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  • Camaraderie comes from 'Cardiac Hill' cleanup

    Aug 22, 2013

    Armed with brooms and bags, Soldiers from Landstuhl's Sgt. Audie Murphy Club and local Boy Scouts cleaned up Luitpoldstrasse in Landstuhl -- a steep street known locally to troops as "Cardiac Hill." The project, which first began in 2009, has become a biannual tradition, said Army Master Sgt. Jose Raymundo, the club president and project leader.

  • Hammack addresses Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site issues

    Aug 22, 2013

    Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Katherine Hammack visited Fort Carson Aug. 13-15 to speak with community members about the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, visit other areas on the Mountain Post and attend a naturalization ceremony.

  • Picatinny to remove tons of toxins from lethal rounds

    Aug 22, 2013

    The Pyrotechnics Division of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, at Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is developing an alternate formula for certain armor-piercing incendiary projectiles that is friendlier to the environment than the chemicals currently being used.

  • Corps seeks volunteers for 33rd Annual Hartwell Lake Clean-Up Campaign

    Aug 22, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hartwell Lake Office, in partnership with the Lake Hartwell Association, announces the 33rd Annual Hartwell Lake Clean-Up Campaign, going on now through Sept. 28, National Public Lands Day.

  • Environment rules won't change at Camp Merrill

    Aug 21, 2013

    More than 50 years of demonstrated good stewardship of the environment at the Army's Camp Frank D. Merrill training site, located within the Chattahoochee National Forest near Dahlonega, Ga., won't change regardless of whether or not legislation now being considered by Congress passes.

  • Army Corps of Engineers hosts clean-up campaign in honor of National Public Lands Day

    Aug 20, 2013

    Looking for a way to give back to the community with meaningful volunteer work? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' J. Strom Thurmond Lake invites the public to volunteer during its annual National Public Lands Day Clean-up Campaign.

  • Commander approves APG environmental policy

    Aug 20, 2013

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, MD - With an eye on maintaining the balance between accomplishing the various missions of Aberdeen Proving Ground while sustaining the sensitive Chesapeake Bay watershed, the installation Senior Leader, Maj. Gen. Robert Ferrell, has approved the APG Environmental Policy.

  • Fun farming fishing, the future

    Aug 19, 2013

    Seventeen year-old Cantrell Curry, son of Sgt. 1st Class Judith Curry, a human resources noncommissioned officer at the 80th Training Command headquarters, Richmond Va., is uncertain of a career path, but as he prepares for the 12th grade, the high school basketball and track athlete said he has always wondered about the inner workings of greenhouses.

  • Secretary of the Army Environmental Award Nominations Due Nov. 15, 2013

    Aug 15, 2013

    A call for nominations has been published for the FY 2013 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards and must be received prior to Nov. 15, 2013.

  • Huachuca's Net Zero-focused middle school wins design, energy conservation awards

    Aug 12, 2013

    When it comes to receiving architectural and design awards, corporate headquarters buildings, hotels and homes come to mind, and not schools or their interiors. However, this didn't stop Colonel Smith Middle School at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., from winning design, energy conservation and sustainability awards at state, national and international levels.

  • Fort Drum hopes to protect ash trees from invasive insect

    Aug 7, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Fort Drum environmental officials have enlisted the help of civilian conservationist groups to defend against an invasive insect that is ravaging backyards and countrysides from the Midwest all the way to northeastern Canada.

  • Empty shells resurrected, find new life as flares

    Aug 5, 2013

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. (August 5, 2013) -- The saying goes, "no guts, no glory," but the Army has found glory of sorts in a gutted ammunition stockpile that would have been sold as scrap metal.

  • Fort Drum expands recycling initiative, provides incentives for units

    Aug 1, 2013

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Turning trash into cash can be a dirty job.

  • New Recycling/Re-Use Center opens on Clay Kaserne

    Jul 31, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A small crowd gathered on Wiesbaden's Clay Kaserne July 25 to celebrate the opening of the garrison's latest quality-of-life project. As people looked on, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden Command Sgt. Maj. Sa'eed Mustafa; Mark Holt, director of Public Works; Roger Gerber, Transformation and Stationing Management chief; and Col. David Carstens, USAG Wiesbadaden commander, cut the ribbon to officially open the center.

