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Van pooling benefits installations, environment

Van pooling benefits installations, environment

| October 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Mass Transportation Benefit Program provides reimbursement for mass transit commuting costs to reduce federal employees’ contributions to traffic congestion and air pollution, and to expand their commuting alternatives.

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Energy conservation helps everyone save

Energy conservation helps everyone save

| October 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — “I don’t have any control over energy savings; that’s the Army’s business, not mine.” 

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Sustainability is systemic goal for Hawaii, Army

Sustainability is systemic goal for Hawaii, Army

| October 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

TerryWe often use the word “finite” to describe limited resources, but living on an island really brings the word into focus. 

Here on Oahu, unlike on a large continent, we can actually see our limited amounts of land, forests and vital infrastructure. That perspective brings home our responsibilities to care and protect this beautiful paradise – now and for future generations.  

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Schofield achieves Tree City USA status

Schofield achieves Tree City USA status

| October 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

The Ramirez and Simmons families help plant a kukui tree in their neighborhood, during Island Palm Communities’ second annual Arbor Day celebration, Nov. 6, 2009, at Kaena Community, Schofield Barracks. (Mark Brown | Island Palm Communities)SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — It’s official! Schofield Barracks has achieved prestigious Tree City USA status, following a two-year collaborative effort between U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Directorate of Public Works, Island Palm Communities, and Actus Lend Lease. 

“Attaining Tree City USA (status) was not a simple task,” said Claire Ridding-Johnston, project director of Island Palm Communities. “It required a commitment by local garrison and Island Palm Communities’ leadership, as well as several staff and vendors who volunteered their time to see the project through. It’s also a long-term commitment by everyone involved to follow program standards, which are required in order to maintain Tree City USA designation every year.” 

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MG Terry dedicates energy-efficient KMC building

MG Terry dedicates energy-efficient KMC building

| October 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

Workers install the new roof at Kilauea Military Camp’s Building 84. Made of corrosion-resistant material integrated with thin film photovoltaic cell power generation, the high-tech roof is part of a rainwater-catchment system at KMC. (Courtesy of Kilauea Military Camp)KILAUEA MILITARY CAMP, Hawaii — Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commanding general, U.S. Army-Hawaii, officially dedicated Kilauea Military Camp’s Building 84 Photovoltaic Roofing Project, in a ceremony, here, Thursday.

The project will soon be interconnected with Hawaiian Electric’s grid to supply power to KMC, a joint-services resort located on the Big Island’s Volcanoes National Park.

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Schofield’s rainwater harvesting project yields water, energy savings

Schofield’s rainwater harvesting project yields water, energy savings

| October 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

Diagram shows Oahu Army Natural Resources Program’s facility located in Range X, Schofield Barracks, in Phase II of the rain harvesting project.SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — In an effort to demonstrate sustainable water management practices, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Directorate of Public Works’ Environmental Division has developed a rainwater-harvesting project with the Oahu Army Natural Resources Program facility, located in Area X, here. 

The project celebrates rainwater as a resource by collecting, storing and using it to irrigate the lawn bordering OARNP’s interpretative garden. In the true “green” spirit of the project, OARNP staff located an abandoned underground sediment tank adjacent to their office building, and “repurposed” it as a storage vessel for rainwater from the building’s roof. 

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Garrison’s recycling program expands services, reaps rewards

Garrison’s recycling program expands services, reaps rewards

| October 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii generates approximately 9,000 tons of solid waste every year. Of that, less than 30 percent is recycled annually. Under Executive Order 13514, federal agencies must divert 50 percent of their total solid waste from landfills, via reuse or recycling, by the end of fiscal year 2015. 

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Being sustainable now preserves resources for tomorrow

Being sustainable now preserves resources for tomorrow

| October 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Sustainability is way more than just turning off the lights or fixing a leaky faucet. The overarching term includes an imperative for protecting the environment now so that future generations don’t have to foot the bill later.

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DoD needs a sustainable environment to support future operations

DoD needs a sustainable environment to support future operations

| October 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

FORT SHAFTER — Sustainability. What does it mean?

A sustainable development is one in which which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony — conditions that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations of Americans, according to Executive Orders 13423 and 13514.

The Department of Defense’s vision of sustainability is to maintain the ability to operate into the future without decline — either on the mission field, or in natural and manufactured systems that support it. 

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Synergistic

Synergistic

| October 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Representatives from Island Palm Communities and U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii speak to students at Hale Kula Elementary School, here, as part of the SYNERGY (Saving Your Nation’s Energy) program. Working with garrison and local offices, Island Palm Communities sponsors events and programs, like SYNERGY, to create awareness about sustainable practices and teach residents how […]

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