U.S. Army, E.P.A. Collaborate on “Net Zero” Effort

The U. S. Army is working to conserve energy and water while recycling more solid waste at its installations.  Recently, it signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on these efforts with the Environmental Protection Agency.

The memorandum of understanding will allow the Army to leverage the Office of Research and Development’s leading-edge research to evaluate cutting-edge technology to enhance the Army’s Net Zero and sustainability goals at Army installations.

Under the agreement, the EPA and Army will work jointly to advance the development and demonstration of new applications and technologies that can be used on installations striving toward Net Zero water, waste, and energy goals.

The Army plans to explore technologies and approaches that:

• Increase efficiency and recovery of energy, water, and materials

• Incorporate design and use of green infrastructure

• Addresses social/behavioral components of culture

• Aid in our understanding of water, energy, and material flows and interactions

• Incorporate water and energy security, and climate-ready solutions

• Include the communities as partners in efforts to change the way the Army has traditionally managed these critical resources so that they are part of the process and can take ownership of solutions

The Army’s Net Zero Installation Program is a strategy that strives to bring the overall consumption of resources on installations down to an effective rate of zero.

A Net Zero Energy Installation produces as much energy on site as it uses, over the course of a year.

A Net Zero Water Installation limits the consumption of freshwater resources and returns water back to the same watershed so not to deplete the groundwater and surface water resources of that region in quantity and quality over the course of a year.

A Net Zero Waste Installation reduces, reuses, and recovers waste streams, converting them to resource values with zero landfill over the course of a year.

A Net Zero Installation applies an integrated approach to management of energy, water, and waste to capture and commercialize the resource value and/or enhance the ecological productivity of land, water, and air.

This effort relates to several Roosevelt seminars including SUST 220 Water, SUST 240 Waste, and SUST 310 Energy and Climate Change. For more information on these or any other of our courses, please visit our Sustainability Studies website, call 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or email applyRU@roosevelt.edu.

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