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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

EPA to Help Army Reach ‘Net Zero’ Goals

  • November 30, 2011
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Army installations soon will have access to the results of leading-edge research conducted at the Environmental Protection Agency after the two agencies signed a memorandum of understanding this week intended to enhance the Army’s Net Zero and sustainability goals, the Army reported.

Under the agreement signed by Paul Anastas, assistant administrator for the office of research and development and science advisor to EPA, and Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, the two will work jointly to advance the development and demonstration of new applications and technologies that can be used on installations striving toward Net Zero water, waste, and energy goals.

The Army plans to explore technologies and approaches that:

  • increase efficiency and recovery of energy, water, and materials;
  • incorporate design and use of green infrastructure;
  • address social/behavioral components of culture;
  • aid in the understanding of water, energy, and material flows and interactions;
  • incorporate water and energy security, and climate-ready solutions; and
  • include the communities as partners in efforts to change the way the Army has traditionally managed these critical resources so that they are part of the process and can take ownership of solutions.

The Army’s Net Zero Installation program is an initiative to bring the overall consumption of resources on installations down to an effective rate of zero.

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