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  • Planning to meet future needs: Leaders continue award-winning strategic planning process

    Sep 27, 2011

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Members of the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden command team, directors and strategic planning teams joined together Sept. 20 to review past successes and continue fine-tuning for the future. After a year which saw the garrison lauded as the Army Community of Excellence Gold Award winner and Commander in Chief's Installation of Excellence winner, leaders stressed how important the strategic planning process was in earning the recognition and continues to be in meeting the future needs of service members and their families.

  • Bamberg opens first biomass system in Europe

    Sep 23, 2011

    U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, Germany, opens the Army's first biomass heating system in Europe.

  • Vanpools now available for daily Fort Bragg commuters

    Sep 23, 2011

    As Fort Bragg's population continues to grow, community members are seeing a significant increase in the amount of traffic that flows through the post's gates each day. As a means of minimizing future traffic headaches, Fort Bragg's leadership now offers an alternative -- vanpools. Vanpools are part of the U.S. Army Mass Transit Benefit Program, to minimize the amount of traffic that rolls through the post's access control points daily and they provide a valuable benefit to the ecological system.

  • Army Completes Chemical Stockpile Destruction

    Sep 23, 2011

    The Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (ANCDF), located at Anniston Army Depot (ANAD), Ala., yesterday completed the disposal of the chemical weapons stockpile stored at ANAD.

  • Wildlife study at Guard facility may yield insight into black bear behavior

    Sep 22, 2011

    A wildlife study at the National Guard's training post in north Florida may soon give biologists insight into one of the state's most intriguing inhabitants.

  • Soldiers help create dream playground

    Sep 22, 2011

  • Letterkenny environmental audit scores high marks with no hazardous waste findings

    Sep 21, 2011

    Chambersburg, PA -- Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD) has once again been recognized for its commitment to environmental responsibility. An Environmental Performance Assessment (EPAS) Audit was conducted by a twelve member team from the Army Environmental Command and the Army Medical Command to evaluate the status of the Depot's environmental compliance with state and federal regulations as well as DoD and Army regulations.

  • Fort Lee Earns 'Extraordinary' Award

    Sep 20, 2011

    Fort Lee is officially the first Army installation in Virginia to earn "E4" status from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

  • Shower Water Reuse System to be force multiplier at FOBs

    Sep 19, 2011

    With budgets falling and thousands of troops scheduled to redeploy back home, commanders in the field are striving to become more efficient with resource-saving measures such as the Shower Water Reuse System.

  • Third Army stresses importance of rabies prevention

    Sep 16, 2011

    Servicemembers must be ready at all times. Whether it's Soldiers engaged in combat operations, or troops supplying vital support; being fully mission capable is essential.

  • IPC takes measures to help residents understand utility bills

    Sep 12, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Following a year of monthly energy consumption statements, or "mock billing," the first live utility bills arrived in homes, last month.

  • SecDef, volunteers build Fort Meade playground to remember 9/11

    Sep 10, 2011

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta pitched in alongside more than 300 military and civilian volunteers to build a new playground for children of military families at Fort Meade, Md.

  • Col. Smith site clean, efficient

    Sep 9, 2011

    FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. -- Paving the way in environmental technology, the new Col. Smith Middle School will open its doors August 2012 as the first net zero school in the state of Arizona and the 12th in the nation.

  • Rebuilding an ecosystem

    Sep 8, 2011

    Prescribed burns, or small, controlled fires set by professionals, take place each year on Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 12,000 acres of prairie -- to help heal the land, not hurt it.

  • Fort Lee makes use of geothermal energy

    Sep 8, 2011

    The boom in new construction at Fort Lee, Va., has also brought energy-efficient improvements that will help the installation reduce its "carbon footprint."

  • USACE begins first dam repair project in Europe

    Sep 6, 2011

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District is working in cooperation with Bavarian environmental authorities, the U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr and German government construction agencies to keep Grafenwoehr's waters in check by repairing two dams.

