Earth Day - 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

What is it?

Each year, the United States Army joins the nation on April 22 to commemorate Earth Day. On this day the Army renews its commitment to protecting the environment and preserving the lands entrusted to the Army, lands that enable the combat readiness and the ability to defend this great nation.

What has the Army done?

This year, the Army is pledging to focus on inspiring even greater awareness and appreciation of the surroundings and conditions in which the Army lives and operates, and the role the land play in ensuring the Army remains ready and resilient.

The Army is also reasserting its pledge to address the implications of climate change and assess the associated risks to national security.

The Army takes tremendous pride in its sound environmental stewardship. The Army continues to lead the Federal Government in initiatives that sustain habitats and territories.

The senior leaders of the Army encourage Soldiers, civilians, and Families to join efforts by learning more about the Army’s environmental initiatives and make a difference.

What continued efforts have been planned for the future?

The Army will “Acknowledge the Past” by restoring Army lands and preserving cultural and historical resources. The Army will “Engage the Present” by meeting environmental standards while also enabling Army operations as well as protecting Soldiers, Families and civilians. The Army will “Chart the Future” by bringing the best practices and technologies to bear.

The Army continues to seek and employ technological innovations and energy solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change. The Army is committed to leading the way in reducing energy consumption, repurposing and recycling, and enhancing the resiliency of the installations through energy efficiency and renewable energy use.

Why is this important to the Army?

By “Acknowledging the Past, Engaging the Present, Charting the Future,” and leading the way, the Army will safeguard the vitality of the lands and protect the communities where the Soldiers, Families, and civilians live, work, and play. The Army will ensure future environmental resiliency.

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