Sustainability at JRTC & Fort Polk
Sustainability at JRTC and Fort Polk means to simultaneously meet current and future mission requirements, safeguard human health, improve well-being/quality of life, and enhance the natural environment. Sustainability reaches all aspects of land and its natural resources, the structures and post operations. Sustainability requires routine decision making to include the triple bottom line: the mission, the environment, and the community. Integrating all three of these components into our thinking will provide a long term systems approach to managing our resources.
Every Soldier, family member, civilian, contractor, supplier, service provider and manufacturer that interacts with Fort Polk directly or indirectly has a role in promoting the installation sustainability goals and objectives.
In April of 2011, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment [ASA(IE&E)], launched a sustainability initiative identified as Net Zero. Selected Net Zero pilot installations are striving annually to consume only as much energy as they produce, use as much water as they collect or treat on site, and eliminate solid waste disposal in landfills by the year 2020.
The Army has identified JRTC and Fort Polk as one of eight Net Zero Waste pilot installations. The goal of Net Zero Waste is to reduce, reuse, and recover solid waste streams by converting them to resource values with zero solid waste disposed in landfills. Net Zero Waste has two supporting goals for waste diverted from landfills based on previously established DoD goals for solid waste (i.e., non-hazardous municipal solid waste) and construction and demolition (C&D) debris.
The Net Zero vision is to create a culture and behaviors that value sustainability measured not just by financial benefits, but benefits to mission capability, increased security, quality of life, relationships with local communities, and the preservation of options for the Army's future. The Army recognizes that managing its resources and enhancing security and sustainability is extremely important because it is financially prudent, operationally necessary, and essential to mission success.