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DoD Winners of 2016 SECDEF Awards
Environmental Quality, Non-Industrial Installation: Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California - implemented a collaborative and innovative environmental management program to reduce water usage, minimize waste, and positively impact the community.
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America Recycles Day November 15th
Please do your part and support America Recycles Day on November 15th by placing the below items into your designated recycling bin or recycling dumpster for pickup
For more information contact Base Recycling at 760.830.5666
Hazardous Material Reutilization/Free Issue
New, and unused hazardous material is available at the Hazardous Waste Facility for issue to tenant commands and visiting units. The location is Bldg. 2095 on Rifle Range Road. For a listing of what's currently in stock please visit the following links or call 760-830-7244.
NREA Hosts Sustainability Expo
In support of the Department of Defense's Sustainable Procurement Program, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs hosted the Combat Center's first Sustainability Expo at the Frontline Restaurant April 26, 2016. (http://www.29palms.marines.mil/News/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/3005/Article/751853/nrea-hosts-sustainability-expo.aspx)
DoD Announces Winners of the 2015 Environmental Awards
The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced the winners of the 2015 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards. Sustainability, Non-Industrial Installation: Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, exceeded DoD goals in energy reduction and water conservation and aggressively applied renewable energy solutions with an innovative and collaborative sustainability program. (http://www.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/Article/605471)
Executive Order (EO) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, was signed by President Obama on 19 March 2015
Executive Order (EO) 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, was signed by President Obama on 19 March 2015. Section 16 of this EO revokes the following:
The overarching goal of EO 13693 is to maintain Federal leadership in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions.
The following additional definitions from EO 13693 are applicable to this Program Area:
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and procurement, please see the Acquisition Program Area.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently launched the 2015 Energy Star Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge. Nationwide, more than 6,500 buildings and 125 teams are competing to reduce their energy and water use.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently launched the 2015 Energy Star Battle of the Buildings: Team Challenge. Nationwide, more than 6,500 buildings and 125 teams are competing to reduce their energy and water use. In support of President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which calls for businesses to cut waste and become 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020, the competition targets wasted energy in commercial buildings and motivates organizations to improve energy efficiency, reduce harmful carbon pollution and save money. This year's teams hail from supermarket, retail, government, school, banking and many other types of organizations. Read more...
Earth Day 2015
The Combat Center theme for Earth Day 2015 is “Think Green, Save Blue.” All units and directorates at the Combat Center are encouraged to actively participate in the clean-up and water conservation awareness activities on board the base. For more information on the history of the Earth Day, you can read this article "EPA History: Earth Day" at http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-history-earth-day.
Earth Day 2014
The Marine Corps theme for Earth Day 2014 is “Global Reach - Local Action.” This message is meant to succinctly characterize our world-wide expeditionary focus, while simultaneously protecting the environmental quality of our home bases and stations and the health and welfare of our Marines, families, and civilians. Installations are encouraged to focus Earth Day efforts on local activities, both on base and in surrounding communities.
Earth Day is officially celebrated worldwide on 22 April 2014. Installations are encouraged to focus their Earth Day efforts the week of 21-25 April. (http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/162143/earth-day-message-2014.aspx)
EPA’s Green Power Partnership Top 10 Federal Government Green Power Users
EPA’s Green Power Partnership announced the Top 10 Federal Government Partner List representing the largest green power users within the Partnership. They also released the National Top 100 list. (http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/top10federal.htm) (http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/toplists/top100.htm)
DOD Announces Winners of the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards
The Defense Department has announced the winners of the annual 2013 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards, which honor individuals, teams, and installations for outstanding achievements and innovative environmental practices and partnerships promoting quality of life and increasing efficiencies (http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=15943)
Department of Defense Releases Roadmap to Transform Energy Use in Military Operations
The Department of Defense released today the Operational Energy Strategy Implementation Plan. The plan establishes seven specific targets and associated near-term activities keyed to the goals of the Operational Energy Strategy, which was released in June 2011. Together, the Strategy and Implementation Plan found at http://energy.defense.gov will serve as a roadmap to transform the way the Department of Defense uses energy in military operations.
Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta said, "Smart use of energy can be a strategic advantage for the U.S. military against our adversaries. As we continue to invest in the best military force to defend America today and tomorrow, I want the department to harness the best energy innovations at all levels, from the individual warfighter to the largest installation, to enhance our operational effectiveness and deliver more bang for the buck."
To oversee the execution of these efforts, Panetta has directed the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs Sharon E. Burke to co-lead a Defense Operational Energy Board with a designee of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The chairman has designated the Director for Logistics, Lt. Gen. Brooks Bash.
"By building energy considerations into the department's processes, including the way we buy equipment and value energy when employing the force, we can improve our warfighting ability while lowering risks and costs for military missions," said Burke.
