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Military’s Green More than Just Camouflage

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It’s a story that stretches from the battlefield to the drawing board. A team at Fort Belvoir, Va., won a coveted GreenGov Presidential Award for its plans to develop a sustainable, green community at Fort Belvoir.

The Army’s Residential Communities Initiative plans for a 50-year public-private partnership to build more than 2,000 green homes on nearly 600 green acres at Fort Belvoir.

The proposal calls for a “mixed-use” town center complete with solar panels, a salvaged playground and a water-management system that will capture runoff rainwater.

The award is part of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, which promotes sustainability projects.

Also, last week, the Energy Department awarded the Defense Department with Federal Energy and Water Management Awards.

The Air Force, the Marines and the Navy were all big winners for projects such as ground-source heat pumps to replace water-heater pumps and large-scale wind turbines.

Maureen Sullivan, the Defense Department’s director of environmental management, said sustainability efforts were a “priority” for DoD.

“[W]e continue to invest in innovative technologies which demonstrate our commitment to supporting efficiency measures that save money for taxpayers, increase the sustainability of our military mission, and create a stronger economy for the American people,” she added.

For a complete list of winners and their projects, visit: http://www.defense.gov//News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=61227

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