Eight winners of the Secretary of Defense Environmental Security Award were congratulated today by David R. Oliver, acting under secretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, for their outstanding achievements in natural resources conservation, cultural resources management, environmental quality, pollution prevention, and environmental restoration. Award recipients include:
Department of the Army
Recognized for the cost-effective resource preservation and maintenance of its prehistoric and historic archaeological sites.
Recognized for its proactive government-to-government relationship with the Ho-Chunk Nation that enables the installation commander to consult directly with Tribal leaders, and the affective use of new technologies in their archaeological site predictive model.
Streamlined hazardous material procurement procedures; developed an environmental awareness Web site; completed a new recycling center and planned a new paint facility which will eliminate approximately 233 gallons of paint and paint-related materials, 955 pounds of volatile organic compounds and 1,195 pounds of particulate emissions annually from tactical vehicle painting.
Department of the Navy
Used a variety of innovative and cost saving methods toward resource management and protection, environmental education and outdoor recreation.
By integrating environmental controls into current work practices without adversely impacting cost and productivity, the team saved more than $4 million in fiscal 1999 and 2000 by reducing waste generation by 28 million pounds and air emissions by more than 40,000 pounds.
For work with environmental offices both within and outside of DoD, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Forest Service and EPA Region IX. Camp Butler completed and implemented an integrated natural resources management plan, an integrated cultural resources management plan and introduced its centralized hazardous waste management program. Also completed was a natural resource inventory of nearly 3,000 species, of which approximately 260 are rare, threatened, or endangered.
This joint-Service team identified more than $58 million in potential cost avoidance at DoD facilities. By combining the disciplines of environmental protection with maintenance and repair, the FASTT team reduced the cost of environmental compliance while reducing Service personnel workloads. FASTT conserved scarce resources and identified annual reductions of over two million pounds of air and water pollution, and 657,000 pounds of hazardous waste.
Department of the Air Force
Saved more than $2.1 million through new technology demonstrations and proactive management of their restoration program. Included was implementation of a "bio-wall" system that successfully prevented chlorinated solvents from migrating into the groundwater, abandonment of 51 groundwater monitoring wells saving $600,000 per year and eliminating the need for a $500,000 subsurface investigation through a no-cost demonstration project using laser induced fluorescence chemical sensor technology.
More information on the Defense Environmental Security Award recipients is available on the Web at https://www.denix.osd.mil/denix/Public/News/OSD/SecDef00/secdef00.html.