The department has already made significant combat energy improvements. In Afghanistan, U.S. forces have fielded improved generators, microgrids, energy-efficient shelters, air conditioners, and tactical solar to reduce fuel use on the battlefield and cut the number of fuel convoys vulnerable to attack. At sea, the Navy has deployed shipboard hybrid-electric drives, stern flaps and hull and propeller coatings to improve efficiency. By optimizing flight patterns, routing, and cargo loading, the Air Force will avoid $500 million in fuel costs in the next five years.
MCAGCC SERVMART 2nd ANNUAL CUSTOMER OUTREACH DAY - MARCH 21
The 2nd annual USMC ServMart Customer Outreach Day will be from 10:00am until 2:00pm on Wednesday, March 21st. Refreshments will be served. Meet NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. See three NASCARS on display, the Office Depot car, the Stanley/Proto Tools car, and the DeWalt Tools car. Drive the Office Depot NASCAR simulator. We will have over forty vendors displaying their products and listening to your concerns. Their emphasis will be on Green Procurement and Sustainable Practices. Combat Center service organizations are invited to participate (contact Ms. Sai Sturms 830.1931 to reserve a table). This event is for all active duty, federal employees, and eligible contractors.
The USMC ServMart is a world class issue point offering over 400,000 office products, cleaning supplies, tools, hardware industrial products and equipment solutions to keep federal customers supplied with what they need to accomplish their mission. The USMC ServMart Enterprise is part of the USMC Logistics Modernization Program. The USMC ServMart is a Continuous Process Improvement program designed to transform its operations, in real-time, in support of our customers. Customer service personnel are on-hand to solve each supply support problem and adjust the inventory and referral catalog to meet the changing demands of each unit, office and shop.
The Enterprise supports the Green Procurement Programs, Energy Independence and Sustainability Goals, and Socio-Economic Goals of the Federal Government. The Marine Corps and the General Services Administration established a strategic partnership for supply support of all Marines worldwide. Building on the experience of the Garrison Retail Supply operations at key installations the Enterprise is designed, cooperatively, to provide customers a greater selection, competitive costs, easy compliance with regulations, and improved service to meet their mission requirements. The USMC ServMart integrates seamlessly with financial accounting systems and provides automated reporting to supervisory personnel and comptrollers. Policy is currently published in MARADMIN 602/09 and will be published in MCO 4400.176. Help us celebrate the ongoing transformation! Walk throught the USMC ServMart, enjoy the vendor displays and refreshments, ride the NASCAR simulator, ask questions and make recommendations for improvement.
DoD and EPA Sign Energy Sustainment Agreement
DoD and EPA have signed an agreement that formalizes the partnership between the Defense Department and EPA to develop and implement technologies that will help create sustainable American military bases all over the world. Under this memorandum of understanding (MOU), DoD and the EPA's Office of Research and Development will collaborate in the development of innovative technologies to help create sustainable and resilient military bases across the country and overseas. The cutting-edge research of EPA and DoD scientists and engineers will be used to develop and demonstrate tools and technologies that will aid DoD in achieving its vision of sustainability.
EPA Recognizes DoD Facilities for Emission Reductions and Energy Savings
The U.S. EPA recognized two DoD facilities with the Energy Star Combined Heat and Power (CHP) award for taking an efficient, clean, and reliable approach to generating power and thermal energy from a single source. By using CHP technology, the award winners demonstrated leadership and a commitment to protecting people's health and the environment while reporting annual energy savings of $6.8 million. The recipients are the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Bragg, N.C. and U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, CA.
Department of Defense Announces Energy Potential Study
The Department of Defense (DoD) could generate 7000 megawatts (MW) of solar energy -- equivalent to the output of seven nuclear power plants -- on four military bases located in the California desert, according to a study released today by DoD's Office of Installations and Environment. The year-long study, conducted by the consultancy ICF International, looked at seven military bases in California and two in Nevada. It finds that, even though 96 percent of the surface area of the nine bases is unsuited for solar development because of military use, endangered species and other factors, the solar-compatible area is nevertheless large enough to generate more than 30 times the electricity consumed by the California bases, or about 25 percent of the renewable energy that the State of California is requiring utilities to use by 2015.
The Department of Defense is seeking to develop solar, wind, geothermal and other distributed energy sources on its bases both to reduce their $4 billion-a-year energy bill and to make them less dependent on the commercial electricity grid. Such on-site energy generation, together with energy storage and so-called smart-microgrid technology, would allow a military base to maintain its critical operations "off-grid" for weeks or months if the grid is disrupted.
The ICF study looks in detail at the seven DoD installations that are located in California's Mojave and Colorado deserts: Fort Irwin, Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, the Marine Corps' Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, Edwards Air Force Base, Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms and Naval Air Facility El Centro. The study also looks at two Air Force bases located in the Nevada desert, Creech and Nellis.