  • USACE Chicago District protects, restores natural treasures through GLRI and GLFER

    Jul 31, 2013

    Resources like the Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration program and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding allow the Corps of Engineers to protect and restore our natural treasures, from the smallest wetlands to our Great Lakes. The Chicago District manages an extensive ecosystem restoration program that restores and protects over 2,600 acres of streams, lakes and wetlands and opens up over 58 miles of free-flowing river.

  • Vicenza garrison installs smart lights on track to Net Zero

    Jul 29, 2013

    The U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza Directorate of Public Works has completed the replacement of 247 light poles supporting 494 old style metal halide lamp fixtures with 357 LED light fixtures on Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy. The $843,000 project is expected to save the garrison approximately $30,000 annually and further the garrison's move toward achieving Net Zero Energy Installation status.

  • Artificial nesting platform built for endangered birds

    Jul 29, 2013

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and an oil company have worked together to construct artificial nesting platforms for the birds. This will provide them with the habitat that they need without inhibiting the work of the oil company.

  • Fort Benning serves as backdrop for meeting of federal agency leaders on environmental stewardship

    Jul 24, 2013

    Executives from federal agencies with natural resources missions visited Fort Benning to discuss best practices in environmental management and stewardship in the Southeast.

  • New major network spotlights APG eagles

    Jul 22, 2013

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Aaron Ernst (right), producer at Al Jazeera America (AJAM), shoots video footage of Lynda Hartzell, environmental protection specialist with the DPW Environmental Division, as she spies an immature bald eagle perched in a tree in APG South (Edgewood) July 11. The new AJAM network, based out of the Newseum In Washington, D.C., plans a late August launch on cable television. The nightly news program "America Tonight" will air a story on east coast bald eagles, including APG's efforts in helping the population to recover and thrive, in mid- to late-September.

  • Middle East Meets West: The Ebb and Flow of International Water Management

    Jul 19, 2013

    The Cochiti project office, Albuquerque District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, had the honor of hosting water managers from various countries in the Middle East, July 3, 2013. The visiting managers represented the countries of Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Yemen.

  • Fort Carson receives program federal energy award

    Jul 18, 2013

    Fort Carson received the Superior Program honor for the Army from the Federal Energy Management Program Awards, announced July 3

  • Federal agency leaders discuss environmental stewardship

    Jul 17, 2013

    Executives from federal agencies with natural resources missions visited Fort Benning to discuss best practices in environmental management and stewardship in the Southeast.

  • Garbage in, compost out; new service collects food waste

    Jul 11, 2013

    Fort Carson has started a new waste service that collects compostable waste from several dining facilities and the commissary in its net zero waste efforts.

  • Packaging liquid HAZMAT -- not the same as it used to be

    Jul 10, 2013

    Employees at LOGSA's Packaging, Storage and Containerization Center (PSCC) here have devised an award-winning method for packaging liquid hazardous materials (HAZMAT) that's better for the environment, less expensive and reusable.

  • Environmental tour spotlights training area

    Jul 9, 2013

    Community gets a "green" glimpse of training area during bus tour

  • N.Y. Army Guard helps Mohawk Valley rebuild, recover from July flash floods

    Jul 9, 2013

    Using bulldozers, excavators, and just plain muscle, about 250 New York Army National Guard troops cleared tons of rocky debris from flood-ravaged waterways in the towns of German Flatts and Fort Plain, N.Y., and helped Village of Mohawk residents remove rotting, muddy, and sodden property from their homes.

  • Fort Sill seeks to treat, reuse water

    Jul 3, 2013

    The Fort Sill Directorate of Public Works is working with American Water Enterprises to use effluent, or discharge from the sewer plant, treat it and reuse it to water the grass and keep buildings climate controlled.

  • Bragg, Carson named recipients of energy management awards

    Jul 3, 2013

    The Department of Energy named the Army as recipient of two Federal Energy Management Program awards, July 3, 2013.