  • Fort Carson finalizes conservation easement

    Sep 6, 2011

    Fort Carson officials finalized last week the conservation easements on 7,045 acres of land bordering the installation's southern and southeastern boundaries. This completes a nine year process to develop conservation easements on 22,292 acres of land from the Walker family through the Army's Compatible Use Buffer Program. The acquisition process was accomplished by The Nature Conservancy, Fort Carson's ACUB partner.

  • Army project manager providing more power with smaller footprint

    Sep 4, 2011

    Power Distribution Illumination System Electrical (PDISE), often described as a more rugged version of a home electrical distribution box, enables Project Manager Mobile Electric Power (PM MEP) to save taxpayer dollars by reducing footprint and increasing the efficiency of power on the battlefield through better distribution.

  • Wood chip heating project to cut energy costs

    Sep 2, 2011

    The Army will be more eco-friendly this month thanks to new biomass equipment used to heat water.

  • Civilian puts his two cents in recycling initiative

    Sep 1, 2011

    As the Marne Division's new campaign "Caught Doing Something Good" continues to identify community members for recycling correctly, one Hunter Army Airfield Civilian has taken recycling into his own hands . . . and has been doing so for a while.

  • Army Corps crews work to clear debris from harbor after Irene

    Aug 31, 2011

    Crews aboard the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' New York District's three drift- collection vessels have been working to clear drift and debris from the waters in and around the New York and New Jersey Harbor after Tropical Storm Irene.

  • Hammack's visit focuses on Fort Leonard Wood's energy saving technology

    Aug 29, 2011

    Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment, got a first-hand look at the energy saving technologies and the hands-on training available at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Aug. 25, 2011.

  • Assistant Secretary Hammack tours installatons, talks to leaders in Kansas and Missouri

    Aug 29, 2011

    The Honorable Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment made a three day official visit to Kansas and Missouri.

  • Recycling, one of many steps toward Net Zero

    Aug 27, 2011

    The Army has given us a vision and a goal our leaders call Net Zero -- that of managing our resources in a sustainable manner. The premise behind Net Zero is that our use of resources and our production of resources will equal each other. We must all act responsibly to make the best use of our resources; to retrain ourselves and our families about how best to use water, electricity and other resources.

  • USDA undersecretary tours Community Victory Garden

    Aug 26, 2011

    FORT RILEY, Kan. -- The undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics and the chief scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited Fort Riley Aug. 11 during her two-day trip to Kansas.

  • Newest Redstone Arsenal building certified green

    Aug 25, 2011

    Redstone Arsenal in Alabama has a new building -- the Army Materiel Command and Army Security Assistance Command headquarters -- that is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified.

  • New, state endangered butterfly documented at Fort McCoy

    Aug 25, 2011

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- The regal fritillary butterfly has been sighted at Fort McCoy. Tim Wilder, endangered species biologist for Fort McCoy's Natural Resources Branch (NRB), said that at first glance the butterfly resembles a monarch butterfly but is slightly smaller. NRB personnel are about halfway through a survey for the regal fritillary butterfly. The butterfly is listed as a state of Wisconsin endangered species and a federally listed species of concern, he said. Regal fritillaries were first documented on Fort McCoy in 2010, when five were observed. To determine if this was just a fluke, surveys for regal fritillaries are being conducted in 2011.

  • Karner blue butterfly population thriving under Fort McCoy vegetation conditions

    Aug 25, 2011

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- Karner blue butterflies have thrived at Fort McCoy, and some habitat-management changes will be considered in the installation's new Karner blue management plan, said Tim Wilder. Wilder, endangered species biologist for Fort McCoy's Natural Resources Branch, said Karner blue population estimates at both of the post's major butterfly population centers have exceeded the 6,000-mark threshold required by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Karner blue butterflies are a federally listed endangered species.

  • Fires are Good for Environment

    Aug 23, 2011

    Smoke from raging fires have recently been billowing over parts of Joint Base Lewis-McChord during prescribed burns. At the actual fire the heat and noise become tremendous and deafening to the ear as the fire sweeps through acres of training land. The whirlwind of fire turns the area into a virtual hell as whipping flames demolish everything leaving scorched earth.

