Sustainment and Resiliency Division

Celebrating Earth Day
Earth Day is an international event raising awareness of and concern for the environment. First celebrated April 22, 1970, Earth Day rallied more than 20 million Americans in support of environmental activities. The event was the largest grassroots movement in U.S. history and also sparked the first major pieces of environmental legislation: the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. Earth Day is now a worldwide event which hundreds of millions of people in close to 180 countries celebrate each April 22. It represents a U.S. and international commitment to environmental security.

Army Reserve-wide activities are part of that celebration. Our Soldiers, Families, and Civilians recognize the importance of sound environmental stewardship. Although Earth Day is April 22, and many celebrations are scheduled on or near that date, it is important to remember sustaining the environment is an everyday responsibility and one the Army Reserve takes seriously. Earth Day exemplifies our commitment to protect the public resources entrusted to military care and provides an opportunity to focus attention on our Environmental Program.

Learn more about how the Army Reserve conserves energy and water, diverts waste, protects natural and cultural resources, and ensures environmental compliance. 

Our Mission

The Sustainment and Resiliency Division (SRD) plans, programs, and resources USAR-funded Installation services, establishing policies and guidance as they relate to sustainable and resilient facility operations.

State-of-the-art, sustainable, and resilient facilities, lands, and infrastructure that contribute to a capable, combat-ready, and lethal Federal Reserve Force.

Resilience enables the USAR to anticipate, recover, and adapt to changing conditions. Secure and reliable assets at USAR facilities are vital to perform its key mission and support global operations. The Strategic Readiness Team (SRT) partners with USAR-funded Installations and Readiness Divisions to facilitate the Integrated Strategic and Sustainability Planning (ISSP) process, supporting the creation long-term holistic strategic plans. Through ISSP, SRT helps strengthen the USAR’s alignment with a culture focused on warfighter readiness and resilience.​

The USAR Energy & Water Program’s priority is to ensure available, reliable, and quality power and water to sustain critical missions. Our energy and water initiatives are united in effort—enabling the USAR to execute a holistic strategy that enhances readiness and resilience while improving the operational capabilities of Soldiers.

The USAR Environmental Program champions environmental stewardship through legal compliance. It enables senior leaders to make the best possible decisions in support of USAR missions while bolstering the ecosystems upon which military training and operations depend.

We enable our facilities to work—on any given day, in the face of any given challenge, we enable USAR facilities to operate safely and effectively with the resources they need to achieve their mission. Through the USAR Solid Waste Program, logistics and engineering funding, or infrastructure analytics to articulate requirements-driven decisions, our Services Branch is here to support a wide range of essential programs.

We believe we have a special duty to our communities to do things the right way. We also believe that Soldiers, Civilian employees, and our communities have a personal responsibility to implement conservation and resilience efforts. Everyone is vulnerable to the risks that drive the USAR’s focus on long-term sustainability. Whether natural disasters or cyberattacks, personal resilience is just as important as military resilience.

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Area environmental protection specialists at heart of 88th RD compliance mission
Army Reserve Sgt. Jacob Pulliam, left, operations noncommissioned for 428th Military Police Company, and Andrea Pawlik, area environmental protection specialist, 88th Readiness Division, inspect a storage container for environmental compliance during a visit to the Maple Lane Army Reserve Center in South Bend, Indiana, Feb. 25, 2021. Environmental protection specialists are responsible for ensuring federal, state and local guidelines are followed at Army Reserve facilities.
April 16, 2021 - With a mission that spans more than 250 facilities and 12 training areas across 19 states, the 88th Readiness Division’s Environmental Division’s environmental responsibility is large and robust...

Blueprints of the Past to Modernize the Future Force
Feb. 2, 2021 - The origin of U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) has a fascinating history. Looking beyond the long history of operational activities, much of the story of the USAR can be told through the buildings and facilities that make up Army...

FAQs: COVID-19 impact to the U.S. Army Reserve
Dec. 22, 2020 - These questions have been submitted by Soldiers to various U.S. Army Reserve social media websites. Here, Soldiers may find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions...

Environmental team performs lead dust sampling at excess Army Reserve Center
Oct. 23, 2020 - Indoor firing ranges may pose a setback in the disposal process of multiple U.S. Army Reserve properties nationwide. Some 50 Army Reserve properties are slated for lead dust sampling. The Louisville District Environmental...

Devens Reserve Forces Training Area (RFTA) develops program to divert food waste into energy through anaerobic digestion
Oct. 2, 2020 - Devens Reserve Forces Training Area (RFTA), Massachusetts, has been hard at work to find innovative ways to increase recycling and divert waste from the local landfill. One of the newest initiatives added to their Directorate...

Devens Reserve Forces Training Area strengthens environmental stewardship through Qualified Recycling Program
June 30, 2020 - What does it take to be the most capable, combat-ready reserve force? A focus on training to win the wars of tomorrow and a whole lot of brass to back it up. As a United States Army Reserve (USAR)- funded Installation that...


For more information about the Sustainment and Resiliency Division, Army Reserve Installation Management Directorate, please contact Ms. Ashley Bradford at 703-806-6797.