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Air Force focuses on sustainability

Posted 4/22/2014   Updated 4/22/2014 Email story   Print story


by Air Force Civil Engineer Center

4/22/2014 - SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- Today, the Air Force will join the nation in celebrating Earth Day. The Air Force joins in the commitment to protecting, conserving and restoring the natural environment. Airmen across the country are encouraged to explore and implement new ways to promote sustainability both at home and at work. All are challenged find new ways to "Conserve Today - Secure Tomorrow."

By fiscal year 2020, the Department of Defense has a goal to reduce gas emissions associated with DOD operations by 34 percent when compared to fiscal year 2008 baseline levels. In fiscal year 2013, greenhouse gas emissions were reduced 21.5 percent, exceeding the 2013 goal of a 10 percent reduction.

Across the Air Force, installations are taking action to enhance sustainability and achieve the goals established by the DOD Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan for managing water resources, conserving energy and reducing waste and pollution. By fiscal year 2020, the plan calls for a 26 percent reduction in consumption of potable water from fiscal year 2007 levels. Significant progress was made when the Air Force reduced potable water intensity by 19.8 percent in fiscal year 2013. This is well ahead of the 2013 goal of 12 percent.

Seymour Johnson AFB has reduced energy derived from both natural gas and electrical consumption by 43 percent versus the baseline year in 2003. As potable water is becoming a valuable resource, the base has seen a 14 percent reduction versus the 2007 baseline. This progress was achieved through new energy efficient construction, replacement of outdated equipment, and demolition of antiquated facilities.

In 2013, Seymour Johnson AFB was awarded the Federal Energy and Water Management Award from the U.S. Department of Energy for the construction of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified Consolidated Support Center. Multiple innovative technologies were used in construction including high efficiency HVAC systems, low-flow water fixtures, and high-efficiency lighting. The construction of this facility allowed for the consolidation of five functional organizations and demolition of four buildings, lowering utility costs for these organizations by 60 percent.

This year, the Air Force is once again asking Airmen and their families to logon to the "Blue Acts of Green" Facebook page at to share environmentally friendly practices they commit to performing everyday as well as learn what other families are doing across the country to protect one of Earth's most precious natural resources. To contact the base energy manager call (919) 722-7161.

For more information, visit the Air Force Earth Day website at

*Editor's note: This article has contributions from 2nd Lt. Joshua Jones and the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron. This article was edited to include local information.

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