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Army Changing Green Standards – Even Down to the Lightbulbs

Katherine Hammack, Photo: asaie.army.mil

The Army is changing the way it does green, according to a new memo from one of the Army’s top energy and environment chiefs.

Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and the environment, released an updated memo containing guidelines for improving green-building standards. It will revise the Army’s all-around green-building approach, including planning, programming, budgeting and building.

And while green is great for the environment, it is also a matter of security, Hammack said

“Energy security, sustainability and efficiency are national security imperatives,” she added. “This policy supports the Army’s global missions in a cost-effective, safe and sustainable manner that will benefit Army soldiers, families and the entire nation.”

The new memo takes into account sustainability methods such as cool roofs, solar water heating, storm-water management and water efficiency.

The overhauled green-building standards are about more than just saving on construction and renovation costs, though, Hammack said.

“Maintaining access to vital resources, including energy, water and the environment is vital for accomplishing the Army’s global missions,” she added.

The memo’s guidelines are pretty exhaustive, even down to the lightbulbs. It sets energy-efficiency standards for all lightbulbs in Army facilities, with the goal of eventually phasing out all incandescent bulbs within five years.

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