Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards Program: Sustaining the environment for a secure future

Thursday February 21, 2008

What is it?

The Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards program confers the Army's highest honor for environmental stewardship on those installations, teams and individuals making strides in endangered species protection, historic preservation, waste reduction, environmental cleanup, pollution prevention and other environmental disciplines. "These Army environmental awardees are examples of how the Army is transforming its business and environmental practices to bridge today's requirements with tomorrow's needs. The awardees have improved installation efficiency and effectiveness, and therefore have helped assure operational capability for our Soldiers and an improved quality of life for their Families and surrounding communities," said Tad Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for the Environment, Safety and Occupational Health.

What has the Army done?

Five installations, three teams and one individual will receive a 2007 Secretary of the Army Environmental Award for their achievements as the Army best environmental practices. The winners of the FY 2007 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards were:

- Camp San Luis Obispo, California Army National Guard - a Natural Resources Conservation, Small Installation
- Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depot, Connecticut Army National Guard - Pollution Prevention, Industrial Installation
- U.S. Army Garrison Daegu, Korea - Environmental Quality, Team
- Fort Hood, Texas - Environmental Quality, Non-Industrial Installation
- Fort Ruger, Hawaii Army National Guard - Environmental Restoration, Installation
- James G. Arnold, Oregon Army National Guard - Environmental Restoration, Individual
- Pennsylvania Army National Guard - Natural Resources Conservation, Team
- Redstone Arsenal, Ala. - Cultural Resources Management, Installation
- The M115A2 and M116A1 Simulator Perchlorate Replacement Team, Project Manager Close Combat Systems (PM CSS), U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) - Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition, Team

What's planned for the future?

Through initiatives like these award-winning efforts, the Army has realized great cost savings, mission-enhancing innovation, increased environmental stewardship and beneficial partnerships with local communities. For these reasons, the Army is accelerating its movement from a traditional compliance-based approach to a mission-based approach that spurs innovation and improves the Army's ability to remain relevant and ready in the future.

Why is this important to the Army?

Sound environmental stewardship practices enable the Army to strengthen readiness; improve installation operations; reduce costs and minimize impacts; and enhance the well-being of our Families and community neighbors.


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