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  • Senior Army officials break ground for Tooele Stirling solar power project

    Aug 17, 2012

    Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Tooele Army Depot today to help break ground on the $9.6 million solar power renewable energy project that will help the Utah depot produce its own power.

  • Assistant Secretary Addresses USACE Leader's Conference

    Aug 13, 2012

    The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment met with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers August 7, at their Leadership Conference in Little Rock, Ark.

  • Army Announces $7B Multiple Award Task Order Contract Request for Proposal

    Aug 9, 2012

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas -- The Army announced a $7 billion Multiple Award Task Contract (MATOC), Request for Proposal (RFP) which will help the Army procure reliable, locally generated, renewable and alternative energy through Power Purchase Agreements for up to 30 years.

  • Operational Energy Day shines light on Army's future

    Aug 8, 2012

    The Army Base Camp Integration Laboratory at Fort Devens, Mass., is a glimpse into the Army's future. Testing is under way there on innovative technologies to produce and conserve energy, reuse water and dispose of waste.

  • Net Zero: What Is It, What Does It Mean For You?

    Aug 7, 2012

    The U.S. Army has set the goal of Net-Zero energy consumption by 2030. For an installation to be Net-Zero it must produce as much energy on site as it consumes. This includes thermal and electrical energy. Installations can still be connected to the civilian grid, but over the course of the year the energy pulled from the grid must equal the amount supplied to it. A simple example would be if the hydro dam produced three megawatts of electricity 24 hours a day and the post used six MW for 12 hours a day and zero for the other 12 hours. Given this case, the installation would be Net-Zero because even though it still pulls three MW from the grid during the operating day, it supplies three MW back to the utility at night.

  • USACE Announces New Action to Support Deployment of Renewable Energy on U.S. Military Installations

    Aug 7, 2012

  • Army's Top Installation Manager Visits New York Army National Guard Facilities

    Aug 2, 2012

    Katherine Hammack, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installation, Energy and Environment visited New York Army National Guard armories in Syracuse and Utica on Thursday, August 2, to get a first hand look at the kinds of facilities that Citizen Soldiers work and train in.

  • Westphal helps Lewis-McChord break ground for elementary school rebuild

    Aug 1, 2012

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Clover Park School District in Washington, broke ground on the future site of JBLM's Hillside Elementary School, July 30, 2012, signifying the official start of a yearlong construction project to rebuild Hillside and Carter Lake Elementary Schools completely.

  • Behavioral changes hold key to energy efficiency throughout Army

    Jul 31, 2012

    The Army's energy chief continues to press home the need for energy efficiency saying that stewardship of water and power resources begins with behavioral changes by Soldiers top down, not solely with investments in technologies and new equipment.

  • Fort Leonard Wood hosts first Energy Day

    Jul 18, 2012

    Energy experts from around the country spoke at Fort Leonard Wood's first "Energy Day" July 13.

  • Army engineers train Soldiers on renewable power systems

    Jul 17, 2012

    Army engineers spent four days in Anchorage, Alaska June 4-7, training Soldiers on portable, renewable power systems that enable extended missions in remote locations.

  • Electric-powered vehicles hit the streets of Fort Carson

    Jul 17, 2012

    The Recycle Program EV, one of world's largest plug-in battery-electric powered trucks, arrived here in late 2011 for a performance demonstration period courtesy of the Army's Tank Automotive and Development Command. Three other EVs are now in use by the Directorate of Logistics and the DOL Transportation Motor Pool.

  • Meter systems earn network certification

    Jun 27, 2012

    Centralized reporting of energy and water consumption is critical to executing energy-savings plans around the Army, and recent developments that authorize meter data transmission over the service's enterprise network hold promise for energy managers at facilities, installations and up to the Department level. The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Hunstville has four configurations of advanced power meters approved for use by the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command as of June 1.

  • USACE earns first LEED® certification for US facility in Germany

    Jun 26, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany (June 26, 2012) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District announced today that it has been awarded the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification of a U.S. facility in Germany. LEED, established by the U.S. Green Building Council, is an internationally recognized program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings

  • Reserve CEO outlines Army's push for better energy use

    Jun 25, 2012

    Army Reserve Command Chief Executive Officer Addison Davis spoke June 25, 2012, before the Association of Climate Change Officers' annual Defense, National Security and Climate Change conference in Washington, D.C.

  • CASCOM energizes Army's focus on Operational Energy

    Jun 25, 2012

    The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command tasked U.S. Army Combined Arms Support Command in July 2011 to serve as the agency responsible for leading and coordinating a multifunctional development team.

