Food Waste Reduction in Military Kitchens: A Tracking Technology Demonstration at Fort Jackson

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This report evaluates a food waste tracking technology at military dining facilities (DFACS). It shows the amount of waste that can be reduced simply by measuring the waste flow and educating the kitchen staff and management. This should serve to encourage other kitchens, and especially military kitchens, to employ food waste tracking technology to save money and conserve energy and water resources.

The Defense Department will investigate U.S. sites for PFAS contamination

Read the full story from NPR.

The Pentagon is testing hundreds of military sites around the country for contamination from chemicals known by the acronym PFAS, which have been linked to health problems such as cancer.

The military has a pollution problem: ‘Every major weapon system developed is carbon-intensive’

Read the full story at Task & Purpose.

The military may be taking the threat of climate change seriously, but without reporting requirements, there’s a lack of transparency and accountability.

The U.S. Army has released its first-ever climate strategy. Here’s what that means.

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

The U.S. Army released its first climate strategy this week, an effort to brace the service for a world beset by global-warming-driven conflicts.

The plan aims to slash the Army’s emissions in half by 2030; electrify all noncombat vehicles by 2035 and develop electric combat vehicles by 2050; and train a generation of officers on how to prepare for a hotter, more chaotic world. It is part of a broader effort by the Biden administration to address climate change across government agencies, including at the Pentagon.

Funding available for environmental and installation energy technology demonstrations

The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), supports the demonstration of technologies that address priority DoD environmental and installation energy requirements.

The goal of ESTCP is to promote the transfer of innovative technologies through demonstrations that collect the data needed for regulatory and DoD end-user acceptance. Projects conduct formal demonstrations at DoD facilities and sites in operational settings to document and validate improved performance and cost savings.

ESTCP is seeking proposals for demonstrations of innovative environmental and installation energy technologies as candidates for funding beginning in FY 2023. The solicitation requests pre-proposals via Calls for Proposals to Federal organizations and via a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Private Sector organizations. Preproposals are due March 10, 2022 by 2 p.m. ET.

Detailed instructions are available on the ESTCP website.

The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) and Call for Proposals (CFP) for Federal Organizations Outside DoD are seeking pre-proposals for technologies in the following topic areas:

  • Innovative Technology Transfer Approaches
  • Management of Impacted Groundwater
  • Long-term Management of Impacted Aquatic Sediments
  • Detection, Classification, Localization, and Remediation of Military Munitions in Underwater Environments
  • Time-series and New Site Updates to the Defense Regional Sea Level (DRSL) Database
  • Improved Wildland Fire Management Tools for Testing and Training Land Utilization
  • Biological Control of Non-indigenous Invasive Species Affecting Military Testing and Training Activities
  • Technology Demonstrations to Accelerate Deployment of Energy and Water Efficiency and Resilience Solutions
  • Energy Resilience on DoD Installations
  • Solutions to Improve Space Heating and Water Heating
  • Efficiency Use of Thermal Microgrids to Improve Energy Efficiency and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Improved Life-cycle Management of Packaged Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning (HVAC) Systems
  • Improved Water Resilience on DoD Installations
  • Impact of Climate Change on DoD Buildings
  • Climate Impacts on DoD Water Infrastructure
  • Analyzing the Impacts of Weather Events on DoD Installations
  • Improving Climate Resilience of DoD Installation and Surrounding Community Infrastructure

Informational webinar

ESTCP Director Dr. Herb Nelson, Deputy Director Dr. Andrea Leeson, and the ESTCP Program Managers will conduct an online seminar on January 20, 2022, from noon-1:30 pm CST. This briefing will offer valuable information for those interested in new ESTCP funding opportunities. During the online seminar, participants may ask questions about the funding process, the current ESTCP solicitation, and the proposal submission process. Pre-registration for this webinar is required.

If you have difficulty registering, please contact the ESTCP Support Office at serdpestcp.webinars@noblis.org or by telephone at 571-372-6565.

The Military Emissions Gap

Militaryemissions.org is dedicated to tracking, analyzing and closing the military emissions gap, bringing together the data that governments report into one place. Click on the map to explore what your government does, and doesn’t report. The site also includes information about the problem, proposed solutions, and additional resources.

The site is a collaboration between the Conflict and Environment Observatory and Concrete Impacts.

Toxic contamination on bases leave thousands of veterans reeling

Read the full story at MilitarySpot.

For years, the epidemic of toxic contamination at military bases & installations owned and/or used by the United States Armed Forces has resulted in poisoned the environment and placed military personnel and their families at risk for severe health problems. It is remarkable that contamination at military bases has become so widespread and dangerous that more than two-thirds of all Superfund sites designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are military-affiliated.

The United States military is a massive enterprise tasked with the responsibility of operating industrial manufacturing and testing facilities for weapons, military vehicles, chemical warfare, and research; ship, vehicle, and aircraft manufacturing and repair facilities; training and maneuver bases; and other military-related products and services. These activities generate by-products and enormous amounts of hazardous waste that significantly harm both the environment and human health.

Department of Defense Climate Adaptation Plan

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The Department of Defense (DOD) has identified climate change as a critical national security issue and threat multiplier (DOD 2014a) and top management challenge (DOD 2020a). Climate change will continue to amplify operational demands on the force, degrade installations and infrastructure, increase health risks to our service members, and could require modifications to existing and planned equipment. Extreme weather events are already costing the Department billions of dollars and are degrading mission capabilities. These effects and costs are likely to increase as climate change accelerates. Not adapting to climate change will be even more consequential with failure measured in terms of lost military capability, weakened alliances, enfeebled international stature, degraded infrastructure, and missed opportunities for technical innovation and economic growth.

The Department must take bold steps to accelerate adaptation to reduce the adverse impacts of climate change. These adaptation efforts must align with our strategic objectives and mission requirements, ensuring that our military can deter aggression and defend the nation under all conditions. DOD will build upon previous work (see inside back cover). Other DOD actions include scientific and engineering research to understand adaptation requirements, new policies and guidance, improved construction codes and standards, tools to assess and evaluate climate exposure at installations, and a requirement for comprehensive installation master planning.

How manufacturers can improve supply chain sustainability based on new DoD recommendations

Read the full story at National Law Review. See also the DoD fact sheet and full report.

As part of the Biden administration’s 100-day evaluation of U.S. supply chains, in June the Department of Defense (DoD) issued its review of certain “strategic and critical materials” that are key ingredients in electronics and green technologies. Supply chain resiliency is an increasingly important area of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) focus for companies and stakeholders alike, and the DoD’s review has implications for ESG reporting.

Watchdog: Lack of DOD action may have caused ‘preventable’ risks from ‘forever chemicals’

Read the full story at The Hill.

A report from an internal watchdog says that a lack of action from the Defense Department may have led to people being exposed to “preventable” risks from toxic chemicals. 

The department’s inspector general (IG) said in a report issued last week that in 2011, Defense officials issued an alert saying that firefighting foam that had a type of chemicals known as PFAS in it contained “chemicals that present human health and environmental risks and require special handling and disposal.”