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STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, January 24 2012

Today's Focus:

Army Net Zero Conference

Senior Leaders are Saying

Because the Army has such a focus on minimization of waste and recycling programs, this is becoming an economic driver in some of the communities that are surrounding our bases. It's a win not only for the Army, not only for future generations, but it's an economic win.

- Katherine Hammack, the assistant secretary of the Army for installations, environment and energy, emphasizes the fact that Army is instrumental in driving communities to take active interest in waste recycling.

Net Zero means 'more fuel for the fight'

What They're Saying

When you've lost your freedom, you've lost everything -- and we lost our freedom.

- World War II Veteran Retired Air Force Master Sgt. Tom Davis, one of the men captured by the Japanese in the Philippines in November 1941, and who survived the infamous Bataan Death March- infamous for wide-ranging physical abuse and murder, recalls the moments when he was captured as a prisoner of war.

Author, World War II vets remember 'Operation: PLUM'

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Today's Focus

Army Net Zero Conference

What is it?

The Army Net Zero Conference supports the Army Net Zero Pilot Installations and the Army's overall Net Zero initiative through interactive training sessions, exposure to innovative solutions from industry partners, and interactions between Army installations as they strive towards the Net Zero goals in energy, water, and waste. Additionally, the conference provides the opportunity for Net Zero Pilot Installations to highlight their plans, successes and achievements since being identified as Net Zero Pilot Installations.

What is the Army doing?

In April 2011, the Army identified six Net Zero pilot installations each for energy, water, and waste and two integrated installations striving towards Net Zero by 2020. This is a significant step in addressing the Army's sustainability and energy security challenges. The Net Zero approach is comprised of five interrelated steps: reduction, re-purpose, recycling and composting, energy recovery, and disposal. Each step is a link towards achieving Net Zero.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

As part of the Army's overall effort to conserve precious resources, Net Zero installations are working toward consuming only as much energy, water or waste as they produce.

Net Zero Pilot installations will become centers of environmental and energy excellence as they participate in the Net Zero Installation Strategy programmatic environmental planning process, showcase best management practices and demonstrate effective resource management. Further, they will establish a framework of reduction, re-purposing, recycling and composting, energy recovery, and disposal to guide them toward achieving Net Zero.

Each installation participates in monthly conference calls provides quarterly status updates to the public and share experiences and lessons learned in newsletters and at military and industry conferences.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army's vision is to appropriately manage our natural resources with a goal of net zero installations. Today the Army faces significant threats to our energy and water supply requirements both home and abroad. Addressing energy security and sustainability is operationally necessary, financially prudent, and essential to mission accomplishment. We must address these threats and work to ensure the Army of tomorrow has the same access to resources as the Army of today.

Resources:

STAND-TO!: Net Zero
STAND-TO!: Energy Initiatives Office Task Force

Army Energy
Asst. Sec of the Army for Installation, Energy and Environment
Army Net Zero at Engineering Knowledge Online website

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