Energy Awareness Month-October 2006

Wednesday October 11, 2006

1. October is National Energy Awareness Month and this year's theme is "Energy Independence Depends on US." The annual event promotes a greater awareness of energy consumption, wiser use of limited energy resources, and highlights the importance of energy to the economic prosperity, security and growth of America.

2. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 05) charges each of us to significantly improve our energy management, to save taxpayers dollars and reduce environmentally harmful emissions. The Department of Defense is the Nation's single largest energy user. The Army is the largest utilities consumer and therefore we must be the leader in energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy products.

3. We are proud of many of the accomplishments made in promoting energy awareness on our installations. Since 1985, the Army has reduced energy consumption by 29.4 percent. Unfortunately, from 2003 to 2005 we increased energy use by 3.5 percent due to the Global War on Terrorism and a loss of focus on energy conservation. We must continue to excel in this area to exceed the mandate of a 2 percent reduction per year from 2006 to 2015 to meet EPAct 05.

4. This October, I ask each member of the Army community to enhance their energy awareness and improve energy conservation. As energy users, we all have the power to make this program a success. Let's continue to make smart energy choices and improve our energy independence.

5. For more information about energy, visit the Army Energy Program homepage at http://army-energy.hqda.pentagon.mil/

Extracted from the Secretary of the Army's letter which can be viewed here

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

Deputy Under Secretary of the Army (Business Transformation) to Lead Panel at AUSA Convention

Mr. Michael Kirby, the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army for Business Transformation, will lead a panel discussion at the 2006 Annual AUSA Convention: Army Business Transformation: Scope, Methodology, & Initial Successes.

The Panel Discussion will take place on Wednesday, October 11th, 2:30-4:00 PM at the Washington Convention Center in Room 150. Participation is open to all convention attendees. For more information on Army Business Transformation go to: www.army.mil/ArmyBTKC/

To register (free) to attend this Forum, and the AUSA Convention, go online to: www.udreg.com/ausa06/

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • Army's Chief Of Staff Sees Shaky Prospects Ahead (EB | MH)
  • Energy Awareness Month Promotes Wiser Use of Limited Resources (ARNews)
  • DOD Officials Say Quality of Recruits Remains High (SAS)
  • Soldiers Protect Peace on North, South Korea Border (ARNews)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Study Claims Iraq's 'Excess' Death Toll Has Reached 655,000 (WP)
  • U.S. Troops Improve Life in Iraqi Quarter (ST)
  • U.S. Troops Often Need Iraqi Approval to Act (EB | USAT)
  • Baghdad Blasts Kill 17; Dozens Of Bodies Found (NYT)

OF INTEREST

  • Deployed Actors Take on Huge Task of Staging Musical at Camp Liberty (SAS)
  • Greenwood Reservist Named Army's Soldier of the Year (IS)
  • Emmett, Alexander Named Army's Top Soldiers (ARNews)
  • Soldiers Honored for Pakistan Earthquake Relief (ARNews)

WORLD VIEW

  • U.S. Army Beats Recruiting, Retention Goals (CP | Story)
  • U.S. Army Aims to Award Cargo Plane in Early 2007 (RT | Story)
  • News Analysis: U.S. Hitting Limits of Military, Political Power to Influence What's Next in Iraq (CD | Story)
  • Top al Qaeda Leader Urges Fighters to Hit White House (NZH | Story)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • Soldiers' Angels Presented with Army National Guard Coins (SAG)
  • Combat Camera: Polish Soldiers Provide Security (BS)
  • The Return of the First Team (BS)

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