  • McHugh lauds energy-conservation efforts at Knox

    Aug 19, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh described the energy advancement policies at Fort Knox. Ky., as being "light years" ahead of many installations, during an Aug. 11, 2011, visit to the post.

  • Post's sustainability progress highlighted at conference

    Aug 19, 2011

    Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence deputy to the commanding general, spoke on a panel at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' 2011 Summer Leaders' Conference held the first week of August.

  • Texas Hold'em part of Rocky's recycling fun

    Aug 18, 2011

    Following the introduction of the "Caught Doing Something Good" recycling campaign, two organizations from Fort Stewart created a partnership to make recycling creative and fun. The Directorate of Public Work's Environmental Division and the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Rocky's Zone turned two heads into one as they planned a recycling event at the Soldier's recreation center Rocky's Zone, Aug. 16.

  • Housing residents can join ranks to eliminate waste

    Aug 18, 2011

    Marne Point residents already participate in reducing waste in landfills by recycling paper, cardboard, plastic and glass bottles and containers. Now they can take a step toward eliminating waste altogether by collecting cell phones and joining the TerraCycle Inkjet Brigade.

  • Recycling makes cents

    Aug 18, 2011

    Empty plastic bottles, paper, cardboard boxes and aluminum cans are recyclables that are placed in blue poly-carts and ready to go to Fort Stewart's Processing Station. But, what happens when these recyclables are exposed to cooking oil and other liquids? The answer is simple; the recyclables are contaminated and become unusable. As a result, the contaminated recyclables must be placed in Fort Stewart's sanitary landfill.

  • Soldiers leave legacy of sustainability

    Aug 18, 2011

  • Fort Knox Directorate of Emergency Services using solar-powered carts

    Aug 16, 2011

    The Fort Knox Directorate of Emergency Services unplugged from electric chargers to convert to solar power.

  • USACE districts dig up success in soil cleanup

    Aug 15, 2011

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- From cost-savings to community partnership, the multi-district U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) remediation project at Plum Brook Ordnance Works (PBOW) in Sandusky, Ohio, demonstrates what teamwork is all about. The formerly used defense site (FUDS) manufactured explosives in support of the war effort during World War II. TNT Area C was one of three TNT manufacturing areas at PBOW and is currently undergoing soil remediation by the USACE Huntington District using alkaline hydrolysis.

  • Native grasses help USACE restore former defense site

    Aug 15, 2011

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Green plants have many purposes in the environment, they serve as a habitat for small animals, provide food for others and for the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), they serve as a mechanism to protect remediated sites. At the former Kentucky Ordnance Works (KOW) in McCracken County, Ky., vegetation is being used to protect a soil cover, while also providing a habitat for birds and small animals that call the grassland community home.

  • Corps employee Lenny Gunnell gets the job done

    Aug 15, 2011

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers employee Lenny Gunnell has a reputation for providing great customer service. The Louisville District geologist provides environmental consulting services to customers throughout the country -- and they keep coming back for more. “Lenny's environmental expertise, along with his creative approach to project execution has earned the environmental branch several new programs,” said Chris Karem, chief of the environmental branch, engineering division. “His ability to regularly exceed customer expectations continues to expand these programs.”

  • Fort Bliss seeks information on renewable energy, Net Zero technologies

    Aug 15, 2011

    Fort Bliss, Texas, is reaching out to industry in its effort to become the first large scale Net Zero military installation.

  • Building Strong: Corps employee manages construction projects in Afghanistan

    Aug 15, 2011

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville District employee Lynn Jarrett went from managing environmental cleanup projects at formerly used defense sites to managing approximately $309 million worth of construction projects in Afghanistan. While stationed at Kandahar Airfield (KAF) during his six-month deployment with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Jarrett managed construction projects for the Afghan National Police (ANP), a section within the Afghan National Security Force.

