Mr. Geoffery Prosch, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installation and Environment, will visit Fort Lewis, Friday, July 27 and present the Army’s Environmental Award for Pollution Prevention to members of the post’s environmental team, at 1:45 p.m. at the Sequalitchew Training Area, Center for
Environmental Education and Earthworks.
Fort Lewis won the 2006 award in the Pollution Prevention, Non-industrial Installation category for reusing lumber and other resources from World War II era building deconstruction to make improvements to training facilities and to accommodate installation growth.
The majority of reusable lumber, plywood, flooring materials, electrical power boxes and other materials from the 60-year-old buildings were sold to the local reuse and recycling market, and a portion of the materials were donated to several repair and upgrade projects on Fort Lewis. A 100 percent diversion rate of all non-hazardous solid waste was achieved.
The Fort Lewis comprehensive deconstruction program was cited as a pioneering, money-saving idea that is transferable across both the private and public sectors. Other programs contributing to the installation’s overall waste diversion include organics composting and recycling and the Sustainable Interiors Showroom (SIS).
As the Army’s first working model of sustainable office furniture and flooring, the SIS provides a one-stop location for selecting eco-friendly and recyclable products to furnish administrative areas on post.