Each year the Army accepts nominations in nine categories and selects those installations and organizations who have excelled in program management, technical merit, supporting the military mission, transferring lessons learned and involving installation personnel, residents and local community in their environmental program.
The Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards Program winners recognized for their successes during fiscal years 2016-2017 are:
Hawaii Army National Guard - Natural Resources Conservation, Small Installation -- for their efforts in reducing invasive species and returning land for Army use.
Pennsylvania Army National Guard Fort Indiantown Gap's Natural Resources Conservation Team - Natural Resources Conservation, Individual/Team -- for endangered species and habitat protection, while protecting the Army's ability to train.
Fort Hood - Environmental Quality, Non-industrial Installation -- for reducing waste, ensuring environmental compliance, implementing an effective environmental management system, promoting community relations, and streamlining environmental analyses.
Fort Hood's Qualified Recycle Program - Environmental Quality, Individual/Team -- for improvements in their program that increased capacity, made recycling easier, increased community partnerships and enabled them to collect more than 25 million pounds of recyclables which generated more than $2.5 million during the award period.
North Carolina Army National Guard - Sustainability, Industrial Installation -- for green operations at their Field Maintenance Shop #1, including significant reductions in both hazardous and universal waste, the implementation and hosting of new environmental training, and material inventory innovations.
Utah Army National Guard Former Wood Hollow Training Area - Environmental Restoration, Installation -- for pioneering an alternative detection methodology to assist in military munitions cleanup of the transferred former training area that enables future residential and commercial development.
Ohio Army National Guard Restoration Program Team - Environmental Restoration, Individual/Team -- for the resolution of a long-standing cleanup program obstacle and creation of two critical training resources on an aggressive schedule.
Minnesota Army National Guard's Camp Ripley - Cultural Resources Management, Large Installation -- for protecting more than 300 historic and prehistoric sites along the Mississippi and a frontier cavalry fort listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as other cultural resources, while minimizing the impact on Army training.
Program Executive Officer for Aviation's Cargo Helicopter System Safety Environmental Working Group - Environmental Excellence in Weapons System Acquisition, Large Program -- for eliminating hexavalent chromium, improving the rotor system to eliminate chromium plating, replacing ozone-depleting substances, and minimizing the use of other hazardous material on cargo helicopter aircraft and equipment.
These Army winners will compete against other military services in the Secretary of Defense competition. Department of Defense winners will be announced in April.