  • Picatinny ammo goes from regular to unleaded

    Jul 1, 2013

    The switch to the new 5.56 mm "green bullet," the M855A1 Enhanced Performance Round, in 2010, has eliminated nearly 2 thousand tons of lead from the waste stream, according to the latest Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., figures.

  • Community members share their Asian, Pacific Islander heritage

    Jun 18, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - When Camryne San Miguel grows up, she can say with confidence she began performing as a Samoan dancer at the age of 15 months old. In fact, San Miguel, dressed in a pint-sized costume that matched many of the older female dancers, nearly stole the show at the Wiesbaden military community 2013 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration at the Tony Bass Fitness Center May 31.

  • Protect yourself from tick bites this summer

    Jun 17, 2013

    Higher grass gives ticks more places to live

  • Hundreds of tires, tons of trash cleaned up at Conchas Lake, N.M.

    Jun 14, 2013

    Albuquerque District staff at Conchas Lake, N.M., removed more than 560 tires from the lake at the Corps-managed South Recreation Area in preparation for the 2013 recreation season.

  • Army harnesses sun to reduce casualties from sniper attacks

    Jun 13, 2013

    The U.S. Army is harnessing the elements to help reduce casualties from sniper attacks on forward operating bases.

  • Solar carport nears completion, prepares to power up

    Jun 13, 2013

    New carport features a solar photovoltaic array that will supplement or provide power completely to the Mack depending on the amount of electricity it generates.

  • Fort Carson Families show off green thumbs

    Jun 13, 2013

    Fort Carson Family members gathered June 7 to pull weeds and prepare garden boxes for the continuing "Grow with Me Garden" program offered Balfour Beatty Communities, managers of Fort Carson Family housing.

  • Conserving energy is elementary

    Jun 11, 2013

    A 9-year-old Grafenwoehr student practices environmental stewardship with his science fair project

  • Biking enthusiast provides hints for riding in Korea

    Jun 7, 2013

    CAMP HUMPHREYS -- For the bicycle-riding enthusiast, Korea is a paradise. The Korean government and local authorities are building bike paths throughout the country. These paths are for walking and cycling only and although you do see the occasional moped or ATV, for the most part they offer safe riding and a great way to get some exercise and see the country.

  • DPW environmental teams win Army, DoD awards

    Jun 7, 2013

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Surpassing its already stellar record of executing a cost-effective environmental cleanup program, the Directorate of Public Work's Installation Restoration Program recently was recognized with two prestigious awards from the Secretary of the Army and the Department of Defense.

  • Reuse center saves thousands of Army dollars

    Jun 6, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A small logistics agency offers the Army community a huge service and has saved about $300,000 in operational costs by employing an age-old practice. The 405th Army Field Support Brigade, Directorate of Logistics, Hazardous Material Reuse Center maintains a list of hazardous and nonhazardous materiel items and recycles them for free to units participating in the Hazardous Materials Management Program.

  • Instead of watching grass grow, now you can do something about it

    Jun 6, 2013

    With an exceptionally rainy spring preceding the coming summer months, lawns are primed to grow quickly. Though the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach cannot directly provide lawn maintenance, it is ready to support keeping communities clean and kempt.

  • Net Zero provides energy security, saves resources, protects Soldiers

    Jun 6, 2013

    The Army's "Net Zero" energy initiative is a model for the private sector and a testament to the "art of the possible," said the assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment.

  • Bavaria is perfect place for vacation of peacefully pedaling

    Jun 5, 2013

    While many looking for a getaway this summer may be asking travel agencies for package deals to crowded beach resorts or booking discount airline tickets to out-of-the-way airports, they are overlooking a hidden gem of a vacation right here in Germany: a self-guided bicycle tour.

  • Protect yourselves from tick bites this season

    Jun 5, 2013

    Civilian furloughs are not the only side effect of sequestration. Individuals living and working on Installation Management Command installations may notice that the grass is a little higher than normal in some areas. Army operation and maintenance accounts have been reduced and as a result, mowing operations have also been reduced at many posts. What represents a lessened workload for public works employees creates abundant employment for some on-post residents--the ones with eight legs and the potential to cause serious human and animal disease.

