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  • Testing for radon recommended for healthy living

    Jan 23, 2013

    Learn how to protect your family from high radon levels during National Radon Action Month.

  • The Army Moves Toward Renewable Energy Goal for 2025

    Jan 23, 2013

    The Army's goal to deploy 1 gigawatt of renewable energy projects by 2025 will help ensure that Army installations achieve high levels of energy security in the event of conventional grid outages.

  • Corps of Engineers completes Army's largest solar array installation

    Jan 22, 2013

    The largest solar power system in the U.S. Army is coming online at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., and officials gathered, Jan. 16, 2013, to mark the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

  • Cleanup, remediation contract management shifts to MICC

    Jan 22, 2013

    Officials here are undertaking administration and oversight responsibilities for one of the largest contracts in the Mission and Installation Contracting Command following award Jan. 10 of the first task order for environmental remediation.

  • Top Army environment official visits Fort Huachuca, tours net-zero school

    Jan 18, 2013

    Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, visited Fort Huachuca, Ariz., Jan. 15, 2013, to gather information regarding the SunZia power lines that will span across Fort Huachuca, Fort Bliss, Texas, and White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

  • Army releases programmatic environmental assessment - Army 2020 Force Structure Realignment

    Jan 18, 2013

    The Department of the Army has completed a final Programmatic Environmental Assessment and draft Finding of No Significant Impact (for Army force structure reductions and realignments that may occur from Fiscal Years 2013-2020. Public comment period is open until Feb. 19.

  • New director to head base environmental management

    Jan 18, 2013

    Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall welcomed a new lead environmental specialist Dec. 3 when Richard P. LaFreniere took over as director of the Directorate of Environmental Management (DEM).

  • USACE Galveston District completes beach renourishment project at South Padre Island, Texas

    Jan 18, 2013

    SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (Jan. 18, 2013) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, completed a beach renourishment project on South Padre Island using beach-quality sand harvested from a local dredging project.

  • White Sands home to Army's largest solar power system

    Jan 17, 2013

    The U.S. Army dedicated its largest solar photovoltaic system at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., Jan. 16, 2013, in a ceremony led by Brig. Gen. Gwen Bingham, White Sands commander, joined by Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.

  • Top recyclers receive glitzy gold award

    Jan 17, 2013

    FORT LEE, Va. (Jan. 17, 2013) -- The winners of a 2012 post-wide recycling contest were recognized Monday during a brief ceremony attended by U.S. Army Garrison Fort Lee Commander Col. Rodney D. Edge, Command Sgt. Maj. Sheila R. Nelson, garrison CSM, and other important guests.

  • Fort Rucker helps make recycling easy, accessible

    Jan 17, 2013

    With the arrival of the new year, some people think about making new, healthy habits, and Fort Rucker is helping people make one good change by continuing to make on-post recycling accessible and easy.

  • 1,200 Christmas trees find new home in Thurmond Lake

    Jan 17, 2013

    Clarks Hill, S.C. -- As part of the annual Christmas tree recycling program, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers collected 1,200 trees this year from communities surrounding J. Strom Thurmond Lake.

  • Turning trash into treasure is pleasure for latest Net Zero Hero

    Jan 16, 2013

    What happens when a savvy crafter sees a beautiful item she doesn't want to live without? She runs with the idea, of course, and in the process earns herself the title of Fort Polk Net Zero Hero.

  • Savannah Corps launches new and improved platform for water management information

    Jan 15, 2013

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District recently launched a new and improved online platform for discussing water management, drought and other topics affecting the Savannah River Basin.

  • Federal, state partners celebrate completion of key component in Everglades restoration

    Jan 11, 2013

    Federal and state partners celebrated the completion of a key component in improving freshwater deliveries to the southern end of the Everglades ecosystem Jan. 11, 2013, in Homestead, Fla., at the C-111 Spreader Canal Western Project Dedication Ceremony.

  • West Point enters 2013 RecycleMania tourney

    Jan 10, 2013

    For the third consecutive year, the U.S. Military Academy has joined the RecycleMania tournament and is ready to out-recycle more than 600 other colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada.