  • New task force to focus on renewable energy

    Aug 11, 2011

    A new Energy Initiatives Office Task Force will help the Army face challenges associated with rising fuel costs.

  • Barracks Life: Easy ways to make “going green” work in your favor

    Aug 11, 2011

    Growing up, my mother always told me, “turn the water off when you’re brushing your teeth,” and nagged, “make sure to turn off the lights when you’re done in a room!” Back then, I’d just roll my eyes and groan a bit, thinking she was just trying to make my life difficult. But surprise! Moms actually know what they’re talking about sometimes.

  • JBLM takes active role in keeping base safe from bears

    Aug 11, 2011

    The 198-pound female black bear was one of three captured in a four-week period this summer, all around Miller Hill. While the animals are frequently seen foraging for food in the late summer and fall, there have been more spotted on base this year than ever before.

  • U.S. Army establishes Energy Initiatives Office Task Force for large-scale renewable energy projects

    Aug 10, 2011

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh has established an Energy Initiatives Office Task Force to serve as the central managing office for large-scale Army renewable energy projects.

  • Officials warn community of illegal wildlife items

    Aug 10, 2011

    When Soldiers are deployed, many take an opportunity to purchase items like rugs, pottery, scarves and jewelry from local market vendors. What they may not realize is some items for sale are made from endangered wild-life.

  • Corps awards record $4 million for wetland projects

    Aug 9, 2011

  • Corps of Engineers builds sustainable distribution center for DLA

    Aug 8, 2011

    Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Europe is preparing to occupy a new, environmentally friendly distribution center constructed by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Wetland credits help environment, saves money

    Aug 8, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. -- The purchase of wetland and stream credits by the government is allowing Mission and Installation Contracting Command professionals to help guide the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence here toward full operational capability in September.

  • Rapid Equipping Force develops 'Energy to the Edge' program

    Aug 5, 2011

    The U.S. Army's Rapid Equipping Force has partnered with the Defense Technical Information Center's Weapon Systems Technology Information Analysis Center to procure, deploy and assess hybrid alternative and renewable energy systems in an effort called "Energy to the Edge."

  • Baumholder garrison introduces Go Green program

    Aug 4, 2011

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany -- Turning trash into cash and preserving the environment is what garrison leaders are shooting for with the new Baumholder Go-Green program. This was the leading topic at the U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder personnel assembly July 2.

  • 'Get Caught' in the recycle campaign

    Aug 4, 2011

    Marne Soldiers from the Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield communities were "Caught Doing Something Good" at their homes, July 21. The Directorate of Public Works' recycling personnel visited Soldiers whose blue poly cart or recycle bin has been occupied with recyclables.

  • Recycling made easy at Hunter Army Airfield

    Aug 4, 2011

    It is just as easy to recycle on Hunter as it is on Fort Stewart. The Hunter Recycling Convenience Centers, which are available to use 24-hours, are located at the Post Exchange parking lot and at the intersection of Georgia Hussars Street and Cook Boulevard. These convenient centers are for the local community as well as all housing residents and on-post activities.

  • From the CSMs Desk: Let's all make a difference, recycle

    Aug 4, 2011

    Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield continues to meet and exceed standards set for the nation's recycling program. Federal facilities were mandated several years ago to incorporate recycling practices into all daily operations and we are doing that. However, there are still many among us who have not gotten the memo.

  • Feeling green? Get informed about recycling

    Aug 4, 2011

    Pedals turn as the kid rides down the street, red wagon in tow, collecting bottles and cans. With a full load he makes his way to the recycling center and smiles ear-to-ear as the man counts the fresh bills into his tiny palm. No sooner than the last bill hits his hand, he’s rushing to the store to purchase the new baseball that he and his friends will spend the summer smudging with dirt and grass stains from the countless hours they will spend on the field, not once realizing he has done his part to keep America beautiful.