  • Conservation of post water is necessary on post, island

    Jun 4, 2013

    Between daily use of toilets, showers, washing machines, dishwashers, and bathroom and kitchen faucets, we take the steady supply of clean freshwater for granted -- until it runs out.

  • Fort Bragg green roof looks, feels 'cool'

    May 31, 2013

    More than 500,000 evergreens, semi-evergreens and deciduous plants are flourishing in a surprising location at Fort Bragg -- on the roof of the Installation Transportation Deployment Support Area.

  • Engineer pushes environmental approach in processes

    May 29, 2013

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (May 29, 2013) -- Words like green and sustainability are often used to refer to recycling, taking better care of the Earth, and new or alternative forms of energy, such as solar- or wind-power.

  • Army recognizes recipients of 2012 environmental awards

    May 29, 2013

    Recipients of the Army's 2012 environmental awards were selected for their positive impact on the Army mission, saving resources, restoring the environment, and protecting Soldiers and civilians.

  • Corn-Feds: Army plans to power plants with plants

    May 29, 2013

    The Army has selected the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant (IAAAP) in Middletown, Iowa, as the initial facility to test a prototype ethanol-powered fuel cell technology. Why IAAAP? "Ethanol is derived from corn, which is abundant in Iowa."

  • First Wiesbaden unit earns certification Green Boot environmental program

    May 28, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden's Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment became the first unit to be recognized in the garrison's new Green Boot program. Col. David Carstens, USAG Wiesbaden commander, presented Capt. Jennifer Glover with the Green Boot Certificate May 16 for members of the unit's efforts in helping conserve energy and resources.

  • College students trade books for boots during Corps wetlands exercise

    May 28, 2013

    SAVANNAH, Ga. -- What do you get when you combine 18 college students, 7 federal regulators, and a wetland? For students at Savannah State University, it was a chance to learn about the expertise needed to delineate and protect wetlands across the state of Georgia.

  • Miracle Man: Army veteran with 'recycled' heart redeems trash from run route

    May 23, 2013

    Self-dubbed the Recycling Runner, Fort Drum resident Joe Sullivan runs behind a double stroller for at least six miles a day on and off post, picking up every piece of trash he sees along his route. Later, he empties the items from his backpack and stroller storage basket to sort, recycle and donate all cash redemptions to the American Heart Association.

  • Improving water quality: Corps biologist fights algae blooms at Salamonie

    May 23, 2013

    Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) have been plaguing the Salamonie Watershed in Northern Indiana since 2009, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Louisville District Water Quality Biologist Jade Young has been working for more than three years to combat the problem.

  • Army releases 2012 Net Zero Progress Report

    May 22, 2013

    The Army has released the Net Zero Pilot Installation Initiative Progress Report for 2012, containing information useful to all installations in implementing Net Zero. The Army now plans to issue a policy this year that will expand the Net Zero Initiative to all permanent Army installations.

  • Korean Cultural Night honors U.S. troops in Seoul

    May 21, 2013

    South Korean civilian officials honored American service members at the fourth annual Korean Cultural Night, in Seoul, May 17, 2013.

  • Fort Bliss unveils Army's first microgrid

    May 17, 2013

    Fort Bliss, Texas, has unveiled the Army's first microgrid that will reduce output, save money, provide energy security, and be a model for other microgrids throughout the base.

  • Researchers bring standard Army battery charger 'into the 21st century,' refine conformal battery

    May 17, 2013

    Over the past two decades the electronic devices Soldiers use and the rechargeable batteries that power them have advanced significantly, but the equipment used to recharge these batteries in the field are outdated and inefficient. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's communications-electronics center, or CERDEC, is working to change that paradigm.

  • Army establishes policy for Operational Energy

    May 16, 2013

    The Army has established a new policy for 'Operational Energy,' which is focused on improving the Army's capabilities through better use of energy.

  • Ansbach opens Army's 'greenest' Auto Skills Center

    May 14, 2013

    The newest, most environmentally friendly automotive skills center in the Army opened April 26 at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach's Urlas housing and training area here.