  • Fort Jackson to recognize 'Sustainable Soldiers'

    Jan 10, 2013

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

  • Fort Lee facility earns environmental design award

    Jan 10, 2013

    FORT LEE, Va. (Jan. 10, 2013) -- Another Fort Lee facility has earned a coveted gold rating through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

  • GHS to bring changes to labeling, classification of hazardous chemicals

    Jan 9, 2013

    Soldiers and civilians who handle hazardous chemicals as part of their job will soon begin training for changes coming to the labeling and classification of chemicals in the workplace.

  • Picatinny recycles artillery shells to create cheaper, safer, more realistic training rounds

    Jan 8, 2013

    Picatinny Arsenal munitions experts have developed a process to recycle a family of old artillery shells to create less expensive, more realistic and safer training rounds for Soldiers, giving new meaning to the slogan "renew, reuse, recycle."

  • Holston Army Ammunition Plant Continues Environmental Excellence

    Jan 7, 2013

    Between mountains and munitions, Holston Army Ammunition Plant endeavors to coexist in a diverse natural environment.

  • Ancient aqueducts receive cleaning

    Jan 5, 2013

    Subterranean aqueducts, or karez in Persian, have provided rural Afghan villages with water for centuries in a land perpetually challenged with poor resources. In many places throughout the war torn country, however, karez have fallen into disrepair. The Mississippi National Guard Agricultural Development Team is working in Zabul province, Afghanistan to help villagers repair the problems caused by years of neglect.

  • 'Lights Out' for energy savings at Natick

    Jan 3, 2013

    Something as simple as turning off office lights, office equipment, and hallway and bathroom lights not in use could save lots of energy and money.

  • U.S. to improve electric grid in Kandahar Province

    Dec 29, 2012

    Electricity is a scarce resource in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, but should become less so for Kandahar government district centers and businesses when four separate projects, designed to improve electricity distribution in key areas of the city, are completed by winter 2013.

  • Chicago District "weathers" recent storm events

    Dec 26, 2012

    A look at Hurricane Sandy and drought impacts to district navigation infrastructure.

  • Afghan ingenuity changes lives in remote village

    Dec 25, 2012

    A 22-year-old village contractor, Shafiqullah, plans to expand an innovative hydroelectric power plant system that has created electricity in the remote village of Kawri, Uruzgan, for several years.

  • Corps to recycle Christmas trees for fish cover

    Dec 21, 2012

    Christmas trees don't have to go to the trash after Christmas. In fact, all those trees on display in homes and businesses across the area can be put to good use. After the holidays, complete your gift giving by donating your tree to the fish in Greers Ferry Lake.

  • Army on target to meet energy-saving goals

    Dec 20, 2012

    On Dec. 2, 2011, President Barack Obama directed all federal agencies to make at least $2 billion worth of energy-efficiency upgrades over the next two years -- at no up-front cost to the taxpayer. The Army has taken on the president's challenge and already invested $208.8 million of its $384-million goal in energy-saving initiatives since December 2011.

  • Army labs join forces for healthier smokes

    Dec 20, 2012

    Soldiers know the value of smoke grenades in various scenarios, yet the grenades contained potentially harmful chemicals. Now, the Army is working to produce pyrotechnic smoke grenades that are not only safer but also as effective as earlier grenades.

  • Corps of Engineers to remove rock from Mississippi River channel

    Dec 18, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced, Dec. 14, 2012, the schedule for removing rock formations in the Mississippi River near Thebes, Ill., that pose a threat to navigation as water levels on the river drop.

  • Corps' officials meet with Illinois leaders to discuss low water operations

    Dec 18, 2012

  • First electric car arrives on Pine Bluff Arsenal

    Dec 17, 2012

    Pine Bluff Arsenal's (Ark.) Directorate of Logistics recently received a 2013 Chevrolet Volt into its inventory of motor pool vehicles.

  • Corps of Engineers releases additional water from lake to aid Mississippi River traffic

    Dec 16, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District began increasing releases from Carlyle Lake, Ill., Dec. 15, 2012, in support of safe navigation on the Mississippi River.

