PENTAGON (Dec. 14, 2011) -- The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment traveled to Redstone Arsenal, Ala., to observe the growth and change brought about by Base Realignment and Closure and its impact on the installation's energy and environment efforts.

In her first visit to Redstone Arsenal, Katherine Hammack noted that since Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, 2005 the population has increased by 40 percent. Over her three-day visit, she will see first-hand the growth and change and talk to the people who made it happen.

She said such growth has an impact on the installation's energy and environment.

"That's part of what I want to look at and learn about," she explained.

Hammack will also be looking at their energy performance, how they are tracking energy usage and what they are doing with 'Net Zero,' the Army's initiative to create fully sustainable installations that maximize energy efficiency, implement water conservation practices, and eliminate unnecessary waste generation.

With growth came new buildings and construction. Hammack plans to look at some of the new buildings, their design functionality, and how well they conform to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.

During her visit she will meet with senior Army leaders from the Aviation and Missile Command, Army Material Command, Army Space and Missile Defense Command, Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, and representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"Redstone Arsenal is unique. Every installation is different. I'm going to be meeting with leaders at the installation to talk about the contracting they're doing on energy, efficiency and some of our renewable energy projects, to better understand where they might see challenges," she said. "For instance, are they getting the resources they need to execute their mission in today's fiscal environment, where we're going to be seeing budgets reduced? We all need to be a little more creative and efficient with the budgets that we have."