  • Burrowing owls get a helping hand from the Corps of Engineers and shareholders

    May 14, 2013

    In the middle of the busy city lies an area that appears to be designed specifically for burrowing owls to nest.

  • ARL participates in APG Earth Day celebration

    May 13, 2013

    Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) hosted about 650 children for its annual Earth Day celebration that was held at the Aberdeen Youth Services Center, Apr. 26. Many of the students were from Harford and Cecil County public schools.

  • Fort McCoy celebrates Arbor Day, Tree City award

    May 13, 2013

  • GPO hosts 2ID soldiers on culture tours

    May 10, 2013

    More than 70 2nd Infantry Division soldiers and family members were provided the opportunity to attend two Korean culture tours April 30 to May 3, 2013, as a component of the ongoing partnership between the United States and the Republic of Korea.

  • Renewable Energy Project Request for Proposal at Fort Irwin

    May 10, 2013

    On May 9, 2013, the Defense Logistics Agency Energy (DLA Energy), in close coordination with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to procure solar energy from a photovoltaic Renewable Energy Generation System (REGS) located on Fort Irwin in California. The government estimates the size of the system at 15 megawatts, subject to final specification by the selected developer. The Solicitation, SP0600-13-R-0412, is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website at www.fbo.gov.

  • JBM-HH receives environmental award

    May 10, 2013

    Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall's Directorate of Environmental Management was the recent recipient of a Governor's Environmental Excellence Award from Virginia's Department of Environmental Quality for its sustainability efforts.

  • Army Lab engineers want 'smart energy' for warfighters

    May 9, 2013

    Engineers that manage the Smart Battlefield Energy on-Demand program, known as SmartBED are looking for energy solutions for the warfighter.

  • USACE LA District cleaning up FUDS in Kingman

    May 8, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District team is moving along with its clean-up work at the Formerly Used Defense Site just outside of Kingman, Ariz. which began Apr. 15. The work being done by the district and its contractor is part of the time-critical removal action for the range, which is referred to as Munitions Response Site 03 of the former Kingman Ground-to-Ground Gunnery Range.

  • USAG Wiesbaden recycling initiatives taking shape

    May 7, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - A new recycling and re-use center on Clay Kaserne, improved trash collection points in Hainerberg and Aukamm Housing, and regular inspections are aimed at encouraging everyone to properly separate their refuse and save. "Proper separation of waste is extremely important," said Marty Hanson, an environmental specialist with the Directorate of Public Works. "Recycling is the law in Germany."

  • Army MATOC - First awards under $7 billion renewable energy contract

    May 6, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, working with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), today awarded the first of its kind Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOC) for the first technology under this contract to support renewable energy on Defense Department installations.

  • APG celebrates Arbor/Earth Day

    May 6, 2013

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Community members and local students attended Aberdeen Proving Ground's annual Arbor/Earth Day celebration at the APG North (Aberdeen) youth center April 26.

  • Earth Day Poster Contest Captures Earth's Plight

    May 5, 2013

    A recurring theme was Earth in an hour glass... with time and our resources running out.

  • West Nile Virus

    May 3, 2013

    They may be among the tiniest enemy the Army wages war against, but don't let their size fool you.

  • Hundreds attend annual IPC Kalakaua Earth Day Festival

    May 3, 2013

    Earth Month at U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii culminated with a grand Earth Day Festival, here, that brought together hundreds of families to learn about Hawaii's natural environment, April 24, 2013.

  • Fort Rucker celebrates Earth Day, makes a difference

    May 2, 2013

    When it comes to energy conservation and going green, Fort Rucker is no stranger with its Net Zero facilities and recycling programs, but no matter how small, people on the installation are making a difference.

  • Corps plans to modernize military port's piers

    Apr 29, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of the Army is developing a plan to safely modernize the Military Ocean Terminal Concord -- or MOTCO -- and address environmental concerns, so the terminal would be able to safely and efficiently carry out its ammunition distribution mission for a long time.

