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DoD Winners of 2016 SECDEF Awards

2016

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. 

For more information click below.

http://www.denix.osd.mil/awards/2016SECDEF/

         

America Recycles Day November 15th

11/08/2016

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

  • NO.1 & NO.2 PLASTICS
  • ALUMINUM & STEEL CANS
  • PAPER & CARDBOARD PRODUCTS
  • GLASS CLEAR/BROWN/GREEN 

For more information contact Base Recycling at 760.830.5666

https://americarecyclesday.org/pledge

         

Hazardous Material Reutilization/Free Issue

08/9/2016

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.

http://www.29palms.marines.mil/Staff/G4-Installations-and-Logistics/Environmental-Affairs/

https://em.usmc.mil/sites/tp/hwm/default.aspx

         

NREA Hosts Sustainability Expo

04/26/2016

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

04/21/2015

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

03/19/2015

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:

  • Executive Order 13423 of January 24, 2007
  • Executive Order 13514 of October 5, 2009
  • Presidential Memorandum of December 2, 2011 (Implementation of Energy Savings Projects and Performance-Based Contracting for Energy Savings)
  • Section 1 of Presidential Memorandum of February 21, 2012 (Driving Innovation and Creating Jobs in Rural America through Biobased and Sustainable Product Procurement)
  • Presidential Memorandum of December 5, 2013 (Federal Leadership on Energy Management)
  • Presidential Memorandum of May 24, 2011 (Federal Fleet Performance)

The overarching goal of EO 13693 is to maintain Federal leadership in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions.

In Section 6 of EO 13693 the Federal Environmental Executive is reestablished as the Federal Chief Sustainability Officer and the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive is reestablished as the Office of the Chief Sustainability Officer, for which the Environmental Protection Agency shall provide funding and administrative support and that shall be maintained at CEQ.

This EO uses the terminology "Principal Agencies" and Contributing Agencies" which are defined as follows:

  • Contributing Agency - executive agencies that are not subject to the Chief Financial Officers Act and include Federal Boards, Commissions, and Committees (EO 13693, Section 19, para h).
  • Principal Agency - agencies subject to the Chief Financial Officers Act and agencies subject to the OMB Scorecard process under section 5(b) of EO 13693 (EO 13693, Section 19, para t).
  • Under Section 7 of EO 13693, each Principal Agency will have a designated agency Chief Sustainability Officer, and report the name of the Chief Sustainability Officer to the Director of OMB and the Chair of CEQ. The designated agency Chief Sustainability Officer will represent the agency on the Steering Committee.
  • Under Section 8 of EO 13693, each Contributing Agency will also designate an agency Chief Sustainability Officer and report the name of the Chief Sustainability Officer to the Director of OMB and the Chair of CEQ.
  • According to Section 14 of EO 13693, beginning in June 2015, and continuing through fiscal year 2025, Principal Agencies will develop, implement, and annually update an integrated Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (Plan) based on guidance prepared by the Chair of CEQ. Each Principal Agency Plan and update shall be provided to the Chair of CEQ and Director of OMB and are subject to approval by the Director of OMB. The Principal Agency Plans and updates shall be made publicly available on an agency Web site once approved.
  • Contributing agencies are encouraged to prepare a Plan but may limit content of the Plan to a summary of agency actions to meet the requirements of the EO.

The following additional definitions from EO 13693 are applicable to this Program Area:

  • Agency - an executive agency as defined in section 105 of title 5, United States Code, excluding the Government Accountability Office (EO 13693, Section 19, para b).
  • Federal Facility - any building or collection of buildings, grounds, or structures, as well as any fixture or part thereof, which is owned by the United States or any Federal agency or that is held by the United States or any Federal agency under a lease-acquisition agreement under which the United States or a Federal agency will receive fee simple title under the terms of such agreement without further negotiation (EO 13693, Section 19, para l).

