PENTAGON - The 2015 Net Zero Progress Report, published this month by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment (ASA (IE&E)), outlines the significant progress the pilot installations have made toward their Net Zero goals.

This Army Progress Report summarizes the pilot installations' and Commands' progress toward achieving Net Zero, highlighting resource consumption reduction, efficiency improvements, sustainable resources such as renewable energy and alternative water, and waste stream recovery.

Hon. Katherine Hammack said, "I am pleased to announce that pilot installations have been successful in integrating Net Zero principles into their project execution and day-to-day operations. Net Zero Energy pilot installations have been effective in reducing the energy use and generating renewable energy. Net Zero Water pilot installations have driven down water consumption while finding sustainable alternative water sources. Net Zero Waste pilot installations have made significant progress in reducing the volume of solid waste generated, increasing their recycling rates, and targeting larger waste streams."

"Even as our installations face funding and manpower challenges, we have seen great successes across all of the Commands, where the Army is using creative solutions to fund projects, reduce costs, and build partnerships that move Net Zero forward. Overall, the Army is using the Net Zero framework as a mission enabler making our installations more resilient. We will continue to pursue Net Zero measures to the maximum extent practicable and fiscally prudent," she said.

In October 2010, The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, Hon. Katherine Hammack, announced the creation of the Army Net Zero Initiative.

Net Zero is a holistic strategy founded upon the Army's long-standing sustainable practices and incorporation of emerging best practices to manage energy, water, and solid waste at our installations.

The Army's mission depends on access to energy, water, and waste resources. Their strategic management ensures the Army of tomorrow is better positioned to meet emerging mission requirements.

The Army launched the Net Zero Initiative with 17 pilot installations April 19, 2011. The pilot installations met a variety of criteria.

Each pilot volunteered, has support from both the Senior Mission and Garrison Commanders, represents diverse geographic constraints, and supports varied mission requirements.

The pilots serve as test beds to help the Army gather lessons learned, develop technical analysis and roadmaps, and construct a solid foundation to transition and institutionalize the Net Zero concept throughout the Army.

The pilot installations continue to serve as model communities for energy security and sustainability while we apply the Net Zero concept to all Army installations. Moving the initiative forward, the Army assigned oversight responsibility of the Net Zero Initiative to our land-holding Commands in 2014. The Commands continue to institute Net Zero concepts and processes across their installations.