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  • Community recognizes Native American culture

    Nov 23, 2011

    Soldiers, Family Members and civilians of many different cultures gathered to celebrate the accomplishments and service of Native Americans during the National Native American Heritage Month observance Nov. 17 at the Commons.

  • Going for green

    Nov 23, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Nik Nikolaidis (center), T & N Computer Recycling, assists Marie Burghardt (right) with a TV to be recycled while Burghardt's sister, Claudia Hernandez, looks on, during "Army Recycles Day," here, Saturday.

  • Event celebrates Native Americans

    Nov 22, 2011

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Fort Jackson hosted chiefs from three different local tribes during its annual Native American Heritage Month Luncheon at the Officers' Club Friday. Representatives from the South Carolina-based Catawba, Beaver Creek and Edisto tribes came to share information about their histories and futures with the Jackson community.

  • JBLM finds savings in 'great beyond' for extinguishers

    Nov 22, 2011

  • Army explores alternative energy with hydrogen fuel cells

    Nov 17, 2011

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The U.S. Army is investing in highly efficient energy sources to reduce its fossil fuel usage, officials said Nov. 16 as APG unveiled hydrogen fuel cells. Maj. Gen. Nick Justice, APG senior installation commander, praised the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their efforts to preserve the local environment by implementing alternative energy. "We are excited to get technology here that is going to make us even more green than Army green," Justice said. About 50 people gathered at the Building Operations Control Center (Building 325) for the ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the installation of the first fuel cells as part of a partnership between DOE and the Department of Defense.

  • Public hearing focuses on Manor View site cleanup

    Nov 17, 2011

    Members of the Directorate of Public Works held a public hearing Nov. 9 at the Manor View school to educate the community and to gain public comments from the community on the excavation process of a dump site near Manor View Elementary School in early 2012 to remove the organic material that has caused the formation of methane gas.

  • DISA complex certified as LEED Gold

    Nov 17, 2011

    The newly constructed Defense Information Systems Agency headquarters complex earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, Gold rating Oct. 5.

  • Army seeks clean energy with new power station

    Nov 16, 2011

    Army, government and private industry leaders came together last week to celebrate the startup of a system at Fort Benning's landfill designed to capture methane and convert it to electricity.

  • Kontakt Club declares war on weeds, cleans cemetery

    Nov 15, 2011

    Armed with rakes, pitchforks, and weed-eaters, members of the Hohenfels German American Kontakt Club set out on a clean-up mission to the Polish prisoner of war cemetery located on post.

  • Garrison focuses on energy conservation

    Nov 15, 2011

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii -- In 2010, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii's energy bill was $67 million.

  • New 'green' outdoor classroom features rainwater harvesting

    Nov 15, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- A big surprise was in store for students when they return to school following the fall break.

  • Fort A.P. Hill breaks ground for U.S. Army Reserve Center

    Nov 15, 2011

    Fort A.P. Hill staff and community members joined to welcome the post's newest construction project at a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday. More than 30 people gathered at the site of the U.S. Army Reserve Center on the northeast corner of Fort A.P. Hill Drive and Campbell Road.

  • Residents lower energy consumption

    Nov 15, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- From wind, sun and water power to geothermal advances and bioenergy, the global urgency to become more energy efficient has never been more apparent.

  • Aberdeen Proving Ground to unveil alternative energy source

    Nov 14, 2011

    The U.S. Army is installing hydrogen fuel cells at three Aberdeen Proving Ground facilities as part of an initiative to boost alternative energy sources at military installations, officials announced Nov. 14, 2011.

  • Tree City USA

    Nov 14, 2011

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Col. Douglas Mulbury, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, helps plant a tree at the Child Development Center as part of the Arbor Day celebration, here, Nov. 4.

  • Army seeks input at public meetings

    Nov 14, 2011

    POHAKULOA TRAINING AREA, Hawaii -- U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii announced the availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, or DPEIS, for modernizing of training infrastructure, construction and operation of an Infantry Platoon Battle Area, or IPBA, here, recently.


