The U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood's Installation Strategic Sustainability Program recently won the Installation Sustainability (Non-Industrial) Award in the Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards.
Fort Leonard Wood is among five installations that have moved forward to represent the Army in the Fiscal Year 2018 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards Program, along with two teams and one individual from other locations.
Plans, Analysis and Integration Office Director Bryan Parker said this award recognizes the ongoing efforts across the installation. These efforts, he said, enhance the ability of facilities and the workforce to better support the commanding general's intentions.
"This program is only as good as the individuals who faithfully come to meetings and invest their time and energy in making Fort Leonard Wood a better place to work, live and play now and far into the future," Parker said.
Brock Lercher, ISSP manager, said there are hundreds of stakeholders who routinely participate in meetings throughout the year. This team identified, planned and initiated 25 projects for FY18 in addition to the on-going, longer term efforts.
These projects include:
-- The design and funding of a combined heat and power project which will provide cogeneration of power and heat -- replacing approximately seven percent of the installation's annual electrical energy use. The CHP will be added to the existing heating/cooling plants, will increase resilience and save $8 million over its lifetime.
-- Completion of the first Army Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEEDv4, Advanced Individual Training barracks complex. The complex includes a Barracks Company Operation Facility, a dining facility and Battalion Headquarters. The complex will save more than 90 percent of indoor water use and 73 percent in energy costs.
"(It was difficult) condensing all the FY17 and 18 ISSP efforts and telling the Fort Leonard Wood story in only a seven-page nomination narrative," Lercher said. "There are a lot of great things being done on the installation."
The Army-level winners are as follows:
Natural Resources Conservation (large installation category): Florida Army National Guard, Camp Blanding
Cultural Resources Management (small installation category): Washington Army National Guard
Environmental Quality (industrial installation category): Wisconsin Army National Guard
Sustainability (non-industrial category): Fort Leonard Wood
Environmental Restoration (installation category): Fort Drum, New York
Cultural Resources Management (team or individual category): Mississippi Army National Guard, Rita McCarty
Sustainability (team or individual category): Fort Stewart, Georgia
Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition (small program): Tagnite Technical Working Group, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.