• Army Corps to Develop Better Tool to Trim Facilities’ Energy Use0

    The Army Corps of Engineers is working on a new analytic tool to help installations reduce energy usage, courtesy of a $1.2 million grant from DOD’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program. The Corps’ team will integrate the capabilities of two existing tools to more effectively evaluate ways to cut the energy bill at installations worldwide. One tool is the Comprehensive Army Master Planning Solution Dashboard, which includes facility inventory and meter data; the other is the Net Zero Planner, which provides energy use life-cycle analysis and forecasting …

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  • Army Installations Honored for Sustainability Efforts0

    Seven installations earned fiscal 2013 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards for outstanding environmental and sustainability programs that often demonstrated cost savings. Fort Riley, Kan., won the team award for its natural resource conservation efforts, reported the Army. The post collaborated with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on three private lands partnership agreements and the installation of an agricultural waste diversion structure used to protect endangered Topeka shiners …

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  • Pittard Leads the Way to a More Sustainable Ft. Bliss0

    Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, commander of Fort Bliss and its 1st Armored Division, has spearheaded an array of initiatives to increase the post’s sustainability, helping it to conserve energy and water, increase recycling and shift to renewable power sources. Pittard’s efforts have helped the installation trim the energy consumed by its buildings by 27 percent from two years ago, reported the Tribune. Only 1 percent of its power comes from renewable energy sources, but that figure is expected to rise dramatically in the coming years as new solar projects come online …

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  • Army to Expand Net Zero Initiative across All Installations0

    Officials are planning to extend the Net Zero Initiative — a pilot effort to reduce the net consumption of energy and water, and the generation of waste to an effective rate of zero — to all permanent Army posts. A new policy will be issued by Sept. 30. The announcement came last week as the Army released its 2012 progress report for the initiative, a summary of achievements to date, best practices at the 18 pilot installations and the service’s plans for rolling out the initiative Army-wide …

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  • New Air Force Plan Calls for Greater Integration of Energy into Installation Management0

    The Air Force’s new energy plan calls for the service to adopt a more integrated approach to energy management, one that will emphasize conserving energy and achieving energy security at its installations. Two initiatives the Air Force is pursuing will help support its new strategic plan — the net zero initiative and the air base of the future …

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  • Air Force Highlights Installation Energy Milestones of 20120

    The Air Force recorded numerous milestones last year on the way to reaching its goals for conserving energy, increasing its reliance on renewable sources and building sustainable facilities, according to highlights of DOD’s 2012 Annual Energy Management Report. One of the Air Force’s major accomplishments last year was developing a new acquisition process for renewable energy after it formed the Air Force Civil Engineer Center by merging the Air Force Real Property Agency, the Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency and the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment …

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