Thursday, the U. S. Army joined the nation in celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Earth Day provides the Army the opportunity to reassert our commitment to environmental sustainability and energy security critical to protecting the earth, protecting lives and supporting our mission requirements. We continue to improve upon challenges, such as climate change and increasing stresses on the world’s interconnected human, economic and natural systems. The Army will continue to lead by example in building a healthy environment, prosperous economy and quality communities now and well into the future.
“Transforming the Army...Sustaining the Environment,” the Army’s Earth Day theme for 2010, highlights our readiness goals, environmental successes and our dedication to conducting forward-looking stewardship programs.
Each member of the Army community — Soldiers, family members, civilians and contractors — must actively promote innovative thinking and action to take care of our planet. Army leaders at all levels actively support Earth Day and commend the contributions by so many in our Army community to enhance the mission, preserve the environment and protect our way of life.
Twenty-eight major Army installations have long-term sustainability plans and goals to meet future mission and community needs. The Army is actively supporting renewable and alternative energy initiatives, energy conservation and advanced power and energy storage technologies at installations, in our weapons systems and in operations. Further, efforts are underway to ensure that all new Army acquisition programs include the fully burdened cost of energy in the selection process to maximize the productivity of energy needed to meet our operational capabilities.
As we celebrate Earth Day 2010, we encourage you to participate and promote activities at your installation and in your community. Communicate the Army’s achievements and commitment to environmental sustainability and energy security on Earth Day and as a matter of routine.
Army Green is Army Strong!