    Nov 11, 2011

    Workers at the Area 10 Liquid Incinerator (ATLIC) today safely destroyed the last of the stockpiled nerve agent stored at Deseret Chemical Depot.

  • Army Completes Chemical Stockpile Destruction at Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility

    Nov 11, 2011

    Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. -- The Umatilla Chemical Agent Disposal Facility (UMCDF), located at Umatilla Chemical Depot (UMCD), Oregon, today completed the disposal of the chemical weapons stockpile stored at UMCD.

  • Post offers electronics e-cycling

    Nov 10, 2011

    The Fort Rucker, Ala., Environmental Office will celebrate America Recycles Day by holding an electronic e-cycling event Nov. 13-15, 2011, at the Recycling Center and post exchange parking lot to help raise awareness about recycling electronics responsibly.

  • Garden to pay tribute to APG's women in R&D

    Nov 10, 2011

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The brisk fall weather didn't stop close to a dozen volunteers Oct. 22 as they planted hundreds of shrubs and flowers representing 22 species on the east side of Garrison Headquarters.

  • Fort Hood takes part in recycling forum

    Nov 10, 2011

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Members of Fort Hood gathered with local city managers and interested citizens Nov. 3 at the Harker Heights Activities Center to hear feedback and questions about a proposed regional recycling program.

  • Green power: Fort Hood breaks ground on solar field

    Nov 10, 2011

    Officials from Fort Hood, Texas, and Universal Services Fort Hood, Inc., broke ground on a solar field that will provide one million kilowatt-hours, approximately 20 percent of renewable energy annually for 300 single-family homes here.

  • Native Hawaiian plants featured in new outdoor classroom garden

    Nov 10, 2011

    A new outdoor classroom at Hale Kula Elementary School, here, was officially dedicated, here, Oct. 25.

  • Recycling extravaganza targets bigger green picture

    Nov 10, 2011

  • USAG-HI encourages all to reduce, reuse, recycle

    Nov 9, 2011

    WHEELER ARMY AIR FIELD -- The Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, aims to reduce solid waste by 50 percent by 2015 -- with an ultimate goal of zero solid waste, or net zero.

  • Fort Leonard Wood receives 2011 Holcim Award

    Nov 8, 2011

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Fort Leonard Wood received a 2011 Acknowledgement Prize for Sustainable Development from the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Development. The Corps of Engineers and Fort Leonard Wood competed against more than 6,000 entries worldwide and received the award for the case study, Energy, Water and Waste Efficient Military Installation.

  • Alert: Mountain lions in the area

    Nov 4, 2011

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Since July, there have been at least six mountain lion incidents in Monterey County. Two of those sightings were within the last month. They were about a mile from the Presidio of Monterey, near Veterans Memorial Park, which butts against the installation.

  • 'Bragg' about recycling efforts on Facebook

    Nov 4, 2011

    Sustainable Fort Bragg and Bragg About Recycling will observe America Recycles Day with a variety of activities to encourage everyone on the installation to reduce, reuse and recycle. This year, social media contests will encourage interactive participation in the annual recycling campaign. For the One Bag Challenge, the Fort Bragg community is encouraged to reduce home or office trash to one bag each week by recycling, composting, reusing and participating in other waste reduction activities.

  • Bliss strives to be Army's first 'net zero' installation

    Nov 4, 2011

    Fort Bliss, Texas, participated in the Re-Energize the Americas Conference at El Paso's Judson F. Williams Convention Center Oct. 26, 2011.

  • Region nets zero environmental impact on organizational day

    Nov 4, 2011

    Three-hundred employees from the Central Region headquarters of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command celebrated their organization day with no impact on the environment

  • Region nets zero environmental impact on organizational day

    Nov 4, 2011

  • Army summit attracts potential energy investors

    Nov 4, 2011

    The Army's Energy Initiatives Task Force, which stood up in September to accomplish the Army's energy goals, hosted a summit Nov. 3 to bring in interested private-sector investors together to learn about the Army's way ahead on energy independence.

