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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Army Reserve’s Sustainability Efforts Help Sustain Close Community Ties

  • April 14, 2011
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For members of the Army Reserve, improving the sustainability of their installations results in a variety of favorable outcomes — saving money, conserving energy and being a good steward of the environment — but it also helps bring them closer to their host communities.

“We in the Army Reserve are inextricably linked to the communities, because our reserve centers are there in the communities,” Addison “Tad” Davis IV, command executive officer for U.S. Army Reserve Command, told American Forces Press Service.

“So the thought is, if we can get this [sustainability effort] distributed to as many of our facilities as possible, it will help us economically, it will help us to be good stewards of the taxpayer dollar, but it will also connect us to the communities — many of which are trying to do much of the same thing we are doing,” he said.

Davis gained first-hand experience partnering with communities to achieve environmental goals as Fort Bragg’s garrison commander. The Sustainable Sandhills Initiative, created in 2003, brought together the Army, Pope Air Force Base and eight surrounding counties to support conservation programs.

Sustainability efforts are popping up across the Reserve’s 1,200 worldwide facilities. Last week, officials held a groundbreaking for a 1-megawatt solar array at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., which is expected to provide one-third of the installation’s power and save $1 million annually.

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