For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and procurement, please see the Acquisition Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and chemical management, please see the Chemical Management Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and electronics stewardship, please see the Electronics Stewardship Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and EMS, please see the EMS Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and energy, please see the Energy Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and greenhouse gases (GHG), please see the Greenhouse Gases Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and high performance buildings, please see the High Performance Buildings Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and natural resources, please see the Natural Resources Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and NEPA, please see the NEPA Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and pollution prevention, please see the Pollution Prevention Program Area.
For guidance pertaining to EO 13693 and transportation, please see the Transportation Program Area.
(https://www.fedcenter.gov/programs/sustainability/)

 

         

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

04/22/2015

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

04/22/2014

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

04/21/2014

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

04/19/2014

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

03/09/2012

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

02/28/2012

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

02/08/2012

 

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.  

http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=15046&CFID=7444268&CFTOKEN=96390000

 

EPA Recognizes DoD Facilities for Emission Reductions and Energy Savings

02/07/2012

 

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. 

http://epa.gov/chp/public-recognition/current_winners.html?CFID=7444268&CFTOKEN=96390000

 

Department of Defense Announces Energy Potential Study

1/13/2012

 

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

10/19/2011

Click here for the 2010 Consumer Confidence Report.

Ride Share Week

10/03/2011

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.eidson@usmc.mil 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 (maricarmen.eidson@usmc.mil)  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

3/23/2011

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
 USN Winner: Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada
 USMC Winner: Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Environmental Excellence in Weapons System Acquisition, Small Program
 USN Winner: Battle Force Tactical Trainer(BFTT) In-Service Engineering  Agent(ISEA) Design Team

Environmental Quality, Industrial Installation
 USN Winner: Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia
 USMC Winner: Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

Environmental Quality, Overseas Installation
 USN Winner: US Naval Support Activity Bahrain
 USMC Winner: Marine Corps Base Camp Butler

Environmental Quality, Small Ship
 USN Winner: USS MOMSEN (DDG 92)

Environmental Restoration, Installation
 USN Winner: Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia / Naval Support Activity  Norfolk, VA
 USMC Winner: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation
 USN Winner: Naval Base Ventura County
 USMC Winner: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

Sustainability, Individual or Team
 USN Winner: PMA-231 Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health Team
 USMC Winner: Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

Sustainability, Non-Industrial Installation
 USN Winner: Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois
 USMC Winner: Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

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.

[from: http://www.navy.mil/search/print.asp?story_id=59268&VIRIN=93633&imagetype=1&page=1]
     

 

       

DOD Announces Winners of the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for  Installation Excellence

4/21/2011

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
  Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Twentynine Palms,  Calif.
  Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii
  Spangdahlem Air Base, Spangdahlem, Germany
Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio

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.

[from: http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=14428]

 

2010 Federal Energy and Water Management Award Winner

U.S. Marine Corps
Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command/Marine Corps Air Ground Combat  Center
Twentynine Palms, California

In FY 2009, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) Twentynine Palms  broadened its overall utility and energy management programs by investing $16.1  million in new PV applications and continued energy efficiency improvements.  Energy efficiency efforts included 14 energy management control system and  chilled water conservation projects, 10 interior and exterior lighting upgrade  projects, and complete utility metering. These efforts saved 12.8 billion Btu in  FY 2009 and reduced energy intensity more than 15% from the FY 2003 baseline.  Two PV sunshade projects provide annual generation of 610 million Btu, with  exploration of wind and geothermal resources underway. Four water conservation  projects replaced 80,000 square feet of grass with rockscape, saving almost 2.2  million gallons of water each year. Water consumption was reduced more than 7%  from the FY 2007 baseline. MCAGCC also continued its Building Energy Monitor  program, assigning individuals from every directorate and tenant command to  inspect their respective buildings, report problems that create inefficient  operations, and educate building tenants on energy awareness.

[from: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/services/awards_fewm2010.html#pao]