The Army Reserve Sustainability Programs is pleased to announce that the Army Reserve Water Security and Solid Waste Implementation Strategies have been signed by Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon, Deputy Commanding General (Support).
These strategies – along with the existing Energy Security Strategy and the Environmental Strategy that is currently in development – are critical foundational building blocks for a successful Army Reserve sustainability program.
“The Army Reserve is moving forward on the path of sustainability as a world-wide organization,” said Sustainability Programs Chief, Paul Wirt. “A sustainable Army Reserve will enable mission resilience and meet the social, environmental and economic interests of Army Reserve communities now and into the future.”
The Army Reserve Water Security Implementation Strategy (ARWSIS) created four goals: promote water conservation; increase water efficiency; utilize alternative water sources; and build a sustainable water program foundation. From these four goals, 12 action items were established to help the Army Reserve and the Mission Support Command, Regional Support Commands and Installations build a sustainable water program. These action items include methods for developing water awareness and education plans, designing water efficient facilities and assessing program performance.
“The signing of the ARWSIS will help build a strong foundation for the Army Reserve water program,” said Water Program Coordinator, Jaime Kearney. “The document defines a strategy for several years to help the Army Reserve strive towards its Net Zero water goal as well as the 36 percent reduction in potable water use and 30 percent reduction in industrial, landscaping and agricultural water use mandates.”
The Army Reserve Solid Waste Implementation Strategy (ARSWIS) also defines four goals: develop a sustainable procurement program; increase solid waste diversion through source reduction, reuse and other methods; create and manage a recycling program at Army Reserve facilities; and implement an integrated solid waste management program.
“The ARSWIS is the cornerstone of the Army Reserve solid waste program,” added Solid Waste Program Coordinator, Tyrone Cook. “This document sets the tone for the program and spearheads the effort to achieve sustainability.”
Ultimately, the ARWSIS and the ARSWIS will help the Army Reserve conserve the natural resources that are so vital to the operations of the Department of Defense.
“Decreasing the demand for water will ensure water surety and security for current and future Army Reserve missions,” Kearney said.
“A comprehensive solid waste program will only enhance the overall Army Reserve sustainability program,” Cook agreed.
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