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U.S. Army Releases First Sustainability Report – Big Move To LEED Standards

armysustainability.jpgThe U.S. Army released a 2007 Sustainability Report (PDF) and reported that in FY 2007, 301 of new Army military construction projects, or 78 percent of projects, were designed to LEED standards. The Army also reported an 8.4 percent reduction in energy use intensity in facilities from FY 2004.

From FY 2004 to FY 2007, the Army reported a 5 percent reduction in solid waste and construction and demolition debris generated. It also reduced Army facility water use by 32 percent.

However, during the same period, the Army reported a 35 percent increase in Hazardous Waste (HW) generation, and an 8 percent increase in pounds of HW generated per $1,000 net Army cost of operations. The Army’s absolute Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) also increased 11 percent from FY 2004 to 2007, but the Army reported a 13 percent decrease in pounds of TRI released per $1,000 net Army cost of operations.

In July, the U.S. Army announced it is planning to cut its GHG emissions by 30 percent in seven years.

Earlier this year, the Army implemented its first real-time GHG reporting and management system at Fort Carson, Colorado as part of its plan to reduce GHG emissions.

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