Make 2016 your year to go green!
When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, resolve to be more mindful of resource conservation.
RESOLVE TO CONSERVE ENERGY
Extinguishing lights in vacant rooms … unplugging electronics when they are not in use … adjusting your thermostat in accordance with Army Regulation 420-1, Section 22-12 (b) … consuming fuel supplies wisely. All of these measures seem simple, but they can have significant impacts on Army Reserve energy.
The Department of Defense is the largest consumer of energy in the Federal government and spends billions of taxpayer dollars every year to power our facilities and our mission. By conserving energy, you are conserving operational costs for the Army Reserve.
The Army Reserve mission at home and down range depends on accessible, dependable and affordable fuel supplies as well. Energy conservation sustains these vital supplies and protects our nation’s energy security.
RESOLVE TO REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE
A clean environment is crucial to sustaining the Army Reserve mission and the communities in which we live and operate.
In addition, practicing the ‘3 Rs’ helps to save purchasing and waste disposal costs for the Army Reserve.
Find means to reduce your waste at home and at your Army Reserve facilities, and find creative ways to reuse items.
When you can’t reduce or reuse materials, recycle them whenever possible. Plastics, aluminum cans, steel cans, office paper, newspapers, periodicals, cardboard and electronics are only a few of the materials that can be recycled in most areas. Check with your Installation’s Directorate of Public Works for recycling facilities or find a recycling center near you here.
RESOLVE TO PROTECT OUR ECOSYSTEMS
The Army Reserve’s reach is worldwide. Therefore, a variety of ecosystems live in harmony with our facilities and Soldiers. From the beaches of Hawaii to the deserts of California to the longleaf pine forests of North Carolina, there are many environmental considerations at our sites.
Many aspects of the Army Reserve mission – from the availability of clean water to the accessibility of training lands – are dependent on the health of these unique ecosystems.
The Army Reserve must also maintain compliance with Federal mandates and regulations regarding the protection of natural resources and cultural resources.
Always be respectful of our environment.
RESOLVE TO PREVENT POLLUTION
Pollution is a major threat to the natural resources that are so important to our mission – clean air, clean water, open land (to name only a few).
And, pollution can be a major threat to our fiscal resources if we do not prevent and manage it properly. As Federal entities, Army Reserve sites must maintain compliance with mandates and regulations regarding pollution prevention.
Pollution prevention also sustains the health of our communities and our Soldiers.
Do your part to prevent pollution by reducing your use of harmful chemicals, disposing of wastes properly and considering how your actions impact the environment.
If we all work together, 2016 can be the most sustainable year ever for the Army Reserve!
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