FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Fort Jackson is committed to sustaining the environment for current and future generations. In order to recognize those Soldiers and civilians who make an effort to be "green" and exemplify the installation's sustainability policy, Fort Jackson's Sustainability Management System is launching its "Sustainable Soldier" campaign.

Starting this month, Fort Jackson's SMS will recognize deserving people who demonstrate being good "Sustainable Soldiers." Individuals and units are invited to visit the Solomon Center from 1 to 3 p.m., Jan. 24, and have their pictures taken with Sammy the Sustainable Soldier.

Participants must share in a few sentences how they are sustainable or support sustainability.

Selected individuals or units will be featured in the Fort Jackson Leader and the installation's Environmental Newsletter, as well as receive prizes for a job well done. Everyone will have a new opportunity each month to be chosen and recognized as a "Sustainable Soldier."

The sustainability, or SMS, policy emphasizes that Fort Jackson will promote continual improvement of environmental initiatives, always be in compliance with environmental laws, look for ways to prevent pollution, manage sustainable programs (e.g. protecting the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker), and sustain natural and cultural resources. In short, the policy is referred to as "PALMS" and many people throughout the installation are doing these items on a daily basis.

For example, units take advantage of the Unit Incentive Program that allows them to receive funding for their recycling efforts, and many facilities are encouraging recycling among their employees. Other examples include green products being offered at the LCI-SSSC store, units serving as volunteers for lake clean-up projects, and individuals (including housing residents) finding new uses for their old goods.

All of these efforts help Fort Jackson accomplish its goal of providing outstanding training while ensuring a good quality of life for Soldiers, their families, civilians and visitors, and maintaining a clean and vibrant environment.

For more information, contact the SMS coordinator at 751-9505 or at tameria.m.warren.ctr@us.army.mil.

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