The Defense Department recognized Fort Hood with the Environmental Quality Award, officials announced Monday.
Fort Hood “led the way in environmental quality innovation and proactive community interaction, partnerships and training,” according to the announcement.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the team members and all of Fort Hood,” said Brian Dosa, director of Fort Hood’s Directorate of Public Works. He acknowledged that without the participation of everyone on post, this award would not have been attainable.
“It’s a collaborative effort of everything we’ve done in the last two fiscal years,” said Christine Luciano, outreach coordinator for the public works environmental division. “We’ve seen a culture change. We’ve seen soldiers take pride ... and every one trying to be part of the solution for a greener Fort Hood.”
There were four specific areas in which Fort Hood excelled: the Net Zero Waste by 2020 program; its energy efficiency efforts; coordination and training within units; and outreach efforts within the on- and off-post communities.
The Cen-Tex Sustainability Partnership was one of the major community outreach programs highlighted by the award. The partnership brings Fort Hood together with Killeen, Gatesville, Harker Heights and Copperas Cove to move forward and problem-solve together.
“Congress helps us a little bit, because they passed legislation to let us go outside our boundaries,” said Randy Doyle, supervisor of the environmental support team. “It’s being able to work with people and feel good about it, because we’re given the drive and passion to do more.”
Looking at the Net Zero portion of the award, the recycling centers work to add more recycling options played a significant role in recognition. Since Net Zero efforts began, Fort Hood has diverted about 25 percent of its waste from the landfill, Dosa said. Much of that came from the increased variety of recyclable items on post and adding single-stream recycling to Fort Hood Family Housing.
Fort Hood also won this award in 2012.
“We’re going to take a second to give some high fives and celebrate and then start thinking about the initiatives to go to the next level,” Dosa said.
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