Hood's environmental regulations and policies, and receive required training.

    Fort Hood's ECAT tells the environmental stewardship story

    The Environmental Compliance Assessment Team (ECAT) is charged with spreading the word about environmental stewardship and the Environmental Management System to all levels of personnel throughout the installation. During FY10 and FY11, ECAT conducted...

  • Each year in April, Fort Hood hosts an Earth Day event to bring awareness that environmental stewardship is important at all levels from the Family members, Soldiers, civilians, and leaders of the installation's many divisions and Directorates.  The 2010 and 2011 Earth Fest event reached out to more than 30,000 people and 2,600 students!  More than 35 different exhibits educated students and the Fort Hood community about recycling, renewable energy resources, endangered species, natural resources, water conservation, and other environmental topics.

    Fort Hood's Earth Fest

    Each year in April, Fort Hood hosts an Earth Day event to bring awareness that environmental stewardship is important at all levels from the Family members, Soldiers, civilians, and leaders of the installation's many divisions and Directorates. The...

  • In September 2010, more than 150 students from the Central Texas Keystone and Torch clubs participated in a leadership conference that included a community service project to paint environmental murals on 30-foot-long roll-off recycle containers.  The community service project was a partnership between the Boys and Girls Club, DPW Environmental, Recycle Center, and the Child, Youth and School Services.  The recycle containers are used at recycle drop off points at the Clear Creek and Warrior Way Commissaries and are reminders to the Fort Hood community to recycle.

    Central Texas Keystone and Torch Leadership Conference

    In September 2010, more than 150 students from the Central Texas Keystone and Torch clubs participated in a leadership conference that included a community service project to paint environmental murals on 30-foot-long roll-off recycle containers. The...

  • The word 'scale' and the explanation beside each letter reminds those who live, work and play on the installation of their responsibilities.  Stop pollution.  Continue improvements.  Assure compliance.  Leadership is committed.  Everyone is involved.

    SCALE

    The word 'scale' and the explanation beside each letter reminds those who live, work and play on the installation of their responsibilities. Stop pollution. Continue improvements. Assure compliance. Leadership is committed. Everyone is involved.

A picture of a soldier holding a scale balancing a Bradley Fighting Vehicle on one side with the Earth on the other portrays the installation's goal to balance mission and environmental requirements.

The word 'scale' and the explanation beside each letter reminds those who live, work and play on the installation of their responsibilities. Stop pollution. Continue improvements. Assure compliance. Leadership is committed. Everyone is involved.

This logo and slogan isn't just a marketing tool, it's a way of life on Fort Hood where everyone has a role in the success of the installation's environmental programs. That success was recognized in January when they won both the installation and team Environmental Quality categories in the Secretary of the Army's 2011 Environmental Awards Program.

"The environmental division has many programs that focus on enhancing mission readiness and environmental excellence on the installation," Steve Burrow, Chief, Environmental Programs said. "We take advantage of opportunities to educate and engage Soldiers and their Families to take responsibility for improving their community and serving as environmental stewards."

A well-implemented and integrated environmental management system (EMS) helps Soldiers, civilians and contractors systematically identify environmental vulnerabilities, document current procedures and identify potential process-improvements of benefit to the environment.

When the installation was selected as a Net Zero Waste installation in 2011, they re-wrote their EMS objectives to include that initiative. Cross-functional teams were established, and again the EMS helped manage the changes needed to accomplish the revised goals and objectives.

On an installation that supports almost 400,000 people, it takes everyone's involvement to remain green and sustainable. Environmental successes are visible throughout the installation.

An area of the installation known as the "Environmental Corner" showcases successfulpollution prevention projects like the Tanker Purge Facility which cleans fuel and recycles water, re-using it many times before flushing, filtering and storing it in a holding tank where the oil and water is separated and re-used again.

Another success in the "Environmental Corner" is the facility that enables easier cleaning of tactical kitchens and prevents more than 1.7 million gallons of polluted water from entering the sanitary sewer. The final success highlighted in the corner is the JP-8/Antifreeze Recycle Center, which provides an easily accessible collection point that helps prevent petroleum, oil and lubricant products from entering into the environment. It also allows reclamation of potable water through a water pretreatment center where three carbon filters remove pollutants from the water in a closed loop tactical vehicle wash facility. Over the last two fiscal years that recycle center has generated more than $302,000 for the recycling program.

Fort Hood boasts the largest recycle program in the Army, selling more than 17,500 tons of material in the last two fiscal years.

Fort Hood's Team Recycle won the team category for environmental quality in the Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards Program, granting them two opportunities to win at the Secretary of Defense level. Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards Program winner were announced in May and awards are presented in a pentagon ceremony in June.

"This honor was a team effort," Burrow said. "The community works together to ensure environmental stewardship is important at all levels. Soldiers, civilians, contractors, and their Families recognize that each of their actions have an impact on the environment."

Technology is leveraged to the fullest on the installation from a utility management control system that reduces energy consumption and increases energy efficiency to solar thermal water heating systems which reduce the use of fossil fuels. Some tried and true practices are used as well, such as using non-potable water for golf course irrigation.

All these preferred environmental practices are tied back to the words on their logo. Stop pollution. Continue improvements. Assure compliance. Leadership is committed. Everyone is involved. Winning these awards is evidence that Fort Hood is advancing their goal of balancing the mission and the environment.

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