  • Managing endangered species, supporting the Army

    Aug 4, 2011

    Ever since he was 6-years-old, wildlife biologist and Garrison Commander Award of Excellence category two winner, John Macey knew what he wanted to do in life.

  • Fort Campbell Camp teaches kids about nature, conservation

    Aug 4, 2011

    A week-long summer camp was not just about fun and camp fires, although 25 preteen children experienced both during their stay at Fort Campbell’s Camp Hinsch.

  • Post officials urge proper recycling

    Aug 3, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. " Fort Benning wants Soldiers, residents and employees to recycle, but do so within the framework of post policy.

  • Old munitions found during remedial investigation project

    Aug 3, 2011

    West Point has a rich history dating back to the Revolutionary War, and proof of this history is often found during construction with the excavation of historical artifacts and sometimes, unexploded ordnance.

  • It’s no mystery what good is happening on Plum Island, New York

    Aug 2, 2011

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District completes a decade's worth of work in and around Plum Island, New York. This work is supporting the important work the Federal Government is performing on the island, preserving the island's rich history and environment and improving area beaches for the upcoming beach season.

  • USAEC assists Community Parks and Recreation effort

    Aug 2, 2011

    SAN ANTONIO -- Volunteers from U.S. Army Environmental Command recently weathered the heat to cool down some trees as they combined forces with local volunteers to mulch trees in San Antonio's John James Park.

  • Net zero is an Army sustainability goal

    Aug 1, 2011

    Soldiers are creative geniuses when it comes to figuring out ways to help the Army conserve its natural resources and create renewable energy.

  • Ordnance Reef technology demonstration reaches halfway point

    Aug 1, 2011

    The Ordnance Reef technology demonstration is midway through the technical display of abilities to recover and destroy underwater military munitions, near the Waianae, Hawaii, coast.

  • Army’s top energy advisor visits Korea installations

    Jul 28, 2011

    The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment visited Garrisons Yongsan, Daegu, Red Cloud and Camp Carroll, South Korea, to get a better idea on how garrisons here can reduce the amount of energy used and increase operating efficiencies.

  • Army Environmental Policy Institute's Sustainability Lecture Series

    Jul 27, 2011

    The Honorable Ms. Katherine Hammack presents a certificate of appreciation to Dr. Sarah Slaughter (MIT), who gave a presentation on Achieving Federal High Performance Facilities: Strategies and Approaches for Transformational Change, as part of the Army Environmental Policy Institute's Sustainability Lecture Series.

  • Green and Strong U.S. Army project reduces waste, recycles more than six million pounds of steel

    Jul 25, 2011

    The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) recently completed a project that resulted in recycling more than 6.5 million pounds of steel.

  • Bamberg's expenses decline by $1 million

    Jul 22, 2011

    Technological improvements, creative thinking and community action help to achieve reductions in energy consumption.

  • High gas prices boost vanpooling at Aberdeen Proving Ground

    Jul 22, 2011

    As fuel prices rise, motorists at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., are increasingly turning to vanpooling as a way to save.

  • BRAC 2005 - Tick-tocking to midnight

    Jul 22, 2011

    AS Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and other senior leaders define what the Army will look like in 2020, another group in the “D” ring of the Pentagon focuses on a black digital clock labeled “BRAC 2005 DEADLINE.”

  • New buildings meet Net Zero goals

    Jul 21, 2011

    In 2008, Fort Carson became the first installation in the Army to build a facility that met U.S. Green Building Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification standards. This year, the Mountain Post is striving for the new brigade and battalion headquarters building for 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, to meet Platinum standards for LEED, a feat that only 5 percent of LEED-certified buildings throughout the U.S. have achieved.

  • Army aims to 'optimize energy through sustainability'

    Jul 21, 2011

    Hew Wolfe, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for the Environment, Safety and Organizational Health, gave industry representatives this week an idea of where the Army will invest to become more sustainable.

  • USACE continues construction on energy-efficient headquarters

    Jul 20, 2011

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues construction on the U.S. Army Europe Mission Command Center on track to be the Army's first LEED Silver-certified building in Germany.

