JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Department of Defense announced yesterday the results of the annual Secretary of the Defense Environmental Awards. Joint Base Lewis-McChord was selected as the winner in the Sustainability, Non-industrial Installation category.
A total of six installations, one program, and two teams will receive DoD awards for their environmental and sustainability program achievements during fiscal year 2010. The Secretary of the Defense Environmental Awards represent the highest honor in the field of environmental science and sustainability conferred by the Department of Defense.
A full list of this year’s winners is available at www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=14416
“Sustainability isn’t just an extra responsibility at JBLM,” said Colonel Thomas Brittain, Joint Base garrison commander. “The preservation of resources, the protection of our environment, and the creation of a world-class quality of life for our community are all part of the core mission of a garrison. We take sustainability seriously because we care about our environment and our community, but more importantly, because it’s our job. I’m proud of the way our garrison has embraced that concept here.”
Six sustainability teams are responsible for the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Installation Sustainability Program (ISP) goals in these focused areas: Air Quality, Water Resources, Energy, Products & Materials Management, Sustainable Community, and Sustainable Training Lands. These teams facilitate and implement projects and initiatives that move JBLM toward its installation sustainability goals.
Recent JBLM accomplishments illustrate the depth and breadth of how sustainability touches the lives of JBLM personnel and supports the military training mission:
• Green Procurement and Green Procurement Team
• Environmental Management System and Environmental Operating Permits
• Waste Diversion, Recycling, Composting, Concrete/Asphalt crushing and Reuse
• Sustainable Master Plan’s holistic design approach and Town Center project
• Sustainability Outreach and Partnerships
• Alternate Fuels and Transportation, and Commute Trip Reduction
• Energy Conservation via $14M energy efficiency projects
• Habitat Restoration (forests and native prairies)
• Stormwater Filtration System facility including a wetlands education center, increased habitat for wildlife species, and a training area for Soldiers
“We have a great team and great partners”, said Paul Steucke, Chief, Environmental Division at JBLM. “Sustainability seems to resonate with so many different people — it’s through their hard work and dedication that these sustainability successes have been possible.”