The Army has picked a mix of active and reserve installations to participate in its pilot Net Zero Installation initiative, a program intended to highlight best management practices and demonstrate effective resource management in conserving energy, water and waste streams.
Six installations were chosen for each of three categories — energy, water and waste — with two identified as integrated sites that would try to reach net zero consumption in all three categories. Officials now will begin the programmatic environmental planning process for the initiative.
“Striving for net zero is operationally necessary, financially prudent and critical to our mission,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, said Tuesday during the Association of the U.S. Army Installation Command Symposium.
A net zero installation is one that produces as much as it uses for a particular resource, such as energy, over the course of a year. The pilot net zero energy installations are: Fort Detrick, Md.; Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif.; Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands; Parks Reserve Forces Training Area, Calif.; Sierra Army Depot, Calif.; and West Point, N.Y.
A net zero water installation limits the use of fresh water and returns water back to the watershed so as not to deplete the groundwater and surface water. The pilot net zero water installations are: Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; Camp Rilea, Ore.; Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; Fort Riley, Kan.; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash; and Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pa.
A net zero waste installation reduces, reuses and recovers waste streams, converting them to usable resources and eliminating the need for landfills. The pilot net zero waste installations are: Fort Detrick, Md.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif.; Fort Polk, La.; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; and U.S. Army Garrison, Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Fort Bliss, Texas, and Fort Carson, Colo., volunteered to be integrated net zero installations across all three resource categories.
Three panels made the pilot installation recommendations from the 60 installations that applied in one or more categories. In fiscal 2014, an additional 25 installations in each category will be asked to apply to participate in the net zero initiative.
Visit the Army’s energy program page for more on the service’s Net Zero initiative.