  • Newman takes Army to Victory Lane

    Jul 19, 2011

    Ryan Newman has been the driver of the U.S. Army Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing for almost three seasons on the Sprint Cup circuit. On Sunday, Newman took the Army to Victory Lane for the first time since 2004.

  • Army, Air Force will power fight with alternative fuels

    Jul 19, 2011

    More than 400 Soldiers, Airmen, industry partners and government staffers attended the first joint Army - Air Force Energy Forum July 19, 2011, to join the fight with DoD in reducing the need for imported oil.

  • Lynn says Defense, Energy Departments’ partnership pays off

    Jul 19, 2011

    The Defense Department’s year-old partnership with the Energy Department is paying off, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said here today.

  • Defense Department seeks energy revolution

    Jul 19, 2011

    Advances in energy technology that increase warfighter capability not only help the Defense Department protect the nation, but also accomplish two other important objectives, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said here today.

  • Test Pdfs

    Jul 18, 2011

    Testing Pdfs

  • Natural Resources Branch personnel round up Canada geese on post

    Jul 14, 2011

  • Army kicks off Ordnance Reef technology demonstration

    Jul 14, 2011

    The Ordnance Reef demonstration will allow the Army and the Department of Defense to determine whether these technologies meet DOD’s requirements for safe, remote recovery of underwater military munitions.

  • RDECOM program wins DoD environmental award

    Jul 8, 2011

    A U.S. Army program that yields an improved surface-coating method to reduce air pollution and will save $1 billion over the next 15 years has been recognized by the Department of Defense. The Sustainable Painting Operations for the Total Army program won the 2011 Secretary of Defense Award for environmental excellence in weapons system acquisition.

  • Future of Army is green; Manfred Rieck named DPW Garrison Support Executive of the Year

    Jul 7, 2011

    Manfred Rieck, U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr’s DPW Environmental Division Chief, is the epitome of environmental stewardship, and he has the experience to match the heart.

  • PTA staff preserve, protect fragile sites

    Jul 7, 2011

    POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii -- A tall, thin woman stood atop sharp-as-broken-glass volcanic rock, here, as she pointed in different directions to bring attention to Native Hawaiian cultural sites, here, recently.

  • Hawaii confronts invasive superweed in Kahukus

    Jul 7, 2011

    KAHUKU, Hawaii -- Chromolaena odorata, an invasive weed, has been discovered in the training area, here, recently.

  • Commanders credit JBLM community

    Jul 7, 2011

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- Joint Base Lewis-McChord Garrison Commander Col. Thomas Brittain and Deputy Commander Col. Kenny Weldon have a message for the joint base community: Thank you for all the hard work in making the joint base a success. Those sentiments were passed to hundreds of joint base civilians, Airmen and Soldiers during back-to-back Joint Base Garrison town hall meetings June 29, at the Evergreen Theater on Lewis-Main and the McChord Theater at McChord Field.

  • Corps environmental engineer receives Steel de Fleury Medal

    Jul 5, 2011

    After only four and a half years of employment with the Louisville District, Quyet C. La has received a prestigious military engineer award, the Steel de Fleury Medal, on June 28, 2011, for his significant contributions to the district’s environmental program.

  • Eco-friendly neighborhood unveiled in Ansbach

    Jul 1, 2011

    Soldiers, leaders and civilian employees of 12th Combat Aviation Brigade and U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach celebrated the grand opening of the Urlas family housing area June 14.

  • Fort Belvoir residential communities showcase conservation efforts

    Jun 30, 2011

    Board members from Fairfax County supervisors toured the Fairfax Village Neighborhood Center on Fort Belvoir, Va., to learn about the energy conservation innovations that were built into the neighborhood center and other residential areas on post.

  • Army deploys microgrids in Afghanistan for ‘smart’ battlefield power

    Jun 28, 2011

    The U.S. Army, led by the Project Manager for Mobile Electric Power, or PM MEP, is installing microgrid technologies in Afghanistan as part of a groundbreaking project that could significantly lower fossil fuel consumption on the battlefield.