  • Taking time off work? Turn down heating during holidays

    Dec 14, 2012

    PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - Of the $4 million the garrison spends on energy bills each year, over half of this usage is derived from natural gas consumption.

  • Army leaders probe 'deep future'

    Dec 14, 2012

    Trying to anticipate what the world might be like in 2030 would seem to be in the realm of science fiction writers. But the Army is interested too, and thinks it is important for planning purposes to know where it will be in 2030 and beyond -- dates it terms the "deep future."

  • Ecosystem vision fulfilled by Army Corps

    Dec 14, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District is completing an ecosystem restoration project in Soundview Park, Bronx, New York. Residents are pleased that the project is improving the park's ecosystem for wildlife and providing a pleasing and safe place for residents to visit.

  • Aberdeen Proving Ground organizations establish STEM agreement with Harford schools

    Dec 14, 2012

    Eight major Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., tenant organizations agreed to a partnership, Dec. 14, 2012, with Harford County Public Schools to expand educational outreach efforts in science, technology, engineering and math, commonly known as STEM.

  • USACE Galveston District awards $8.87 million contract to dredge Matagorda Ship Channel

    Dec 14, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Dec. 14, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, awarded a contract to Orion Marine Construction Inc. in the amount of $8,876,000 for maintenance dredging of the Matagorda Ship Channel to include a critically shoaled area of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway near the entrance channel in Matagorda County, Texas.

  • 'BigBelly' devours waste at Natick

    Dec 13, 2012

    When it comes to devouring waste, the Natick Soldier Systems Center has found a hungry helper in the BigBelly Solar Intelligent Waste and Recycling Collection System.

  • USACE Galveston District proposes adjusting operations at Brazos River Floodgates

    Dec 13, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Dec. 14, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District is proposing to adjust operations at the Brazos River Floodgates and Colorado River Locks following a reduction in the Corps' nationwide inland navigation budget for fiscal year 2013 and is seeking public comment.

  • 8th TSC Soldiers Rescue Endangered Green Sea Turtle

    Dec 13, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Monday's scheduled physical training session was already memorable for members of the 643rd Company, 84th Engineering Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade. For exercise, they were kayaking on the North Shore, from Haleiwa along Anahulu River.

  • Bavaria Military Community innovates energy consumption

    Dec 12, 2012

    Smart meters provide real-time data on buildings' energy usage and allow garrison officials to increase efficiency.

  • U.S., Romanian Soldier team up to rescue Afghan honey bees

    Dec 12, 2012

    When the Mescal Detachment of Agricultural Development Team 4 from Mississippi arrived in Afghanistan, they didn't know they were inheriting beehives from the outgoing Agricultural Development Team, but they found out pretty quickly and they were just in time.

  • Army invites public to review range modernization planning documents

    Dec 11, 2012

    The Army announces the availability of the Programmatic Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact for Modernizing and Operating Training Ranges on Previous or Existing Range Sites on Army Training Areas and invites the public to provide comments until Jan. 11, 2013.

  • Reports of Poo Pond's demise premature

    Dec 11, 2012

    In September, NATO Support Agency officials said Poo Pond - KAF's iconic black water retention pond for the majority of the past decade - would be drained throughout autumn and eventually be retired because it was no longer needed in conjunction with the opening of the state-of-the-art Deep South Waste Water Treatment Plant in the southwest corner of the airfield. However, because the commercial cooking grease and oil separator unit is not yet on line at the Deep South plant and can't process the commercial cooking grease and oil waste generated on KAF, Poo Pond's life has been extended.

  • Boy Scouts help with Drains to Streams Project

    Dec 10, 2012

    Many people never think about what goes down the drain down the street. Just water, right? Not necessarily. Anything that can be washed away with that water such as oil, fertilizers and other chemicals, litter and more can be a bad thing for local waterways. In an attempt to help make the Fort Polk community more aware about what flows down its storm water drains, Fort Polk Boy Scout Troop 124 partnered with Fort's Polk's Directorate of Public Works Environment and Natural Resources Management Division's storm water team for a community service project Dec. 1.

