Sustainability

Summary: Sustainability is a critical enabler in the performance of the Army’s mission, as its importance and benefits cut across the entire Army enterprise. As a foundation, the Army is integrating sustainability into its four lines of operation — materiel, military training, personnel, and services and infrastructure. By implementing sustainability principles and practices, the Army is decreasing future mission constraints, increasing operational flexibility and resilience, safeguarding human health and the environment, and improving quality of life for Soldiers and local communities.

Senior Leaders of today’s Army are making a directed effort to embed sustainability into Army culture, from both the top-down and the bottom-up. Launching the Army Net Zero Initiative, as well as establishing the Senior Energy and Sustainability Council (SESC), both in 2011, are two examples of key sustainability efforts stemming from the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability (ODASA(E&S)). Net Zero applies the principles of integrated design to ensure the Army appropriately manages its energy, water and waste resources. The Net Zero Pilot Installations, which were self-nominated, are serving as test beds to identify lessons learned and best practices to be institutionalized across the Army enterprise. The SESC, to which the DASA(E&S) serves as Executive Secretary, provides strategic direction to integrate energy and sustainability into Army policies, plans and programs. Sustainability initiatives such as these preserve choice for the Army of tomorrow, at a cost it can afford, now and in the future. The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment released the Army Sustainability Report 2016, highlighting the Army's progress in Fiscal Years 2014-2015  in land management, operational energy, community partnerships, and programs that support the holistic health and well-being of our people.

Army Sustainability Report 2007
Army Sustainability Report 2008
Army Sustainability Report 2010
Army Sustainability Report 2012
Army Sustainability Report Annex 2014
Army Sustainability Report 2014
Army Sustainability Report 2016
Army Sustainability Report Annex 2016
Army Sustainability Report Trifold 2016

Net Zero Initiative

Net ZeroThe Army’s Net Zero (NZ) Initiative is built upon the Army’s long-standing energy efficiency and sustainability practices. It is a strategy for managing existing energy, water, and solid waste programs with the goal of exceeding minimum targets, where fiscally responsible, to provide greater energy and water security and increase operating flexibility. The intent of the NZ Pilot Installation Initiative originated from energy-related federal mandates, including Executive Order (EO) 13514 Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct05) and the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. In response to EO 13514, the Department of Defense (DoD) initiated a collaborative effort with the Department of Energy (DOE) to study Net Zero Energy Installation (NZEI) pilot sites for each service. The Army took a broader approach, expanding beyond energy to incorporate water use and solid waste generation, and by February 2011, multiple interested installations had nominated themselves to take part in the Army’s NZ Pilot Installation Initiative. On 19 April 2011, the Army identified 17 pilot installations striving to bring the overall consumption of resources within their respective assigned category down to an effective rate of zero by 2020.

The pilot installations have and will continue to serve as model communities for sustainability and quality of life while the Army takes an even broader approach by decentralizing NZ and applying the NZ concept to all Army Installations.

The Army will transition NZ concepts, responsibility, methods, and implementation activities currently directed by the Army Secretariat Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment (OASA[IE&E]) to the appropriate Army Commands (ACOMs)/Direct Reporting Units (DRUs) and installations. Fostering an ethic that goes beyond NZ compliance requires creating a culture in which sustainability is embraced, while balancing the reality that the Army’s resources, while essential to military operations, are not inexhaustible. The Army, through the NDCEE will leverage lessons learned from these test beds to transition the NZ concept beyond the initial set of pilot installations through established Army channels to successfully embed an integrated approach of sustainability and resource security at all installation design, planning, service, and investment decisions.


Army Directive 2014-02 (NZ Policy)(28 Jan 2014)

Water

World Water Day 2017

Dual Signed World Water Day 2017 Announcement

World Water Day 2017 poster "11X17"

Water rights, water security and the value of water are all topics being addressed through DASA E&S. Water is a critical resource that will continue to be stressed as population grows and climate change alters the distribution and availability of water supplies. In order to protect the water sources essential to its installations, DASA E&S is supporting multiple efforts to ensure the sustainable use of water. This includes studies on water markets and various methods for quantifying the value of water. DASA E&S has successfully incorporated water concerns into the Army Campaign Plan. Recent assessments examined the role of water in the supply chain, raising awareness that water sustainability reaches far beyond the borders of installations. DASA E&S has also developed and updated policy on water rights at installations. This policy seeks to ensure water rights are investigated and any risks to these rights addressed in a proactive fashion.

SA Signed Army Water Rights Directive 12 May 2014

Multiple non-market tools (NMV) were assessed in order to develop and demonstrate a framework that incorporates NMV principles into the Army's investment process. A pilot science and technology project at Fort Riley, Kansas, was used to test the most relevant NMV methods to the Army. These methods have the potential to add significant internal (Army) and external (non-Army) information related to uncovering economic values for proposed infrastructure projects.

NMV FINAL REPORT Sept 2014

Climate Change

Federal agencies are required to assess and plan for the impacts of climate change on their facilities. DASA E&S is supporting the Army in meeting this requirement through the completion of a high-level climate change vulnerability assessment. DASA E&S is also leading the development of an Army framework to integrate climate change considerations into existing installation-level plans and planning processes, such as Installation Strategic Plans, Range Complex Master Plans, Real Property Master Plans, and Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans. Once the planning framework is complete, DASA E&S will develop and issue Army policy and implementing guidance.

High-Level Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment