Army Sustainability Report Details Progress in Energy, Quality-of-Life Initiatives
The Army’s latest Sustainability Report, released last week, describes the service’s efforts to provide a reliable supply of energy, water and other natural resources; preserve the mission readiness of installations; and ensure the well-being of its personnel and family members.
The 80-page report includes quantitative and qualitative assessments of Army sustainability programs. In fiscal 2009, the Army acquired 2.1 percent of its electricity use from renewable sources. The service had 67 operating renewable energy projects and implemented 12 new ones that year; in addition, three sites purchased renewable energy certificates.
One of the Army’s primary programs for protecting its installations and ranges from encroachment is the Army Compatible Use Buffer program. The program allows officials to partner with conservation organizations, state and local governments, and landowners to limit incompatible land use around training sites. In fiscal 2009, the Army preserved 35,463 acres, bringing the total to 120,607 acres protected under the program.
The Army has a variety of initiatives under way to improve the quality-of-life of its soldiers, civilians and their families. In FY 2009, the Army signed 93 new Army Community Covenants, bringing the total to 338 such covenants. The Army Community Covenant is a formal commitment of support to an installation, its personnel and family members from a defense community or state host. The program started in 2008.