  • District brings 'green' power to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

    Jun 20, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District's Nellis Resident Office recently completed a solar power project for the Bureau of Land Management at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

  • Army to deliver fuel-efficient generators to Afghanistan

    Jun 12, 2012

    The U.S. Army will soon field its next generation of operational energy to Afghanistan with a line of leaner, fuel-saving generators expected to transform the way power is delivered to the battlefield.

  • Service Officials Affirm Commitment to Renewable Energy

    Jun 12, 2012

    Army and Air Force senior leaders said they remain confident that industry partnerships will help develop large-scale renewable energy projects on the services' posts and installations.

  • Fort Carson achieves first platinum certification

    Jun 7, 2012

    A milestone in building construction was reached at Fort Carson, Colo., in April when a brigade and battalion headquarters building on Wilderness Road received the first U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum certification for the installation.

  • Test systems using alternative fuel source

    Jun 7, 2012

    Test systems on White Sands Missile Range are using new alternative fuel options for better, cleaner, long term power.

  • Army engineers spur development of tactical microgrids

    Jun 5, 2012

    U.S. Army engineers are leading research on tactical microgrids to deliver more efficient power to Soldiers across combat zones, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

  • Natick becoming more green

    Jun 5, 2012

    This close to Boston, green is a popular color -- especially with the Celtics making an unexpectedly strong run in the NBA playoffs. When people talk "green" at the Natick Soldier Systems Center these days, however, they could just as easily be discussing the environment as basketball.

  • Hammack talks sustainability considerations for senior leaders with Army War College students

    May 31, 2012

    U.S. Army War College students discussed sustainability considerations for senior leaders and the Army Net Zero program with Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, the Hon. Katherine Hammack, during the capstone lecture in an elective class here.

  • Power User Conference Highlights Energy Innovation and Solutions

    May 31, 2012

    Reducing energy consumption, standardizing equipment across the armed forces, streamlining processes and improving training dominated discussion at the 2012 Power User Conference.Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines gathered at the fifth annual conference held by the Department of Defense's (DoD) Project Manager, Mobile Electric Power, or PM MEP, as an open forum to address tactical electric power topics and solutions.

  • Army takes important step towards enabling a Global Energy Grid for the battlefield

    May 30, 2012

    U.S. Army CERDEC engineers hosted the DISA CTO to discuss the Global Energy Grid, a CERDEC concept to leverage civilian smart grid technoogies to more efficiently deliver energy to U.S. forces worldwide. The GEG would use DISA-owned data command and control links to coordinate and schedule the generation and usage of military power sources. This could maximize the delivery of power from available sources to where it is needed most, and efficiently manage these resources.

  • Army - Air Force hold Joint Media Engagement at Joint Base San Antonio

    May 27, 2012

    The Army and Air Force are finding ways to make the military more energy efficient.

  • Green Neighbor sharing of Yongsan environmental program

    May 24, 2012

    YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea -- "Yongsan is very transparent, especially in regards to the environment." That was the assessment from Maj. Lim Sin-taek, a Military officer with the Korean Ministry of National Defense (MND), after participating in U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan's internal Environmental Management System (EMS) audit, May 22.

  • Army develops lighter, fuel-efficient generator

    May 23, 2012

    Army engineers were recognized for their collaborative efforts with small business to develop a transportable 100 kW generator that is 3,150 pounds lighter than those currently in theater.

  • Army develops generator 1.5 tons lighter than current option

    May 22, 2012

    Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center engineers were recognized for their collaborative efforts with small business to develop a transportable 100 kW generator that is 3,150 pounds lighter than those currently in theater.

  • Army commits to security through renewable energy

    May 22, 2012

    The assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, in a bloggers roundtable today, said one of the reasons the Army is committed to one gigawatt of renewable energy is security.

  • Army S&T team develops power, energy solutions in Afghanistan

    May 18, 2012

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The U.S. Army's science and technology command center in Afghanistan is unburdening Soldiers by improving power and energy capabilities in theater. Michael Zalewski, a mechanical engineer with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, deployed to Bagram Airfield from September 2011 to February 2012. He supported Operation Enduring Freedom by reducing the logistics burden of fuel on Soldiers. Zalewski served as the power and energy subject matter expert for the RDECOM Field Assistance in Science and Technology-Center, or RFAST-C, which brings civilian engineers and technicians to a central location to provide scientific solutions directly in theater.

