The U.S. Military Seeks Sustainability Solutions

June 1, 2011

By Ameeta Soni, Chief Marketing Officer, VFA, Inc.

VFA recently attended and exhibited at the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) 2011 Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. The exhibit hall was busy, and the technical sessions focused on contingency operations, installation management, water resources, and energy issues, among other topics.

Major General Timothy A. Byers, F.SAME, USAF, stepped down as President of SAME during the conference, handing the reins to Rear Adm. Christopher J. Mossey, P.E., CEC, USN. Writing in the May-June issue of The Military Engineer, Byers describes the military services as being consistently focused on sustainability. He comments that, “The federal budget may not support a robust federal investment in energy and water. There are several possible solutions to this issue:

  • Continue to pursue technology advances to lower the cost of energy solutions.
  • Establish better lifecycle cost modeling to ensure the true costs of ownership are understood and evaluated in today‚Äôs investment decisions.
  • Continue to rely on the private sector to provide upfront investments while sharing in savings from energy and water reductions at military installations.
  • Continue to develop DOD asset management processes, including metering and evaluation of data to optimize the use of scarce resources.”

Budgets are tight, but sustainability remains a pressing issue for the military and many other sectors. Creative solutions such as these may be the answer.

What are you doing to address the challenge of sustainability?

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