By IMCOM Public AffairsApril 21, 2011
SAN ANTONIO -- The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, announced April 19 that several of Installation Management Command's installations and other U.S. Army installations were identified as net zero pilot installations as part of the Army's efforts to conserve precious resources such as energy and water and to eliminate waste to landfills.
Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, made the announcement at the Installation Management Command Symposium held in San Antonio, Texas, April 19-21.
"The Army has identified six net zero pilot installations in each of the energy, water, and waste categories and two integrated installations striving towards net zero by 2020," said Hammack. "This is a significant step in addressing the Army's sustainability and energy security challenges. Striving for net zero is operationally necessary, financially prudent, and critical to our mission."
While only six installations were identified for each category, two IMCOM installations volunteered to pilot all three categories simultaneously. Fort Bliss, Texas, and Fort Carson, Colo., will focus on net-zero energy and water usage, as well as net-zero contribution of waste to landfills.
The following six installations were identified as net-zero energy installations: Fort Detrick, Md., Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Parks Reserve Forces Training Area, Calif., Sierra Army Depot, Calif., and West Point, N.Y.
The following six installations were identified as net-zero water installations: Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Camp Rilea, Ore., Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, Fort Riley, Kan., Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pa.
The following six installations were identified as net-zero waste installations: Fort Detrick, Md., Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., Fort Polk, La., Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., and U.S. Army Garrison, Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Hammack said the installations will become centers of environmental and energy excellence as they participate in the Net Zero Installation Strategy programmatic environmental planning process, showcase best management practices, and demonstrate effective resource management. Further, they will establish a framework of reduction, re-purposing, recycling and composting, energy recovery, and disposal to guide them towards achieving net zero in an environmentally responsible, cost-effective and efficient manner.
The announcement initiates the programmatic environmental analysis and planning process for the Army's Net Zero Installation Strategy. Specifics for projects and initiatives will be determined through a programmatic environmental analysis which will include public engagement and stakeholder outreach."