  • ADT4 teaches watershed management class

    Dec 10, 2012

    Watershed management was the topic of the day at the Directorate of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock compound in Qalat, Afghanistan, as Dr. Charles Ruffner, a forestry professor at Southern Illinois University, began teaching class, Nov. 19, 2012.

  • Water Program wins coveted award

    Dec 7, 2012

    You may remember Erin Brockovich -- a character that Julia Roberts played in a biographical film made in 2000 about a young, single mother who fought against a west coast energy corporation to make them pay for damages that resulted when the corporation released a dangerous carcinogen, chromium 6, into the water supply. The real-life heroine eventually won $330 million in a lawsuit and her box office hit informed millions of Americans about the real-life dangers of drinking or using contaminated water.

  • Sun harvested for warrior wattage

    Dec 6, 2012

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- It takes a lot of energy and fuel to wage war, as computers and other equipment need electricity. In the remote areas in which Soldiers often find themselves, the generators that produce that electricity need fuel. But the Army is finding that energy can be harvested in many different ways.

  • Watervliet's largest electrical upgrade in 30 years is now complete

    Dec 5, 2012

    When the Arsenal leadership agreed to invest $1.7 million for a new electrical substation that would feed power to one of the most critical manufacturing processes called the rotary forge, little did they know that the Arsenal may be venturing into uncharted waters.

  • Corps of Engineers demolishes house in Washington, D.C.

    Dec 5, 2012

    The Army Corps of Engineers has been actively investigating and cleaning up the Spring Valley FUDS for almost 20 years. This work includes the identification and removal of arsenic‚Äźcontaminated soil, a groundwater investigation, and the search for additional munitions, both in burial pits and isolated items on residential properties including 4825 Glenbrook Road. The Army Corps of Engineers demolished the house last week to begin the clean-up process of the site.

  • Gas guzzlers disappearing from Army's shrinking fleet

    Dec 5, 2012

    In the past few years, the number of Army non-tactical vehicles has been declining and the number of fuel-hungry vehicles has been declining as well.

  • Army scientists improve garbage-to-energy prototype device

    Dec 5, 2012

    The year was 2008 and the on-going war in Iraq was a dangerous landscape for Soldiers on the ground, especially convoys traveling to and from base camps.

  • 479th FA Soldiers restore historic Dulaney Cemetery

    Dec 4, 2012

    BELTON, Texas --Soldiers of the 479th Field Artillery Brigade's 3-395th Armored Battalion recently executed another chapter of their restoration efforts on the Dulaney Cemetery located on the A.C. Ray Ranch here.

  • Army under secretary optimistic about Army's future role

    Dec 4, 2012

    Building a strong partnership between the Army's conventional and special operations forces is one of the service's key areas of focus as it transitions from operations in Afghanistan and looks toward the future, said Army Under Secretary Dr. Joseph W. Westphal, during his visit to Fort Bragg, Dec. 4.

  • One Hike to Rule Them All: Buraksan Hiking Trail

    Dec 4, 2012

    The Buraksan Hiking preserve in Songtan offers the ability to get exercise while enjoying nature.

  • Little Rock district rangers' put disabled hunters on the deer

    Dec 3, 2012

    Hunting the elusive whitetail deer is a challenge that many Arkansans prepare for year round. Sneaking in and out of the woods without being seen, heard or smelled is very difficult, even for the seasoned hunter. Imagine how hard it would be to take down the "big one" if you had a physical disability and were unable to move about without the use of mechanized aid.

  • Army Cemetery Director tours APG sites

    Dec 3, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Executive Director of the Army National Cemeteries Program Kathryn Condon visited the APG North and APG South military cemeteries and one of the post's 14 private cemeteries during Nov. 16 a tour.

  • Regulator Works on Cultural Resource Solution

    Dec 3, 2012

    As part of evaluating projects under the Clean Water Act, regulatory employees are charged with enforcing permit conditions related to requirements stipulated in the National Historic Preservation Act and other applicable federal laws pertaining to the protection of natural and cultural resources. Such was the case when a District regulator responded to a permit application in 2005 from Ute Lake Ranch, Inc.