  • DPW releases area water quality reports

    Apr 29, 2013

    Annual water quality reports for U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii water systems are now available for review on the USAG-HI Sustainability and Environmental Management website.

  • Students 'geeked' about Earth Day

    Apr 26, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany- Earth Day, or "Green Day," as Wiesbaden Middle School student Jona Cardenas calls it, is a day to celebrate and honor the environment. On April 22, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District Environmental Branch colleagues Vanessa Pepi, Erika McCormick and Nicole Silva presented Earth Day topics to more than 200 students here.

  • USAG Ansbach hosts Earth Day for American, German students

    Apr 26, 2013

    To celebrate Earth Day and raise awareness of school children to several environmental issues, U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach hosted Earth Day April 23 at Franken Kaserne. Fifth-grade students from all USAG Ansbach elementary schools, as well as students from Volksschule Burgbernheim, which serves the communities of Burgbernheim, Gallmersgarten, Illesheim and Marktbergel, attended the event.

  • Earth Day at Henderson Hall

    Apr 26, 2013

    A recycling fashion show, planting flowers and learning to take care of the earth have one thing in common this week.

  • Environmental experts teach Fairfax County students during Earth Day

    Apr 26, 2013

    Fort Belvoir's Earth Day Celebration educated young minds, Friday at Tompkins Basin Park. The event, co-hosted by the Directorate of Public Works and the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, featured environmental experts teaching more than 700 students tips on how to save energy, recycle and conserve water.

  • CYSS makes family Earth Week farm visit

    Apr 25, 2013

    Almost 100 children and parents braved April showers on a Saturday morning to visit a Vicenza area organic farm in a combined Month of the Military Child and Army Earth Week event.

  • Climate Change Task Force

    Apr 25, 2013

    On October 5, 2009, President Obama signed an Executive Order directing the Task Force to develop a report with recommendations for how the Federal Government can strengthen policies and programs to better prepare the Nation to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

  • Anniston Army Depot recycling encourages employees to think blue

    Apr 25, 2013

    The depot's recycling division is looking a little blue these days and hopes to be more blue in the future. The change enables the installation's workforce to immediately identify recycling bins.

  • Going Green: Sustainable coastal North Carolina tidal marsh still thriving after 16 years

    Apr 25, 2013

    In 1996 Wilmington District biologists and engineers, with help from other North Carolina resource agencies, designed and constructed a former dredged material disposal island to offset impacts from construction of the Army Reserve Center in Morehead City, and turned it into a thriving coastal tidal marsh. Sixteen years later the marsh is a sustainable ecosystem that has exceeded the Corps' goals and expectations

  • Mitigation plantings in harsh North Texas climate challenge US Army Corps of Engineers team

    Apr 25, 2013

    Last month the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was removing Trinity River bottomland trees and brush at the foot of the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge to reduce flood risk in the city. Woody plants on the 4.7-acre parcel were ground into mulch and hauled away. At the very same time and several miles downstream, a Corps of Engineers team infused by Texas college students was doing just the opposite. They were helping upgrade habitat by planting new Texas native trees, shrubs and vines to offset the loss. This is how the mitigation process works under the National Environmental Policy Act within the Dallas Floodway Extension Project. It is part of the Corps' environmental stewardship mission.

  • Gravesite accountability mission to record, automate Army post cemeteries

    Apr 25, 2013

    SAN ANTONIO (April 25, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Installation Management Command began in April to record headstone images and review interment records at 29 Army post cemeteries worldwide.

  • Energy-saving program aims to share best practices, reduce ecological footprint

    Apr 24, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Rising host nation energy prices and a steadily growing population have resulted in a more concentrated effort by U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden energy managers to find ways to better use available resources. A new USAG Wiesbaden program is equipping units with the tools to decrease their energy use and ecological footprint, according to Maj. William McGlothlin, operations officer of USAG Wiesbaden's Directorate of Public Works. The focus of the new Green Boot program is changing the culture of units regarding energy consumption and resource management.

  • Students write book, recycle

    Apr 24, 2013

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Hainerberg Elementary School students love paper. They like crafting creative messages and enjoy recycling it after it has been used. Just ask the members of teacher Carmen Hernandez fourth-grade class and kindergarten teacher Lynn Wheeler's Recycling Club.

