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American forces press service (May 5, 2005): Pentagon ceremony honors Environmental Award winners.



WASHINGTON -- A senior DoD official thanked winners of the 2004 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards at a Pentagon ceremony May 4 for their "dedication to a strong national defense" and "commitment to environmental excellence."

"Every day, the men and women involved in the defense environmental program undertake the enormous--and essential--challenge of managing the abundant natural and cultural resources entrusted to the department," said Michael W. Wynne, under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics The Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics is the title of a high-level civilian official in the United States Department of Defense. The Undersecretary of Defense for Policy is the principal staff assistant and advisor to both the Secretary of Defense . "And you do so in a way that both supports our warfighters and protects public health and safety.

"You are proof that these two goals are not only mutually compatible," he continued, "but are also mutually vital to successfully accomplishing our mission."

Besides congratulating the winners, Wynne also thanked the judges on behalf of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. A panel of expert judges from government, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations Transnational organizations of private citizens that maintain a consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Nongovernmental organizations may be professional associations, foundations, multinational businesses, or simply groups with a common interest in  selected the winners based on five categories cultural resources management
This article is concerned with cultural resources in the widest sense: for traditional, archaeological and historic culture specifically see Cultural Heritage Management


In the broadest sense, Cultural Resources Management (CRM)
, environmental quality, environmental restoration, natural resources, conservation, and pollution prevention.

Wynne said the department's environmental program is based on a forward-looking commitment to sustain the training and testing capabilities the military needs for a strong national defense, while at the same time maintaining healthy ecosystems. He added that DoD's 2004 report to Congress "provides ample evidence" that the program is producing significant results.

"For example," Wynne said, "61 percent of all installations and properties contaminated contaminated,
v 1. made radioactive by the addition of small quantities of radioactive material.
2. made contaminated by adding infective or radiographic materials.
3. an infective surface or object.
 in some way by past defense operations have undergone environmental restoration; 94 percent of DoD's permitted wastewater systems meet regulatory standards for discharge limits; and the department has increased its purchases of environmentally friendly Environmentally friendly, also referred to as nature friendly, is a term used to refer to goods and services considered to inflict minimal harm on the environment.[1]  'green' products by 24 percent.

"The Department of Defense is proud of our record," the under secretary continued. "Furthermore, we are committed to pursuing a comprehensive, results-oriented environmental program that will continue this record of success well into the future."

In the category of Natural Resources Conservation, there were two winners. Fort Drum Fort Drum may refer to:
  • Fort Drum, New York
  • Fort Drum (El Fraile Island), Philippines
  • Fort Drum, Florida
, N.Y., took the prize for its work in implementing an ecosystem approach The Ecosystem Approach is considered one of the most important principles of sustainable environmental management.

The Sixth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity defined the Ecosystem Approach in Decision V/6, Annex A, section 1 as ‘a
 to land management and establishing a wetland mitigation bank.

Lt. Col. Michael Tarpley of the Louisiana Army National Guard The Louisiana National Guard comprises both Army and Air National Guard components. The Constitution of the United States specifically charges the National Guard with dual federal and state missions.  at Camp Beauregard won for leading an exemplary cultural resources program across five National Guard installations and 80 armories, achieving 100 percent compliance.

For Pollution Prevention on a non-industrial installation, the award went to Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, Va., for its active pollution prevention program that has exceeded its hazardous waste Hazardous waste

Any solid, liquid, or gaseous waste materials that, if improperly managed or disposed of, may pose substantial hazards to human health and the environment. Every industrial country in the world has had problems with managing hazardous wastes.
 goal for seven consecutive years, reduced waste shipped off site by more than 70 percent, and reduced energy consumption by one-quarter since 1985.

A second award for pollution prevention, on the individual/team level, went to the Pollution Prevention Team at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., for applying new technologies to processes that benefit both the environment and base missions, and for implementing an environmental management system that significantly decreased chemical use, sludge production, and disposal costs.

For environmental quality, the awards went to the Naval Air Depot Cherry Point, N.C., and Misawa Air Base Misawa Air Base (三沢飛行場 Misawa Hikōjō , Japan. Through timely and efficient environmental management practices at all levels, the Cherry Point depot reduced environmental risks, improved processes, and enhanced the environment. Misawa distinguished itself through superior program management and by employing innovative and cost-effective solutions to environmental challenges.

In the category of Cultural Resources Management, there was a tie between the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is an 8,095 acre (32.9 km²) military installation near Beaufort, South Carolina (32°19'44"N, 80°41'41"W) tasked with the training of enlisted Marines. , S.C., and the 14th Airlift Wing. Hickam Air Force Base For the civil airport use of this facility, see Honolulu International Airport

Hickam Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located in the City and County of Honolulu on the island of O'ahu, Hawai'i.
, Hawaii Both received awards.

Parris Island took the prize for its exemplary commitment to cultural resources by balancing mission needs with the protection of natural resources. Hickam won the award for its innovative cultural resource management program that forged multiple interagency partnerships, contracts, and agreements with state, federal, and educational institutions.

The award for Environmental Restoration was also tied between Keesler Air Force Base Keesler Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located in Biloxi, Mississippi. The base is home of the 81st Training Wing, and the base is responsible for training airmen who have just completed basic training as well as additional training they will need for upcoming , Miss., and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, Hawaii.

Keesler received the award for an accelerated restoration program that protected both the environment and human health. The base was one of the few in the Air Force to exceed defense environmental restoration program goals and the first facility in Mississippi to sign a land-use control Activities such as Zoning, the regulation of the development of real estate, and city planning.

Land-use controls have been a part of Western civilization since the Roman Empire in 450 b.c.
 assurance plan.

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific restored 86 sites with PCB-contaminated soil, addressing the problem comprehensively rather than site by site. They also used more efficient sampling techniques that saved time and money, and conducted tours of the site to keep the public informed of their progress.

In addition to the 10 winners, there were several runners-up in each category

"The objective of sustainability clearly resonates with the civilians and military personnel we honor today," said Philip Grone, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment. "They are integral to making our environmental management program outcome-oriented and results-focused."

Grone said the department's objective is "to move beyond simply complying with environmental laws and regulations. We must sustain our land, sea, and air and space assets over the long term to achieve our defense mission."
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