"Sustainability is a national security imperative in a world of decreasing natural resources and increasing demand. The Army is building green, buying green, and going green in order to ensure that Soldiers have the resources they need to accomplish their mission in the United States and globally." - Secretary of the U.S. Army, Mr. Pete Geren.
What is it? Army Sustainability accelerates our movement from a traditional, compliance-based approach to environmental stewardship to an innovative, mission-oriented, systems-based approach. This approach leverages the interdependence among mission, environment, and community in all of our operations in order to ensure that the Army will have the capabilities it needs to transform to meet the challenges of the future. Sustainable practices will improve our ability to organize, equip, train, and deploy our Soldiers as part of the Joint Force.
The Army Strategy for the Environment - Sustain the Mission, Secure the Future states: "a sustainable Army simultaneously meets current as well as future mission requirements worldwide, safeguards human health, improves quality of life and enhances the natural environment." The goals outlined in this strategic document guide how we are integrating environmental considerations into each of the Army's four overarching strategies.
What has the Army done? We are working to establish and sustain the land, water, air and energy resources required to support our transformation from the current to the future force. In doing so, we are applying the principles of our business transformation effort, now well under way. Sustainable practices directly support our business transformation, because they seek to eliminate waste, drive innovation, and promote collaboration across the Army enterprise.
A number of initiatives have already demonstrated our commitment to transform our processes to ensure sustainability, including:
- 13 Army installations currently have set 25-year sustainability goals with participation from their surrounding communities. Six more have begun the sustainability planning process. To continue reading this topic in its entirety, click here.
- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement.
- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates.
- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace
- Army Public Affairs Portal