  • Energy expert challenges cadets to become new energy leaders

    May 16, 2012

    It's a question everyone's heard more than once; paper or plastic? The environmentally responsible answer is actually canvas.

  • Lewis-McChord turns trash into treasure

    May 16, 2012

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., sold at auction what is being called the largest pile of compost ever sold through the government's surplus liquidation site.

  • Students tackle solar power problems

    May 11, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Wiesbaden Middle School students dug deep into the nuts and bolts of solar power April 27. The members of teacher David Bruce's eighth-grade electronics class got an inside look at the various options for harnessing the sun's energy and worked through the math needed to determine actual requirements and output.

  • Army scientists develop deployable renewable-energy solutions

    May 10, 2012

    U.S. Army scientists are researching methods to harness the sun and wind to ease the burdens associated with transporting fossil fuels to dangerous areas.

  • Net Zero Energy research presented at Project Day

    May 10, 2012

    The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installation, Energy and Environment made a special trip to West Point May to hear what cadets have to say about the Army's Net Zero Energy initiative. The Honorable Katherine Hammack toured the campus during Projects Day at West Point, where hundreds of cadets brief, demonstrate and display a vast range of intellectual capital through a showcase of projects and presentations.

  • Army scientists explore wireless power transfer

    May 8, 2012

    A focus of Army Science and Technology is to figure out how to power Soldiers, and their equipment without increasing the amount of weight they have to carry on the battlefield.

  • Improved batteries, SWIPES to lighten Soldiers' load

    May 7, 2012

    The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command is lightening the Soldier's load by developing smaller and lighter batteries. Scientists and engineers are unburdening the Soldier, increasing maneuverability, reducing fatigue, and cutting time needed for battery re-charging.

  • Afghan-coalition cooperation brings more electricity to Kandahar City residents

    May 4, 2012

    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Afghanistan's power utility, Da Breshna Sherkat, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Task Force Breshna Barq teamed up again; this time to bring more electricity to the Sabiqa area of Kandahar City May 2.

  • Soldiers build huge fuel farm during Raider Focus

    May 3, 2012

    Soldiers from Company A, 3rd Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, Third Infantry Division, gazed upon a massive 120,000 gallon fuel farm system they just completely built and tested as part of Raider Focus, April 19, near Faro Airfield.

  • Small test at Watervliet reveals huge potential savings for DOD

    May 2, 2012

    The Watervliet Arsenal has just completed a yearlong study to determine if military boiler plants could be made more efficient and environmentally friendly and this month, the results are in and they show a potential to save millions of dollars for the Department of Defense.

  • Tablet PC to replace paper for Network Integration Evaluation

    May 2, 2012

    The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command is beginning to replace paper with digital data collection options in preparation for the next Network Integration Evaluation at White Sands Missile Range this May.

  • Hydrogen-powered bus to begin service on JBLM

    Apr 30, 2012

    As part of a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Initiative, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., received a hydrogen bus last year to develop a route to take Airmen and Soldiers, civilian employees and family members around the installation.

  • CAAA Employee Honored for Energy Saving Efforts

    Apr 30, 2012

    Crane Army Ammunition Activity employee Angela Bray received a Building Energy Monitor Award April 26 at the Crane Energy Expo for her as an energy monitor that significantly contributed to the efficiency of the ammunition activity.

  • New shuttle bus part of DLA Hydrogen Fuel Initiative at JBLM

    Apr 27, 2012

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- Last fall Joint Base Lewis-McChord received a hydrogen bus as part of the Defense Logistic Agency's Hydrogen Fuel Initiative designed to accelerate moving hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from research labs to the real world.

  • Concept vehicle rolls out to meet Detroit public

    Apr 26, 2012

    The Army debuted its latest concept vehicle that not only significantly improves upon fuel economy, it also has the capability to generate and export electric power to Soldiers in austere locations like Afghanistan.

  • Earth Day landfill tour increases environmental awareness

    Apr 25, 2012

    Last week fourth- and fifth-graders from Aukamm Elementary School in Wiesbaden, Germany, toured the Wiesbaden landfill, April 17, 2012, during a field trip in honor of Earth Day.

  • Reception Station Barracks certified LEED silver

    Apr 25, 2012

    The Green Building Certification Institute has certified the Reception Station Barracks on Sand Hill as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver. The two buildings opened last summer as part of a 300,000-square-foot complex for the 30th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception). It includes a new headquarters, dining facility and Soldier community center.

  • Hawker Battery mission turns out lights in Kuwait

    Apr 25, 2012

    A two-man team working in a tent here has saved the Army more than $7 million over the past 18 months by charging batteries for re-use.

