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April 28, 2011
Oregon National Guard leading in environmental stewardship
 
The Oregon Army National Guard is once again leading the way in Environmental stewardship for the military. Oregon was selected from all National Guard states and territories across the nation to pilot a unique Net Zero initiative being driven by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment (ASA IE&E).

"We were competing against 75 Army installations around the world, such as Ft. Hood and Ft. Bragg, and we were the only the National Guard selectee. this is a great victory for us, as it validates over 30 years of hard work and good decision making," said Col. Christian Rees, Director of Installations for the Oregon National Guard. "This is a great opportunity for the Oregon National Guard and allows us to act as an example for other National Guard states so they can understand how we are approaching these issues," he added.

The ASA IE&E awarded three categories - Energy, Water, and Solid Waste. Oregon submitted proposals in two categories - Energy and Water, and won in both categories. The Net Zero Energy initiative for Oregon, means that all National Guard facilities within the state will strive to consume only as much energy as they produce. By being environmentally conscious the Oregon National Guard is also helping provide stability and security in communities throughout the state.

Additionally, Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Ore. has been selected as a Net Zero Water Installation. A Net Zero Water Installation limits the consumption of freshwater resources and returns water back to the same watershed so as not to deplete the groundwater and surface water resources of that region in quantity and quality over the course of a year.

Rees said the Oregon National Guard's focus on sustainability makes both environmental and financial sense.

"In an era where we are facing tightening resources this indicates the Oregon National Guard is making good, sound decisions, and we are using what few dollars we have in the best way possible," said Rees. "These decisions are helping to position this region well in regards to Energy Security, and the ability to provide a ready force of Citizen-Soldiers to support State and Federal missions."
 
Photo: Aerial Photo Camp Rilea, Warrenton, Ore.