By Dennis Bohannon (ASA IE&E)January 26, 2011
Pentagon, WASHINGTON D.C. - The Army is pleased to announce the annual Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards. Five installations, one organization, two teams, and one individual will receive Secretary of the Army awards for their environmental and sustainability program achievements during fiscal 2010.
This year's winning accomplishments include the implementation of innovative research and development, environmental cost avoidance, habitat restoration, endangered species protection, identification and management of significant cultural resources, waste diversion and green procurement.
The Secretary of the Army's Environmental Awards represent the highest honor in the field of environmental science and sustainability conferred by the Army. These award winners will go on to compete for the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards later this year.
The FY 2010 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards winners include:
- Fort Drum, N.Y. - Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation
- Fort Bliss, Texas - Cultural Resources Management, Installation
- Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pa. - Environmental Quality, Industrial Installation
- U.S. Army Garrison - Grafenwoehr, Germany - Environmental Quality, Overseas Installation
- Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. - Sustainability, Non-industrial Installation
- Manning Point (Jago River) FUDS Team, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District - Environmental Restoration, Installation
- Ms. Chantal McKenzie, Texas Army National Guard - Cultural Resources Management, Individual
- Army Air Force Exchange System (AAFES) Sustainability Team, Dallas, Texas - Sustainability, Team
- Research, Development and Engineering Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. - Environmental Excellence in Weapon Acquisition, Small Program
"We need to focus on managing the resources we have at our disposal," said Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Installations, Energy and Environment. "These winning nominations translate into Army best practices. We are managing cultural and natural resources appropriately; reducing, reusing, repurposing and recycling; and doing what it takes to make our Army sustainable."
"I challenge all those not recognized in this year's environmental awards program to learn from what's highlighted in these nominations, to put these best practices into use in their own activities, and to share these stories and their own success stories with others," said Hammack. "Together we can have a significant impact on sustaining Army lands and supporting training and testing capabilities responsibly now and in the future."