  • Celebrating Earth Day at AMC

    Apr 24, 2012

    REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- From the parking lot to the sixth floor, the U.S. Army Materiel Command joined the rest of the nation in celebrating Earth Day by increasing awareness one employee at a time here, April 20.

  • Humphreys celebrates Earth Day

    Apr 23, 2012

    CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea -- "Rain, sleet, or snow, Earth Day is a go," said Onsemus Smith, Chief of the Pollution Prevention and Compliance Branch of the United States Army Garrison Department of Public Works' Environmental Division.

  • White House honors 'Champion of Change' for Afghanistan energy-saving

    Apr 20, 2012

    An Army Reserve officer who researched the effectiveness of energy-saving "micro-grid" technology in Afghanistan was among nine Americans honored as "Champions of Change" by the White House, April 19, 2012.

  • Soldiers at core of Network Integration Evaluation

    Apr 18, 2012

    The flashy systems may attract a lot of attention, but it is the Soldiers who get the final say when it comes to evaluating new network technologies.

  • Green Warrior Convoy Announced - "It's about saving Soldiers' lives"

    Apr 12, 2012

    The Army announced plans for a "Green Warrior Convoy" to demonstrate vehicle energy and educate the value of science and technology in Army vehicles.

  • Army leaders open new energy lab for business

    Apr 12, 2012

    More than 300 government, industry and academic leaders converged on the Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Mich., for the grand opening of the Army's one-of-a-kind Ground Systems Power and Energy Laboratory, April 11, 2012.

  • Saving energy: Garrison's conservation efforts recognized

    Apr 11, 2012

    WIESBADEN, Germany - Members of the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden were among representatives from more than 30 companies and organizations honored by the city of Wiesbaden in a ceremony at the Rathaus (City Hall) March 27. For the third time in four years, the Wiesbaden military community earned the coveted Oekoprofit Letter of Commendation for having successfully completed the city's yearlong environmental/energy audit process.

  • Program to cut energy use

    Apr 11, 2012

    FORT BENNING, Ga. (April 11, 2012) -- Fort Benning wants its units, directorates and agencies to lower excess energy use and promote awareness about power consumption. Officials will make it worth their while. In an effort to enhance stewardship of taxpayer money and the environment, the installation has rolled out the Energy Conservation and Incentive Program, which is aimed at getting personnel to do their part in facilities around post, said Peter Lukken, the garrison's strategic sustainability planner.

  • Army announces "Green Warrior Convoy"

    Apr 11, 2012

    The Army announced plans April 11, 2012, for a "Green Warrior Convoy" to demonstrate and educate the value of science and technology in Army vehicles.

  • Top Michigan construction firms, Army COE bring Army's 'greenest' lab to life

    Apr 9, 2012

    More than 300 of the nation's top government, industry and academic leaders will tour a unique lab April 11 that is not only the cornerstone of the Army's next-generation of power and energy initiatives but also the Army's most environmentally conscious laboratory.

  • Army Earth Day 2012: Sustaining environment for secure future

    Apr 6, 2012

    The U.S. Army will celebrates Earth Day, April 22, 2012, at approximately 200 installations, major commands and organizations in the United States and around the world.

  • USACE teams with Afghan power utility to solve outages in southern Afghanistan

    Apr 5, 2012

    Helmand and Kandahar province residents, businesses and industry have more consistent and reliable power now thanks to the team of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' electric experts and their Afghan counterparts from Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, the state-run power utility.

  • Senior Army, Energy, Legislative Officials to attend opening of Army lab in Michigan

    Apr 5, 2012

    A distinguished lineup of Army leaders and energy officials will join Michigan's Senate delegation to stress the importance of energy security and commemorate the grand opening of the Army's new eight-labs-in-one facility: the Ground Systems Power and Energy Laboratory.

  • Power user conference to highlight operational energy innovation

    Mar 30, 2012

    Supplying tactical electric power to the battlefield in a reliable, energy-efficient way is a key goal of the Department of Defense's Project Manager Mobile Electric Power and the focus of an upcoming Users' Conference.

  • Fort Hood turns on solar field, generates renewable energy

    Mar 29, 2012

    After a year of planning and construction, Fort Hood, Texas, and Universal Services Fort Hood Inc. activated a solar field of nearly 3,000 photovoltaic panels.

  • Army focuses on university research

    Mar 28, 2012

    Undersecretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal came to the University of Texas at Austin looking to strengthen the school's ties with the Army.