  • Going Green: "Landfarming" sustainably cleans soil at nation's largest Army Reserve post

    Apr 24, 2013

    At Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is using sunlight to sustainably clean contaminated soil at a former fueling site on the nation's largest U.S. Army Reserve installation.

  • Going Green: Corps builds largest induction solar wall in the country

    Apr 23, 2013

    As the sun beats down on one of the biggest buildings in the country, solar thermal collectors go to work providing enough heat for a 1.7 million square foot warehouse.

  • Illegal dumping, litter adds up to big problems for water quality

    Apr 22, 2013

    A cigarette butt carelessly tossed out a car window. A fast food bag tossed along the side of the road. An open motor oil container left in a parking lot. You've seen it and wondered why someone would do these things. You might also agree that these things are unsightly, but not everyone realizes that litter and illegal dumping add up to a big water quality problem for the Chesapeake Bay region. Trash travels.

  • Vehicle engine idling prohibited on JBM-HH

    Apr 22, 2013

    Allowing vehicles to idle on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall is against installation regulations. However, it happens - and violating the policy could cost violators money - in the form of a traffic violation.

  • Monterey military community celebrates Earth Day 2013

    Apr 22, 2013

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. -- The U.S. Army celebrates Earth Day at approximately 200 installations, major commands and organizations in the United States and around the world, including the Presidio of Monterey. The Army's 2013 Earth Day theme is "Acknowledge the Past, Engage the Present, Chart the Future."

  • Partnerships reap rewards

    Apr 19, 2013

    A panel of judges awarded the Natural Resources Conservation large installation award to the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., for the 2012 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards Program. The Kentucky Army National Guard (ARNG) nomination cited partnerships and relationships as the reasons for their natural resources conservation successes.

  • Fort Hood is no stranger to winning environmental awards

    Apr 19, 2013

    Last year Fort Hood won the installation and team award at both the Secretary of Army and Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards competitions. This year it was no surprise when they captured the Sustainability award for a non-industrial installation 2012 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards competition.

  • One person makes a sustainable difference

    Apr 19, 2013

    Judges selected Ms. Dorenda Coleman, the Arizona Army National Guard (ARNG) sustainability manager, over 11 teams and one other individual nomination from across the Army in the FY 2012 Secretary of the Army Environmental Sustainability Award's team or individual category.

  • Counterfeit investigation wins TARDEC an environmental award

    Apr 19, 2013

    The Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center recently won the 2012 Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition for their work in detecting and mitigating the effects of counterfeit refrigerant in Army vehicles.

  • Army announces 3 winners in DoD environmental awards competition

    Apr 19, 2013

    The Army won three categories in the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards Program competition this year. Aberdeen Proving Ground took the Environmental Restoration Installation award; Dorenda Coleman, Arizona Army National Guard's sustainability manager, won the team/individual award for Sustainability; and Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center's Counterfeit Refrigerant Impact Team captured the Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition small program award.

  • Going Green: Corps of Engineers urges to call before you fill!

    Apr 19, 2013

    With construction season here, it is crucial to remind landowners to call before filling. Many landowners do not realize the importance of wetlands or that they may exist on their properties. Protecting streams, lakes and wetlands is critical due to their role in preventing flooding, improving water quality, and providing habitat for fish and wildlife, as well as the extensive recreational value they provide to the public.

  • Volunteers beautify Belvoir during clean up of watershed

    Apr 19, 2013

    Community volunteers helped improved the quality of life for man and nature during the annual Potomac Watershed Clean-up Sunday. Soldiers, students and civilians maneuvered through wooded areas, filling bags with garbage, along Belvoir's shoreline. Volunteers sacrificed personal time, removing trash from several areas on post such as Dogue Creek, Tompkins Basin Park and Accotink Bay.

  • Bat colonies roosting, flourishing thanks to artificial bark

    Apr 19, 2013

    Fort Knox has the largest known maternity colony of federally endangered Indiana bats in Kentucky and the second largest known colony in the species' range.

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