  • Energy Awareness Month: Fort Bragg encourages effective use of energy

    Jun 24, 2011

    June has been designated as Fort Bragg Energy Awareness Month and the theme this year is “Energy, use it well.” There were activities on Fort Bragg to highlight energy used and to spread awareness about the importance of conservation, new technology and security. Fort Bragg is working with federal, state and local government, private industry and the public on technologies including large-scale solar, biomass and geothermal to proactively shape our energy future and move the installation toward energy independence.

  • Commuting to work by bike good exercise, good for environment

    Jun 24, 2011

    Bike to Work Month at Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s was the most successful Bike to Work Month to date. The group took a combined total of 255 trips and traveled 4,863 miles.

  • Military firefighters hone skills with Fort McCoy training

    Jun 23, 2011

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- Army Reserve firefighters filled their two weeks at Fort McCoy in June with training, including assisting with a prescribed burn on South Post. Jim Kerkman, Fort McCoy forester, said the unit requested the training. Even though the installation usually doesn’t do prescribed burns in June, he was able to find a project to help restore and provide proper respect to lands in the Ho Chunk sacred mound areas on Fort McCoy. The area previously was damaged by hail, and dying trees in a nearby pine plantation were clear-cut to prevent a bark beetle infestation, Kerkman said.

  • New Hazardous Material Re-use Center offers free supplies for units, activities

    Jun 22, 2011

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Need some paint for a project? Missing cleaning supplies, but short of funds with the end of the fiscal year approaching? Before attempting to procure new supplies, consider checking with the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden’s new Hazardous Material Re-use Center at Mainz-Kastel Storage Station.

  • Energy 'goal' achieved on the Polo Field, Fort Bragg - 1, Fossil Fuels - 0

    Jun 17, 2011

    At Fort Bragg planning is currently underway for the use of geothermal technology systems to heat and cool buildings.

  • Wildlife Branch conducts annual nightjar survey

    Jun 16, 2011

    Wildlife technicians with the Fort Jackson, S.C., Directorate of Public Works Wildlife Branch participated in the third annual nightjar survey to contribute data to the Nightjar Survey Network, Center for Conservation Biology, at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

  • US Army Net Zero Workshop tackles tough questions

    Jun 15, 2011

    Representatives from U.S. Army Garrisons around the world continued the second day of the inaugural U.S. Army Net Zero Workshop, here, with in-depth presentations and discussions about the best way to reach the goal of being net zero.

  • USACE Agencies Launch Construction of “Bug Nursery” to Control Exotic Plants

    Jun 13, 2011

    With the launch of the new Bug Nursery program a groundbreaking ceremony was held for an annex to a USDA facility, which raises insects to be used to control invasives plants. The facility in Davie, Fla. has been pioneering effort the use of biocontrols. Several agencies were involved in the effort.

  • Solar thermal system a window to the future

    Jun 9, 2011

    There’s a not-so-new technology in use on Joint Base Lewis-McChord that is helping to provide hot water at the 60,000-square-foot Nisqually Medical Dental facility.

  • Green Meade plan presented at annual festival

    Jun 9, 2011

    At last weekend's 2nd Annual Greenlife Festival at Savage Mill, Mick Butler talked about all the installation is doing to reduce the installation's environmental "boot print" through the implementation of the installation's Green Meade Plan.

  • Recycling center depends on Soldiers, families to keep Grafenwoehr green

    Jun 8, 2011

    While the recycling center at the Grafenwoehr Training Area has vastly decreased the U.S. military impact on the environment, the efficiency of this program is dependent upon Soldiers and their families’ active participation in the recycling program.

  • Testing, assessment commence on Camp Carroll

    Jun 7, 2011

    CAMP CARROLL, South Korea - Republic of Korea and United States government officials were at Camp Carroll June 2 to witness the start of the joint investigative team’s testing and assessment at the alleged burial site of Agent Orange here.