Army Earth Day: Sustaining the Environment for a Secure Future

Tuesday April 22, 2008

What is it?

Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. The idea was spearheaded by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin. The campaign for Earth Day began as a grassroots effort to teach about environmental stewardship, create an awareness of the environment's fragility, and ultimately, to thrust that awareness into the mainstream of American society. The campaign caught on quickly and evolved into what we now celebrate as Earth Day each April 22.

What has the Army done?

The U.S. Army celebrates Earth Day at about 200 Army commands, installations and organizations in the continental United States and around the world. This year's theme is "Sustaining the Environment for a Secure Future." Events vary from Earth Day fairs with educational exhibits, to tree plantings, to other initiatives that actually sustain installation operations. These efforts help foster increased awareness of environmental progress among Soldiers, Families, installation staff and community neighbors.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Army's Strategy for the Environment emphasizes the interdependence among the requirements of our military mission, our natural environment and community well-being. From this strategy, environmental stewardship becomes a mission enhancer rather than a mission detractor. It leads to better training lands, improved recreational opportunities, healthier communities and new partnerships. Environmental sustainability is now part of every installation's and unit's operations, from munitions production to live-fire training, from our housing areas to our forward operating bases.

What's planned for the future?

As we observe Earth Day, we must remind ourselves that environmental sustainability is everyone's responsibility. Consider the "boot print" you make, the impact you make on our resources, whether you are on an installation, deployed or in your home. We must conserve and preserve while we serve. By making sustaining the environment together we can assure our strength and a great quality of life for our families will last for generations to come.

Visit Army Earth Day Web page for Earth Day materials or event ideas.

Army Earth Day 2008 Promo


- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor


  • Fort Hood a LEEDer in environmental stewardship (ARNews)
  • General: Army needs 'stop-loss' until late 2009 (Kansas)
  • Colt's grip on Army rifle under fire (MT)
  • 12-month deployments to reduce stress, build depth (ARNews)
  • Fort Knox taking armor training on road (AT)
  • Army Reserve to mark century of service to nation (AFIS)
  • ASC commanding general honors TACOM LCMC civilian volunteer (ARNews)


  • Iraq wants U.S. to compromise more on security deals (WP)
  • Pakistan tests nuclear-capable missile (DT)
  • U.S., Iraqi forces winning in western Anbar Province, colonel says (OIF)
  • Iraqi troops: Asleep on the job? (Time)
  • In Baghdad, struggle ties security to basic services (NYT)


  • Army and Marine Corps grant more felony waivers (NYT)
  • Deal or new deal? (NYP)
  • Soldiers can earn master's degree in social work (ARNews)
  • Man gets 10 years in China spy case (LAT)


  • U.S. Army increases use of moral waivers to meet demand for troops (Guard | Story)
  • Torture victim's records lost at Guantanamo, admits camp general (Guard | Story)
  • Sadr City's daily gun battles rage on, and civilians suffer (IHT | Story)
  • U.S. and Iran find common ground in Iraq's Shiite conflict (IHT | Story)
  • U.S. urges Arab support for Iraq (AJ | Story)


  • Campaign stars for Afghanistan and Iraq campaign medals (SP)
  • Verbosity, violence and chaos (GC)
  • (Related to 3rd article in ARMY) Colt might lose rifle monopoly (DT)
  • Sadr threatens new uprising; Iraqi and U.S. forces press attack (LWJ)
  • Another person deserving a pat on the back (BF)
  • NY Times: U.S. military grooms analysts. So what? (BW)

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008: ARMY EARTH DAY
Army Earth Day Web page

Earth Day festivities at various installations:

Fort Drum:
Drum offers eco-friendly events for Earth Day
Festival to honor Army Earth Day April 18

The United States Army Corps of Engineers:
Corps employees show that Earth Day is much more than just one day

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