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DOD says yes – commitment to sustainability

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DOD says yes – commitment to sustainability

Carter ’12 – DOD Senior Sustainability Officer Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Technology and Logistics, (“Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan, FY 2012, LEA

The Department of Defense (DoD) vision of sustainability is to maintain the ability to operate into the future without decline—either in the mission or in the natural and man-made {human-created} systems that support it. DoD embraces sustainability as a critical enabler in the performance of our mission, recognizing that it must plan for and act in a sustainable manner now in order to build an enduring future. The DoD Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP) is framed around four mission-oriented objectives whose successful implementation will make the Department more effective: 1) Ensuring the Continued Availability of Resources Critical to the DoD Mission 2) Maintaining Readiness in the Face of Climate Change 3) Ensuring the Ongoing Performance of DoD Assets by Minimizing Waste and Pollution 4) Continuously Improving the DoD Mission through Sustainability Management and Practices All of the objectives, along with the six goals under them, relate to one another in synergistic ways. Sustainability is not an individual Departmental program; rather, it is an organizing paradigm that applies to all DoD mission and program areas. For this reason, many DoD efforts to drive improved sustainability cut across topical and organizational boundaries, in keeping with the cross-cutting, interdisciplinary and synergistic nature of sustainability. The fact that so many aspects of sustainability are interrelated is reflected in recent actions by the Military Departments to embed sustainability into critical documents and take a more holistic approach to environmental and energy issues. For example, the Army conducted a comprehensive review of environmental programs in FY 2011, including an evaluation of environmental staffing levels across the Army, to ensure that Army organizations are successfully postured to support both the mission and sustainability goals. The Army also merged its energy and sustainability governance structures in October 2011 into a single Senior Energy and Sustainability Council that serves to institutionalize energy and sustainability in doctrine, policy, training, operations and acquisitions across the entire Army enterprise. The Army incorporated sustainability as a “foundation” concept embedded across the Army Campaign Plan strategy map, where one of the objectives is to “achieve energy security and sustainability objectives.” Finally, the Army launched its cross-cutting Net Zero Initiative in April 2011, a holistic approach to energy, water, and waste that directly supports the Army's energy security and sustainability objectives.

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