• European Militaries Look to Increase Reliance on Renewables0

    The push to limit the use of fossil fuels is expected to force European militaries to increasingly rely on renewable energy sources to power their installations. It is “hard to overlook” that energy and environmental factors are becoming increasingly important as Europe undergoes a “fundamental” transition toward a low carbon economy, said Tom Bennington, the European Defense Agency’s program manager for energy and the environment. One way the continent’s armed forces can slash their carbon emissions is to develop sustainable bases, including permanent installations and forward-deployed camps …

  • DOD Issues New Guidelines to Reduce Sprawl at Installations0

    New DOD guidelines for installation master planning emphasize walkable communities that incorporate public transit and a mix of land uses intended to reduce reliance on automobiles. “We have not had a good master planning process,” Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of Defense for installations and environment, said last week at a forum sponsored by the National Capital Planning Commission. Many bases are “very sprawling, very auto-centric,” she said, reported Federal Times. “You have to have to have a car to get around.” The new planning guidelines took 18 months to develop and represent the department’s first attempt to update them in 25 years. Federal agencies previously have been directed by the White House to slash energy use and improve the sustainability of new development.