  • Top Vicenza construction firms tour Del Din

    Nov 30, 2012

    Work nearing end, Del Din opened Nov. 16 to more than 50 local construction firms coming to learn more about the newest and greenest U.S. Army military construction site in Europe.

  • Fort Bragg encourages community to be evergreen when choosing Christmas tree

    Nov 30, 2012

    The Fort Bragg Environmental Office offers the pros and cons of artificial vs. live Christmas trees. They provide tips and insight how to be environmentally responsible when choosing the right tree for the holidays.

  • Something for the Joes: Recycling initiative expected to save troops money, reduce dumping

    Nov 29, 2012

    It's said that one man's trash is another's treasure and some South Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers have put that old expression to work with a convenience center.

  • Solar panels deliver new energy to West Point's Net Zero initiative

    Nov 29, 2012

    The installation of solar panels on the roof of the Lichtenberg Tennis Center--780 panels, to be exact--in recent weeks represents West Point's continuing efforts to achieve energy sustainability. Since becoming a Net Zero Energy pilot installation last April, West Point has been making strides toward the ultimate goal of producing as much energy as it uses by 2020.

  • Native American heritage comes alive at annual festival

    Nov 29, 2012

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (Nov. 29, 2012) -- November was designated as Native American Indian Heritage Month in 1990 and the West Point Community celebrated with the fourth annual Native American Heritage Festival Nov. 16 at the West Point Club. The event was hosted by the Cadet Native American Forum and sponsored by the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic.

  • Community turns in household waste

    Nov 29, 2012

    FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Truckloads worth of old, no longer needed household, lawn care, auto­motive products and electronics were brought to the old commissary parking lot during Fort Carson's America Recycles Day household hazardous waste collection event Nov. 15.

  • Pentagon ceremony recognizes sovereignty of Indian nations

    Nov 29, 2012

    Army leaders and Native Americans gathered at the Pentagon, Nov. 28, to commemorate the importance of a recently signed Army policy directive that recognizes the sovereignty of American Indian tribes.

  • Recycling center points Polk toward Net Zero Waste 2020

    Nov 29, 2012

    "Reduce, reuse, recycle" has become a household phrase; yet being a steward of the environment sometimes takes a backseat when life gets busy. Fortunately for Fort Polk, this mantra holds fast under the guidance of the Qualified Recycling and Net Zero Waste programs, both run by the Environmental Compliance Division of the Directorate of Public Works.

  • Corps spruces up Josh Park Memorial Trail for users

    Nov 28, 2012

    The Army Corps of Engineers, Greers Ferry Project Office, is in the midst of a project aimed to enhance a popular trail and improve the health of a dense pine forest.

  • Corps using noise-making device to discourage vultures at Bull Shoals Dam

    Nov 28, 2012

    The Army Corps of Engineers Mountain Home Project Office is using a propane-powered, noise-making cannon to disperse the hundreds of vultures that have recently invaded the area around Bull Shoals Dam.

  • Building eco dome brings villagers, service members together

    Nov 27, 2012

    Roughly three years ago, a group of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa military members arrived at the small village of Karabti San several hours north of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, in the Tadjourah region to build an eco dome.

  • Fort McCoy mitigation work helps create new habitat for Karner blue butterflies

    Nov 26, 2012

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- A range mitigation project at Fort McCoy means Soldiers can train on a new, upgraded range, while an endangered species of butterfly still has sufficient habitat. Tim Wilder, installation Endangered Species biologist, said the mitigation project to create an alternate habitat for the Karner blue butterfly became necessary with the building of a 1,000 meter known-distance firing range. Karner blue butterflies, which are about the size of a quarter, are a federally endangered species found at Fort McCoy.

  • 10th Mountain Division Soldiers wrap up Hurricane Sandy relief effort

    Nov 21, 2012

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division (LI) are no strangers to deployment. So when they were called upon to assist with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York and New Jersey, there was no hesitation.

