Army environmental program partners with notable environmental stewardship and sustainability successes in natural resource conservation, cultural resource management, environmental quality, sustainability, environmental restoration, and environmental excellence in weapon systems acquisition earned Pentagon recognition as the Department of the Army announced the winners of its highest environmental awards.
This year's winners of the Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards serve as role models and remind us how crucial environmental stewardship and sustainability can be to Army readiness. The Army's continued investments in environmental and energy security help to assure realistic testing and training capabilities are maintained and sustained into the future.
Four Army National Guard installations, two arsenals, and two teams will receive Fiscal Year 2014 Secretary of the Army Awards for their environmental program achievements. These winners will go on to represent the Army in the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards Program later this year.
This year's winning accomplishments include streamlined compliance with historic property requirements and exceptional historic preservation projects, creative approaches to eliminate or reduce land-use constraints, and development of environmentally friendly replacement chemicals and improved designs for handheld fire extinguishers in Army rotary wing aircraft. They also include exemplary environmental management systems and compliance assurance programs, decreased costs and innovative treatment process for an environmental restoration project, and reducing conflicts between conservation and training goals via the Army Compatible Use Buffer program, as well as reduced energy usage and increased and improved recycling programs.
The winners of the FY 2014 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards are:
• Natural Resource Conversation (Large Installation category) - Camp Blanding, Florida Army National Guard
• Cultural Resource Management (Small Installation category) - Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey
• Environmental Quality (Industrial category) - Missouri Army National Guard
• Sustainability (Non-industrial category) - Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania Army National Guard
• Environmental Restoration - Northeast Cape FUDS Team, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska
• Cultural Resource Management (Team or Individual category) - Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
• Sustainability (Team or Individual category) - Minnesota Army National Guard
• Environmental Excellence in Weapons System Acquisition (Small Program category) - Redstone Arsenal Aviation Weapon Systems IPT