  • Fort Hood uses reclaimed water for golf course in drought

    Oct 31, 2011

    With Texas facing constraints on its water supplies and a statewide drought, Fort Hood's Directorate of Public Works and Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare Recreation are working together on an alternative for the installation's golf course irrigation system.

  • Hunters with disabilities hunt for deer, find friends

    Oct 31, 2011

    Rising early before the sun on a Saturday morning was not a problem for energetic 13-year-old Tori McAfee. A huge smile stretched across her face as she put on her pink and brown camouflage hat, which went perfectly with her matching shirt and boots. Before heading out to breakfast, she balanced herself with her pink crutches as she reached for her rifle.

  • USACE, partners, stakeholders celebrate another milestone in restoring America's Everglades

    Oct 29, 2011

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of another project to restore America's Everglades --the Indian River Lagoon-South C-44 Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area Oct. 28, 2011, in Indiantown, Fla.

  • Fort Bragg emphasizes conservation

    Oct 28, 2011

    The Department of Defense has recognized the need for energy security at military installations throughout the world. Achieving the many goals associated with energy security can preserve fiscal resources, support the mission and potentially save the lives of our Soldiers. For Fort Bragg, the realization of these objectives begins with conservation and efficient practices as well as the pursuit of alternative energy sources and Net Zero initiatives.

  • Sustainability Covenant fuels energy conservation

    Oct 27, 2011

    One year ago, U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels made history by signing the first Sustainable Communities Partnership between the U.S. Army in Europe and a host nation. Last year, Quarles had stated that one of the garrison's primary goals is to convert its energy production from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy, and Hohenfels has made significant progress toward that end.

  • Energy group keeps facilities running green

    Oct 27, 2011

    FORT BENNING, Ga. -- October is Energy Awareness Month, but that's not why several environmentally conscious Soldiers and civilians met Thursday. The meeting was a quarterly affair, where members of the Energy Resource Group gather to discuss green efforts on Fort Benning, energy use in post facilities and related issues. The ribbon cutting for the new Flex Powerstation FP250, set for Nov. 8, and described some of the science behind the new technology, which uses methane gas produced from biodegrading materials in a covered landfill on Harmony Church. "What we've been able to do is take the gas we were burning off, and there's actually a structure down there at the landfill now that captures the gas," Marshall said. "Then it's mixed with something else, has a reaction and turns the turbine which creates electricity. It actually produces enough energy to power about 200 homes. We're looking at doing some other things across the installation in order to take advantage of resources we have here already."

  • Feds., Florida announce major effort to restore River of Grass

    Oct 27, 2011

    The South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, including representatives from the Army, announced a fast-track planning effort to improve the Central and Southern Everglades by putting more fresh and clean water into the River of Grass.

  • Agriculture lease program benefits Fort Sill, farmers

    Oct 27, 2011

    FORT SILL, Okla. (Oct. 27, 2011) -- Fort Sill's 94,000 acres primarily consists of land used to train artillerymen, however, a sliver provides benefits to the entire base populace and people outside the gate, too. The Agriculture Lease Program leases about 6,000 acres to area farmers who work that ground in five-year leases.

  • Steam Energy Carries Heat To Arsenal

    Oct 26, 2011

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--High-tech energy often begins with low-tech input.

  • West Point, Highland Falls meet on leasing federal land

    Oct 26, 2011

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (Oct. 26, 2011) -- A meeting held Oct. 19 at the Highland Falls Library concerning a Request for Expression of Interest brought out the local community to learn about uses that would be considered by the Army and West Point as commercially viable property for possible development. Approximately 239 acres of Army/West Point land at two designated sites were discussed during the meeting.

  • Pickens discusses energy issues at West Point forum

    Oct 26, 2011

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (Oct. 26, 2011) -- T. Boone Pickens visited West Point Oct. 21 to speak with cadets about his energy policy and the Pickens Plan. The Pickens Plan involves developing natural resources in the U.S. to build a bridge to the future by developing wind power and using natural gas in transportation to reduce dependence on foreign oil. The event was hosted by the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Distinguished Leader Series.

