ustainability and the U.S. Army presents a profile of the U.S. Army as an organization striving for sustainability. The Army’s sustainability efforts present an excellent case of a stakeholder-driven and systems-level approach. Due to the size and scale of Army installations in the U.S., they have a profound impact on economies, communities, and the environment throughout the nation. In this eBook, we look at how sustainability concepts are being adopted by the U.S. Army. In the case studies, we look at two of the largest U.S. Army bases – Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri – to illustrate the challenges faced and the Army’s approaches to address those challenges. This publication is intended to contribute to learning outcomes focused on the interrelated impacts of natural systems, communities, and economies, and to illustrate a large-scale sustainability program in action.
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Kevin Palmer has been working with the Army, Air Force, Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, and NASA as a scientist and consultant for over twenty-five years. He has supported 36 Army installations, two State National Guards, and three military communities in developing strategic plans with a sustainability focus. (Note: Kevin Palmer is a consultant to the U.S. Army. The views expressed by Mr. Palmer are his own and do not represent U.S. Army views or policy.)
U.S. Army thinking on sustainability has evolved based on the realization that a system-level approach is needed to successfully address social and environmental issues within the Army’s operations. Army leadership has adopted a set of operating principles for integrating sustainability, including: pollution prevention is superior to pollution clean up; avoided energy use means less cost expended on energy; and community involvement in sustainability planning equals more understanding and support of initiatives.
Caring for wounded warriors is a crucially important aspect of the U.S. Army’s mission. At Fort Bragg in North Carolina, U.S. Army sustainability programs are working with transportation and medical authorities to achieve triple bottom line-based solutions with a particular focus on serving wounded veterans.
U.S. Army bases, or installations, are like cities. Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri has a daytime population of about 34,000. The nature of Fort Leonard Wood’s mission makes soldiers and their families highly dependent on the necessities the base provides – like housing, medical care, and dining.