  • Fort Jackson recycles

    Nov 21, 2012

    On Nov. 15, Fort Jackson celebrated America Recycles Day with an art contest, recycling drive and educational displays. Soldiers, families and post employees were invited to bring 'e-waste' such as old computers, telephones and other electronic equipment to be disposed in bins at the Officer's Club, while vendors display crafts made from recycled materials.

  • Post participates in America Recycles Day

    Nov 21, 2012

    As electronic systems age and people upgrade, the importance of properly disposing of old electronics is stepping into the limelight of recycling, and Fort Rucker participated in a national campaign, America Recycles Day, Nov. 15 to reduce electronic waste.

  • DPW, Picerne offer winter home tips

    Nov 21, 2012

    With the ups and downs of the winter weather experienced in the southeast, it can sometimes be hard to know what to do to keep homes warm, but Picerne Military Housing and Directorate of Public Work officials offer tips on how to efficiently heat homes and keep them safe during the cold months.

  • Hawaii government, military leaders target joint sustainability issues

    Nov 21, 2012

    HONOLULU -- Col. Daniel Whitney, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, along with other installation leaders from military bases around Oahu, put pen to paper and signed a Memorandum of Understanding pledging closer collaboration between the City and County of Honolulu, here, Nov. 15.

  • New trees planted on JBM-HH

    Nov 20, 2012

    A large group of people braced the wind Nov. 16 in order to bring new life to Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. About 60 volunteers were on base --from graduate horticulture students to master gardeners, members of Tree Stewards of Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax and Casey Trees Citizen Foresters, Park Construction Company, Advisory Board Company and Calvert Company, all from D.C. -- to help plant 21 trees near the Old Post Chapel and Tri-services parking lot. Additional trees were planted along the walkway between Brucker Hall and the grounds near Headquarters Bldg. 59.

  • USACE Galveston District prepares for oyster reef construction project in Matagorda, Texas

    Nov 20, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Nov. 20, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, partnered with The Nature Conservancy in Texas to undertake an ecosystem restoration project that will create up to 12 acres of sub-tidal reef and habitat located within the northernmost extent of the Half Moon Reef in Matagorda Bay, Texas.

  • Planting a seed for STEM

    Nov 19, 2012

    Corps hosts science, technology, engineering and mathematics event for local high school.

  • USAG Red Cloud, Shinheung University pledge mutual aid on local environmental matters

    Nov 18, 2012

    CAMP CASEY, South Korea -- The Army in Warrior Country formed a partnership with a local university this week so both can help protect Korea's natural environment.

  • Teaching youngsters energy awareness in Vicenza, Italy

    Nov 16, 2012

    In the Halloween spirit, Vicenza Elementary School third-graders engaged in Energy Awareness Month Oct. 23 through a special hunt for "energy vampires."

  • Prescribed burns maintain training lands

    Nov 16, 2012

    A prescribed fire is a planned fire used as a management tool by many area landowners. Each year, Fort Benning's Land Management Branch burns approximately 30,000 acres of Fort Benning training lands using prescribed fire methods.

  • Middle School Youngsters Learn geographic technology

    Nov 16, 2012

    U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville provides workshop

  • Building green: Corps of Engineers explores overseas LEED alternative

    Nov 15, 2012

    Think global, act local. The phrase, popularized in the 1970s on the back bumpers of hippies' Volkswagens and on the front of their T-shirts, has evolved through the years and taken on a wider meaning. Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District is considering the adoption of local green building standards to meet the Army's worldwide environmental and energy performance goals.

  • Fort Rucker facility goes Net Zero energy

    Nov 15, 2012

    Waste not. It is a common adage that many people have heard throughout life, but Fort Rucker, Ala., is taking the saying to heart as it implements its first Net Zero energy facility, slated for completion by the end of December.

  • Army strengthens ties with Native American tribes

    Nov 15, 2012

    As Soldiers and all Americans celebrate Native American Heritage Month, the Army has consulted with leaders of federally recognized tribes to provide new policy for Army-tribal relations.

  • Soldiers using sunlight to improve combat capability

    Nov 14, 2012

    Soldiers are enlisting the sun's power in Afghanistan. Ten solar generators are now providing Special Forces Soldiers in distant outposts the energy they need to accomplish their mission. And, these generators are allowing them precious more time to train Afghan forces and win the friendship of local Afghans.

