WEST POINT, N.Y. –– The U.S. Military Academy and the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment) are announcing a partnership to establish...

By ASAIEEOctober 6, 2022

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WEST POINT, N.Y. –– The U.S. Military Academy and the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment) are announcing a partnership to establish the Sustainable Infrastructure, Resilience, and Climate Consortium. The SIRCC will educate future Army leaders on the role sustainability and resilience can play to increase the capabilities and effectiveness of the force while simultaneously addressing the threats of climate change.

The joint initiative will provide cadets formal academic opportunities in the field sustainability and resilience. Faculty and cadets will collaborate with ASA IE&E to explore opportunities to integrate the connection between national security, sustainable infrastructure, resilience, and climate change. This new curriculum will generate a community of experts that will go on to lead in the Army at company and field-grade levels and strengthen mission capabilities operations. These collaborative efforts will establish new academic classes at West Point and will also include a speaker series of prominent leaders to promote the intellectual environment and facilitate discussions.

“This alliance is a prime example of how West Point develops cadets and faculty members as leaders of character by challenging them to innovate to solve complex Army problems," said Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Gen. Shane R. Reeves. "Opportunities to work directly with Army leaders like Hon. Rachel Jacobson and her team are central to that effort. We are grateful for their continued support."

Building on years of collaboration and research, the consortium will leverage the intellectual capital of West Point and focus on supporting the Army Climate Strategy to improve mission capability, sustainability of Army infrastructure, and enhanced resilience of the fighting force.

“This joint initiative between IE&E and West Point will significantly enhance the Army’s sustainability and resiliency goals by educating future Army leaders on these important topics,” said the Assistant Secretary of the Army for IE&E Hon. Jacobson. “We hope that the support for SIRCC as it gets started, will position the academy well into the future to engage cadets in challenging, critical discussions regarding the security implications of climate change, energy, water, resilience, and sustainability, all of which directly impact the Army’s readiness and modernization efforts.”

About West Point:

The U. S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federal, liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. It was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering and continues today as the world’s premier leader-development institution, consistently ranked among top colleges in the country. Its mission remains constant—to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U. S. Army. For more information, go to www.westpoint.edu.

About the ASA(IE&E):

The Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment) is the primary policy advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff, Army on all U.S. Army matters related to installation infrastructure, oversight and coordination of climate change initiatives, energy security and environmental management. It is also responsible for oversight of military construction, operations, and maintenance; housing real estate, and utilities; and the Army's safety and occupational health programs.