  • Winning the battle of energy savings

    Mar 28, 2012

    Last spring, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District completed the construction of a solar power project to provide energy to the New Jersey Army National Guard Joint Training and Training Development Center, located at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. The project is not only supporting a facility that is preparing Soldiers for battle, but saving the National Guard and taxpayers' considerable money and energy.

  • Strategic decisions sway Army to defer construction

    Mar 28, 2012

    The Army's military construction budget request for next year is 32 percent less than this year, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, told senators.

  • Unprecedented capabilities, high-tech resources to debut at Army's new lab complex

    Mar 26, 2012

    When the U.S. Army opens the new Ground Systems Power and Energy Laboratory April 11, officials will unveil 30,000 square feet of research space, eight state-of-the-art labs and one of the world's largest environmental testing chambers.

  • Army will likely surpass President's goals for Energy Savings Performance Contracts

    Mar 22, 2012

    The Army announced that it is likely to execute $800 million in alternative financed energy efficiency projects in the next two years, more than double the amount that will be asked of the Army as part of the Federal Government's efforts to meet the requirements set forth in President Obama's December 2, 2011 Presidential Memorandum.

  • Fort Hood turns on 1 million Kwh solar field

    Mar 21, 2012

    Fort Hood will turn on the solar field at 3 p.m., March 27, at the site east of Liberty Village and south of Johnson Drive. There will be ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of the solar field.

  • Hon Katherine Hammack testifies before Senate (MILCON, Housing, BRAC)

    Mar 21, 2012

    The Honorable Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment testifies on FY-12 Army Military Construction, family housing and Base Realignment and Closure budgets, before the Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate.

  • McHugh glimpses Army energy future

    Mar 19, 2012

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh glimpsed the Army's energy future March 16, 2012, while attending the Army Power & Energy Initiatives Breakfast and visiting the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Army to partner with industry for up to $7 billion in renewable-energy projects

    Mar 19, 2012

    The Army will partner with industry for up to $7 billion in renewable-energy sources -- wind, solar, biomass and geothermal -- and has released a draft request for proposal that could allow multiple projects to begin nationwide.

  • Energy to Tactical Edge: Hybrid power saving lives

    Mar 16, 2012

    The U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force launched an energy-based training, education and capabilities initiative for Soldiers at remote outposts.

  • McHugh glimpses Army energy future

    Mar 16, 2012

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh glimpsed the Army's energy future, March 16, while attending the Army Power & Energy Initiatives Breakfast and visiting the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Army's newest laboratory complex to open April 11

    Mar 15, 2012

    The U.S. Army will open a new lab complex at an April 11, 2012, ceremony at the Detroit Arsenal, Mich.

  • Army Secretary Sees Science behind the Soldier at Natick Labs

    Mar 15, 2012

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh visits the Natick Soldier Systems Center, Natick, Mass. to see new innovations which will help the Army save energy as well as to help save the lives of Soldiers.

  • Army to field energy-saving systems to deploying BCT

    Mar 13, 2012

    As part of the Army's Net Zero Operational Energy program, Soldiers from Europe's 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team learned to operate and maintain multiple hybrid-power management systems.

  • NetZero at the Tactical Edge Workshop bridges government, industry, academia

    Mar 12, 2012

    Effort unites disparate entities to develop relevant energy innovations.

  • Solar panels help Hunter Liggett near energy independence

    Mar 12, 2012

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District is nearing completion on a new solar microgrid at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., which will be capable of generating up to one megawatt of power.

  • Corpus Christi Army Depot begins pilot program to save energy

    Mar 9, 2012

    Corpus Christi Army Depot is taking steps to go green and reduce energy consumption to save money with a pilot program.

  • Joint Base Lewis-McChord turns trash into treasure

    Mar 8, 2012

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., sold at auction what is being called the largest pile of compost ever sold through the government's surplus liquidation site, Feb. 22, 2012.

  • Army Leaders testify during Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2013

    Mar 8, 2012

    Army Leaders testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee during the hearing for the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2013 and the future year's defense program.

  • Saving the planet, one pellet at a time

    Mar 5, 2012

    BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Baumholder energy initiatives are saving the planet, one wood pellet at a time. The U.S. Army Garrison Baumholder is moving forward with initiatives to save energy and help create an environmentally friendly community. The latest effort has been to install new furnaces that produce heat by burning wood pellets, which is 30 to 40 percent more economical than using heating oil.

