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Chief of Army Reserve Earth Day Message

​“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” – Native American Proverb

“Sustain the Mission; Secure the Future” is the 2014 Army Earth Day theme.  This theme speaks to the Army’s direct commitment to sustainability in meeting our missions, in the communities where we live, work, and serve, to support a better quality of life.  Army Reserve environmental programs are integral to our mission and training, while minimizing environmental impacts.  This year’s theme reminds us all of the need to ensure that future generations will also have the resources they need.
 
As we strive to attain “net-zero” operations at all of our locations, efforts are underway to provide our Soldiers, Civilians and Families with the means to save energy, conserve water and better manage our resources.  Through the use of cutting edge technologies, and sustainability awareness education to ensure an energy informed culture, we are meeting, and in some cases exceeding, Army goals and mandates.  We’ve reduced energy intensity 25 percent and potable water use by 60 percent over the past ten (10) years.
 
Our training sites are developing robust recycling, repurposing and reuse programs to reduce and ultimately eliminate waste.  This includes a construction debris diversion program and employee and tenant education at Fort Hunter Liggett.  By changing contract requirements, 50 percent of the installation’s waste is diverted by recycling. 
 
The 88th and 63rd Regional Support Commands are achieving extraordinary results using building automation system technology – a centralized interface that can control mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems remotely allowing buildings to operate in their most efficient state.  An audit of the 63rd‘s Headquarters building at Moffett Field revealed the building was consuming 65 percent of its energy during periods of non-occupancy.  This situation was easily rectified, saving precious resources.
In support of our natural environment, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin has partnered with State and Federal agencies in a collaborative fish habitat restoration project.  The removal of barriers along Tarr Creek will improve fish passage and distribution and improve stream habitat.
 
This month, many of our Reserve Centers across the country and overseas will be partnering with schools, local governments and businesses to host Earth Day events and activities, celebrating our commitment to environmental stewardship and protection.  I encourage you to get involved, attend and volunteer at events and activities in your local community. 
 
The smallest change by a large group of committed Citizens and Soldiers can have significant impact.  I’m calling on you to support the ongoing Army Reserve initiatives and to also make simple changes at home that can result in changes for our environment and the security of this great nation. 

Twice the Citizen!

LTG Talley sends
 
Lieutenant General Jeffrey W. Talley is the 32nd Chief of Army Reserve, and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command

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