  • Energy awareness: Year-round mission for Fort Huachuca

    Oct 20, 2011

    Fort Huachuca, Ariz., considers energy production and consumption year-round. Energy conservation at Fort Huachuca is aimed at having the installation become a Net Zero installation by 2025.

  • JBLM gets more fuel mileage out of its fuel

    Oct 20, 2011

  • New Audubon Center: A confluence of people, nature and partners

    Oct 18, 2011

    The new Audubon Center at Riverlands opens its doors to the public.

  • Ammunition plant achieves environmental certification

    Oct 18, 2011

    After six years of sacrifice, hard work, and determination McAlester Army Ammunition Plant achieved the International Organization for Standardization ISO 14001:2004 for Environmental Management System certification, July 10, 2011.

  • Army transforms for future of Soldiers, families, nation

    Oct 14, 2011

    To ready itself for the future, the Army is transforming installations and housing as well as its use of fuel, water and energy.

  • New energy technologies debut

    Oct 13, 2011

    Move over George and Judy Jetson, Fort Carson is giving the old cartoon concept a run for its money when it comes to futuristic technology.

  • Leaders discuss Army power, energy

    Oct 13, 2011

    Army leaders gathered to discuss mission effectiveness and preserving future choices during the Association of the United State Army's Institute of Land Warfare's Army Power and Energy Panel in Washington, D.C., Oct. 11, 2011.

  • Hood honored for runway rehab project

    Oct 11, 2011

    FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood's Robert Gray Army Airfield and the Killeen-Fort Hood Regional Airport were recently honored with an award from the Texas Asphalt Pavement Association for the rehabilitation of the runway at the joint-use airport.

  • Engineers provide water, hope for Guatemalan village

    Oct 11, 2011

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Day after day, families in the small mountaintop village of Visibakvitz, Guatemala, about 6,000 feet above sea level, would travel on foot, downhill for about a mile to wash their clothes and dishes and retrieve drinking and cooking water from a shared, spring-fed water tank and washing station. Then, carrying children, dishes, heavy wet clothes and pails of water, they made their way back up the steep mountainside to their homes and begin the cycle again. That was the situation until a project by Engineers Without Borders - USA (EWB) Jacksonville, Fla. Professional Chapter successfully brought clean water directly to 25 households, a school and a church. The fledgling chapter, which had chosen to focus on water and sanitation, conducted an assessment trip to the Nebaj region of Guatemala in 2009 to collaborate with a non-governmental organization, Agua Para La Salud (APS). Together they selected projects in three communities -- Visibakvitz, Xepium and Xevitz -- all of which were priorities and well-suited to the chapter's capabilities and potential funds. The projects represent a five-year commitment to the selected communities, to design and implement low-cost, small-scale, replicable and sustainable engineering solutions.

  • Fort Irwin earns 'green' building award

    Oct 6, 2011

    The National Training Center and Fort Irwin took another step forward in its commitment to environmental stewardship last week. Building 309, the Company Operations Facility, located at Barstow Road and Ninth Street, was officially awarded LEED Gold certification during a ceremony Sept. 28.

  • Rain garden helps JBLM become stewards of environment

    Oct 6, 2011

  • Army Sustainability Report 2010 published

    Oct 4, 2011

    The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment released the Army Sustainability Report 2010. In the report, the Army describes its efforts and progress in 2009 to further integrate and coordinate sustainability Army-wide to protect reliable access to energy, water and other natural resources and to preserve strategic choice and operational flexibility into the future.

  • 'Sappers' work on local trails

    Sep 30, 2011

    Soldiers from Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, participated in a trail maintenance project in Colorado Springs Sept. 17.

  • Project Spotlight: Vineland Floodplain Remediation and Wetland Restoration

    Sep 29, 2011

  • 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.