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Sustainability Is Keystone

This Army Strategy for the Environment represents such a change in Army thinking. It represents a major advancement in the Army’s appreciation of the interdependence between our mission, the community, and the environment. It builds on the knowledge and experience gained since the Army’s last environmental strategy was published in 1992 – a strategy based on the four pillars of conservation, restoration, pollution prevention, and compliance. This Strategy applies a community, regional, and ecosystem approach to managing natural resources on our installations. It incorporates the principles of sustainability across the Army and into all functional areas.

This is a strategy for a Campaign Quality Army with Joint and Expeditionary Capabilities that is dominant across the full spectrum of operations. The Army will continually incorporate environmental considerations in all contingency and combat operations, as our environmental stewardship inevitably becomes a contributing factor in achieving stability. This is a strategy for a homeland that is protected, an environment that is sustained, and waterways and ecological resources that are preserved as natural and economic assets, and an Army that is trusted by the public.

This is a strategy for a sustainable Army: it sustains and supports the Army in all its missions and applies to all Army units, organizations, personnel, suppliers, support contractors, and partners.

This Strategy is designed to accelerate the Army’s potential to successfully innovate and improve operations. It provides a continuing return on Army investment by more effectively applying resources to meet the Army’s mission. It commits to a focus that meets today’s needs and anticipates tomorrow’s challenges.

The Purposes of This Strategy Are To:

  • Strengthen the Army contribution to joint operational capability
  • Meet current and future training, testing, and other mission requirements
  • Improve our ability to operate installations, to include growing joint interdependency
  • Reduce costs and minimize impacts so the Army can do more, and do it better
  • Enhance human health, safety, and well-being
  • Be an active citizen within our communities, as well as a good neighbor

page last modified on: 3/21/2012