Most of the surface area of the installations consists of undeveloped ranges used for training and other military activities that the study finds are incompatible with solar facilities. In addition, using detailed Geographic Information System data, ICF ruled out large portions of the bases' developed areas because of the presence of cultural and biological resources, flash flood hazards and other conflicts. For each area that survived the geographic screening process, ICF looked at the technical feasibility of six alternative solar technologies and at the economic viability under private versus military ownership.
The study concludes that 25,000 acres are "suitable" for solar development and another 100,000 acres are "likely" or "questionably" suitable for solar. ICF assumed that 100 percent of the "suitable" land and 25 percent of the "likely" or "questionably" suitable land would be developed for solar energy. According to the study, the largest amount of economically viable acreage is found at Edwards Air Force Base (24,327 acres), followed by Fort Irwin (18,728 acres), China Lake (6,777) and Twentynine Palms (553 acres). ICF found little or no economically viable acreage on the other California bases (Barstow, El Centro and Chocolate Mountain) or the two Nevada bases, principally because the military's use of the land is incompatible with solar development.
Finally, the study finds that private developers can tap the solar potential on these installations with no capital investment requirement from DoD, and that the development could yield the federal government up to $100 million a year in revenue or other benefits such as discounted power.
A copy of the study can be found at http://www.serdp-estcp.org/News-and-Events/News-Announcements/Program-News/DoD-study-finds-7-000-megawatts-of-solar-energy-potential-on-DoD-installations-in-Mojave-Desert.
2010 Consumer Confidence Report
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Ride Share Week
Join us in celebrating National Ride Share Week sponsored locally by Inland Empire 511, San Bernardino County and Riverside County. Anyone who lives in San Bernardino or Riverside County who ride-shares to work (carpools, van pools, takes a bus, walks to work or rides a bicycle to work) is eligible to enter (this includes all civilians and contractors on base as well as active duty). Complete the attached Ride Share Week form or visit http://www.ie511.org/rsweek2011/IECS%20Pledge%20Card%202011.pdf for more information. (completed forms should be returned to Maricarmen Eidson at Maricarmen.firstname.lastname@example.org or to Building 1551, Village Center- Human Resources Office).
Also, anyone who lives in San Bernardino or Riverside county and rides the bus, rides in a van pool, carpools, walks to work (including from the barracks to their work site), or bicycles to work is eligible for a one-time only gift certificate to Stater Bros (the form they need to complete is attached- they should track each day they ride share for three months and then turn the form in to Maricarmen Eidson in Building 1551, Human Resources Office (email@example.com) and then in 4 weeks they will receive $2 per day they participated in ride-sharing over those three months).
Secretary of the Navy announces FY2010 Environmental Award Winners
By Lt. Cmdr. Chuck Turner, Outreach Officer, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Environment
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus announced the winners of the FY 2010 Secretary of the Navy Environmental Awards competition March 23, 2011.
"Your impressive accomplishments and steadfast dedication to a greener future are exactly what's important in the Navy and Marine Corps leadership teams," said Mabus.
The SECNAV Environmental Awards Program recognizes Navy and Marine Corps individuals, teams, ships, and installations for exceptional environmental stewardship. "I'm thoroughly impressed by the effort and professional expertise the Navy and Marine Corps personnel expend in their environmental improvement endeavors," said Mr Len Mediavilla of Groton, Conn., a returning environmental awards judge.
Congratulations to the following winners in the nine award categories recognized this year:
Cultural Resources Management, Installation
Environmental Excellence in Weapons System Acquisition, Small Program
Environmental Quality, Industrial Installation
Environmental Quality, Overseas Installation
Environmental Quality, Small Ship
Environmental Restoration, Installation
Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation
Sustainability, Individual or Team
Sustainability, Non-Industrial Installation
Ms. Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment commended the winners.
"It's impressive, the lengths these installations go to in order to make environmental stewadardship a key pillar in the execution of their day-to-day operations," said Pfannenstiel. "You are the leaders in the important green culture change required in today's Navy and Marine Corps leaders."
The SECNAV award winners will be honored during the annual awards ceremony at the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, DC June 7, 2011.
DOD Announces Winners of the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced today the winners of the 2011 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence. They are:
U.S. Army Garrison, Wiesbaden, Germany
The Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence recognizes the outstanding and innovative efforts of the people who operate and maintain U.S. military installations. The five recipients of this highly competitive Presidential award were selected for their exemplary support of Department of Defense missions.
Excellent installations enable better mission performance and enhance the quality of life for military men and women and their families. Each winning installation succeeded in providing excellent working, housing and recreational conditions.
An Award Ceremony honoring the recipients of this year’s award will be held May 4, 2011, at 2:p.m. EDT in the Pentagon Auditorium, Room BH650. The ceremony will be open for media coverage.
2010 Federal Energy and Water Management Award Winner
U.S. Marine Corps