ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Army programs making strides in endangered species protection, historic preservation, waste reduction, environmental restoration, sustainability, and pollution prevention earned Pentagon recognition in January as the Department of the Army announced the winners of its highest honors for environmental stewardship and sustainability.

Seven installations, three teams, and one individual will receive Fiscal 2008 Secretary of the Army Awards for their environmental and sustainability program achievements.

This year's winning accomplishments include designing a multi-phase ethnographic oral history collection project, achieving significant waste and emissions reductions, securing special legislation that returns state timber revenues to the Army, constructing a photovoltaic array to reduce dependence on fossil fuel, and implementing performance-based contracting to save the Army millions of dollars in cleanup costs.

"The Army is committed to protecting the environment at installations here and overseas," said Tad Davis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for the Environment, Safety and Occupational Health. "In fact, as the winners of our environmental awards demonstrate, the Army is getting more and more sophisticated in its use of environmental technology and sustainable practices. We're becoming a greener shade of green."

The winners of this year's environmental awards stand out as examples of how environmental stewardship and sustainability plays a crucial role in the Army's readiness mission. Investments the Army makes in environmental programs and sustainability initiatives pay dividends in sustaining realistic training and testing capabilities both now and in the future.

The winners of the FY 2008 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards are:
• Camp Johnson, Vermont Army National Guard - Environmental Quality, Industrial Installation
• U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, Germany - Environmental Quality, Overseas Installation
• Camp Navajo, Arizona Army National Guard - Cultural Resources Management, Installation
• Fort Bragg, N.C. - Environmental Restoration, Installation
• Camp Ripley Maneuver and Training Center, Minnesota Army National Guard - Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation
• Combined Support Maintenance Shop, Michigan Army National Guard - Pollution Prevention, Non-industrial Installation
• Field Maintenance Shop #2 Pollution Prevention Team, North Carolina Army National Guard - Pollution Prevention, Team
• Fort Drum, N.Y. - Cultural Resources Management, Team/Individual
• Fort Hood, TX - Sustainability, Installation
• Fort Carson, CO - Sustainability, Team
• Major Laura McHugh, Pennsylvania Army National Guard - Sustainability, Individual

The Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards represent the highest honor in the field of environmental science and sustainability conferred by the Army. Many of these award winners will compete for the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards this year.
For details about the fiscal year 2008 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards recipients visit the U.S. Army Environmental Command's Web site at http://aec.army.mil/usaec/newsroom/awards00.html.