  • Assistant Secretary Hammack reflects on Women's History Month

    Mar 1, 2012

    The Honorable Ms. Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment reflects on Women's History Month.

  • Net Zero helps Fort Polk achieve sustainable future

    Feb 27, 2012

    This is part one of a three part series on the Army going green (specifically on Fort Polk) The Army is going green in a big way. Fort Polk was chosen as a pilot installation for the Army's Net Zero Waste program in April 2011. Eighteen U.S. Army installations worldwide were chosen to participate in a Net Zero pilot in one of three areas: Energy, water or waste. Since then, plans have been in motion to determine the best way to reach "net zero." Net Zero is about reducing energy use, water use and waste production, all of which can help secure the Army's mission into the future. A Net Zero energy installation will produce as much energy as it consumes, resulting in a net usage of zero. A Net Zero water installation will limit consumption of water and return water back to the same watershed, without depleting the groundwater. A Net Zero waste installation will reduce, reuse, and recover waste streams with a goal of zero landfill use. Installations selected for the pilot program are striving to reach "net zero" by 2020.

  • Net Zero, post improvements on agenda for visiting Assistant Secretary

    Feb 24, 2012

    Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and the Environment Katherine Hammack visited Fort Polk, La., getting a first-hand look at the west central Louisiana post's recycling efforts, as well as improvements made in Soldiers' barracks and an elementary school.

  • Fort Bragg Energy Program recognized for saving energy with central heating plant

    Feb 23, 2012

    Once again Fort Bragg is being recognized as a leader and innovator in advanced energy technology implementation. The 82nd Area Central Energy Heating Plant off of Campobello Road is the site of a cogeneration unit or combined heat and power plant where an engine is being used to simultaneously generate both electricity and useful heat.

  • Army unveils world's first military fleet of fuel cell vehicles

    Feb 22, 2012

    U.S. Army, Pacific, unveiled a fleet of 16 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles that the military services in Hawaii are testing in an effort to research efficient, clean and renewable energy sources, and reduce the U.S. military's dependence on petroleum.

  • The U.S. Army Brings Detroit Military Muscle and Efficiency to Chicago

    Feb 14, 2012

    Army uncovers energy effecient hybrid concept vehicles at the largest Auto Show in the U.S.

  • Army brings prototype scout vehicle to Chicago Auto Show

    Feb 14, 2012

    The U.S. Army's newest concept models are among about 1,000 vehicles on display at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

  • Wood fuel innovation saves money, reduces energy

    Feb 13, 2012

    Cost-effective, energy-reduction strategies are what the home of the Third Infantry Division is all about. And one directorate at Fort Stewart is doing just that -- saving money and reducing energy one wood chip at a time.

  • West Point cadets get current on nuclear energy developments

    Feb 13, 2012

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (Feb. 10, 2012) -- Is America ready for a nuclear renaissance? This was the topic presented Feb. 2 at Eisenhower Hall for nearly 1,100 cadets enrolled in general and advanced chemistry courses. Lending an authoritative voice to the subject was Dr. Sue Clark, a regents professor and tenured faculty member at Washington State University. Clark, a fellow of the American Chemical Society, was appointed in July 2011 by the president to serve on the U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board which advises Congress and the Secretary of Energy.

  • Solar power to energize Detroit Arsenal

    Feb 7, 2012

    The first solar-powered microgrid to provide energy to an Army installation is scheduled to be operational this spring. U.S. Army engineers will install the system at Detroit Arsenal.

  • Army bringing Detroit military muscle, efficiency to Chicago Auto Show

    Feb 3, 2012

    The U.S. Army is sending two concept hybrid vehicles to the Chicago Auto Show to showcase its latest energy-efficiency efforts that can save money, address environmental concerns and save Soldiers' lives.

  • Army reduced 'energy intensity' by 4 percent last year

    Feb 2, 2012

    The Army's overall "energy intensity" went down last year, said the Army's lead on energy-use reduction.

  • Army's chief energy exec visits West Point

    Feb 1, 2012

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (Feb. 1, 2012) -- Richard Kidd, the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for energy and sustainability, met with senior leaders and cadets Jan. 26-27 to discuss West Point's energy endeavors.

  • Army's largest renewable energy project part of $61 million energy contracts

    Jan 25, 2012

    The Army has awarded three Energy Savings Performance Contracts with a total value of $61 million, including one that will result in the largest renewable energy project executed to date by the Army.

  • Assistant Secretary vsits new TARDEC laboratory

    Jan 23, 2012

    The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment toured the Army's one-of-a-kind testing centers being built for the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).

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