Environmental racism and its surprising connection to military bases

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Minority neighborhoods are often clustered around industrial sites, ports, truck routes, and military bases — all of which can be sources of toxic exposure. This phenomenon, part of a broader problem called environmental racism, is also impacting black active-duty service members.

DOD Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) announces funding opportunity

The Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development proposals. SERDP is DoD’s environmental science and technology program, planned nd executed in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, with participation by numerous other Federal and non-Federal organizations. The Program invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development.

Proposals responding to focused Statements of Need (SONs) in the following areas are requested:

  • Environmental Restoration — Research and technologies for the characterization, risk
    assessment, remediation, and management of chemicals of concern in soil, sediments, and
  • Munitions Response — Technologies for the detection, classification, and remediation of
    military munitions on U.S. lands and waters.
  • Resource Conservation and Resilience — Supports the development of the science,
    technologies, and methods needed to manage DoD’s installation infrastructure in a
    sustainable way.
  • Weapons Systems and Platforms — Research and technologies to reduce, control, and
    understand the sources of waste and emissions in the manufacturing, maintenance, and use
    of weapons systems and platforms.

Proposals responding to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 SONs will be selected through a competitive process.
Separate solicitations are available to Federal and non-Federal proposers. The SONs and detailed
instructions are available on the SERDP website. The Core SERDP Solicitation provides funding in varying amounts for multi-year projects. All Core Solicitation pre-proposals are due to SERDP on January 10, 2023 by 2:00 p.m. ET.

SERDP also will be funding environmental research and development through the SERDP Exploratory
Development (SEED) Solicitation. The SEED Solicitation is designed to provide a limited amount of
funding (not to exceed $250,000) for projects up to approximately one year in duration to investigate
innovative approaches that entail high technical risk or require supporting data to provide proof of
concept. This year, SERDP is requesting SEED proposals for the Munitions Response program area.
The SONs and detailed instructions are available on the SERDP website. All SEED proposals are due
on March 14, 2023 by 2:00 p.m. ET.

Learn More About Funding Available Through SERDP

View the webinar “SERDP Funding Opportunities” conducted by Acting SERDP Executive Director
Dr. Kimberly Spangler, Deputy Director Dr. Andrea Leeson, and the SERDP Program Managers. This
briefing offers valuable information for those who are interested in new funding opportunities with
SERDP. During the online seminar, participants posed questions about the funding process, the current
SERDP solicitation, and the proposal submission process. The webinar can be viewed on the SERDP

Environmental racism at California’s military bases

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California is home to at least seven military bases whose drinking water was contaminated with high levels of PFAS.

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

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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’

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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.

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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

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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.