  • Grease Collection Drive -- recycling event scheduled for Black Friday

    Nov 14, 2012

    Fort Huachuca, AZ. - Fort Huachuca will hold the second annual Day After Thanksgiving Grease Recycling event on Nov. 23, located in the Main Exchange parking lot.

  • U.S. Army Environmental Command celebrates 40-year anniversary

    Nov 14, 2012

    The song "American Pie" by Don Mclean was on every radio, Mark Spitz won seven gold medals, and President Richard Nixon won reelection. The first scientific hand-held calculator was introduced (price $395, and Atari kicked off the video-game age with the release of PONG. It was 1972, and in November, the Army established the Program Manager for Demilitarization of Chemical Materiel.

  • Fort Lee archaeologist among 'Lincoln' extras

    Nov 14, 2012

    Bryce Stanley at the Regional Archaeological Curation Facility digs history -- literally. So, it's not surprising he was willing to take a few days off from his job last December to be an extra in Steven Spielberg's film, "Lincoln." The movie is slated to open Nov. 16, 2012, in this area

  • USAEC assists San Antonio Community Parks and Recreation effort at Brackenridge Park

    Nov 13, 2012

    Volunteers from U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC) recently celebrated the command's 40th year of service to Soldiers, Families and the Army as they combined forces with the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department to clear and remove invasive plants such as Chinaberry, Ragweed and other non-native species in San Antonio's Brackenridge Park.

  • USACE set to begin electricity improvement project in Helmand province

    Nov 12, 2012

    Afghanistan's electric company will be able to deliver more reliable electricity with fewer interruptions at the end of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers construction project set to begin this week in Helmand province.

  • Awareness, prevention key to stopping spread of RSV

    Nov 9, 2012

    HONOLULU -- Even with Hawaii's moderate temperatures, the fall and winter seasons usher in an increase in colds and respiratory infections, to include respiratory syncytial virus, a common infection that can cause more serious illness in some patients.

  • USACE Galveston District to hold public hearing for Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer Project

    Nov 9, 2012

    GALVESTON, Texas (Nov. 9, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District has published a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a Department for the Army permit from the Coastal Water Authority's Luce Bayou Interbasin Transfer project, for which an Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared. The Corps will hold a public scoping meeting Nov. 28, 2012, from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in the Dayton Community Center at 801 S. Cleveland St., Dayton, Liberty County, Texas.

  • Get smart about antibiotics

    Nov 8, 2012

    Antibiotic resistance is a worldwide public health problem. Resistance occurs when bacteria can no longer be killed by a previously effective antibiotic and the bacteria continue to grow. According to the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics, if resistance to treatment continues to spread, our globally connected world may find itself back in the dark ages of medicine--before today's miracle drugs existed.

  • Fort Jackson to host recycling event

    Nov 8, 2012

    On Nov. 15, Fort Jackson will celebrate America Recycles Day with an art contest, recycling drive, education displays, music vendors and more.

  • Fort Drum Cultural Resources team brings historic cemeteries 'back to life'

    Nov 8, 2012

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- For more than a year, Michael R. Sprowles, a research fellow and intern with Fort Drum's Cultural Resources Program, and the organization's staff members have been cataloging, photographing and caring for the more than 2,000 cemetery markers on the installation.

  • Save-A-Watt program shows usage, teaches energy conservation

    Nov 7, 2012

    The free Save-A-Watt program on Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., is helping people on post zero-in on energy waste.

  • Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center adds fun factor, earthworms to elementary science lessons

    Nov 7, 2012

    BEL AIR, Md. -- As one of its major science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational outreach initiatives, the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC) continues to help implement the 'Engineering is Elementary' (EiE) curriculum in Harford County Public Schools' elementary school classrooms.

  • Town looks to Corps for help

    Nov 7, 2012

    The Army Corps of Engineers' Little Rock District and the city of Augusta, Ark., have teamed up to ensure the White River doesn't wash away a piece of the town's history, swallow up an access road, or damage the community's main sewer line.