WASHINGTON -- The Army announced the winners of the 2020 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards program, the highest honor conferred by the Army in the field of environmental science and sustainability.
The Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, Mr. J. E. ”Jack” Surash, P.E., selected four installations and two teams to represent the Army in the 2021 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards Program.
"The Army recognizes successes that demonstrate the Army Environmental Program’s focus on supporting the highest level of installation and Soldier readiness. This focus ensures the Army continues to preserve the natural infrastructure and realistic environments our Soldiers need in order to train, fight and win,” said Surash. “Our Army environmental teams deserve this recognition. Their work protects human health, improves Soldier and family quality of life and protects the natural environment.”
This year's winners demonstrated superior program management and presented a variety of environmental technical solutions that benefit and enable the mission, are transferrable to other Army organizations and installations, involve local stakeholders, and produce measurable outcomes and a positive impact.
Congratulations to the Army's 2020 award winners:
Natural Resources Conservation – Large Installation: Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield
Cultural Resources Management – Small Installation: Camp Umatilla, Oregon Army National Guard
Sustainability – Non-Industrial Installation: U.S. Army Garrison Fort Polk
Environmental Restoration – Installation: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District
Cultural Resources Management – Team/Individual: Cultural Resources Management Team, Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield
Sustainability – Team/Individual: Sustainability Team, Minnesota Army National Guard
The winners of this year's environmental awards stand out as examples of how environmental stewardship and sustainability play a crucial role in the Army's mission readiness. Investments that the Army makes in environmental programs and sustainability initiatives pay dividends in sustaining realistic training and testing capabilities both now and in the future.
For more information about the Secretary of the Army Environmental Award program, visit the U.S. Army Environmental Command's website at https://aec.army.mil/index.php/awards.