As part of the Army’s overall effort to conserve precious resources, the Army Reserve will now have facilities that will reduce the amount of waste it produces – by only using the energy it can generate.
This pilot program will be using net zero installations. Net zero means that these installations will consume only as much energy or water as they produce and eliminate solid waste to landfills.
A net zero energy installation produces as much energy on site as it uses over the course of a year. The Army’s pilot net zero energy installations include two Army Reserve installations: Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif. and Parks Reserve Forces Training Area, Calif.
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. The Army’s pilot net zero water installations include one Army Reserve installation: Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico.
A net zero waste installation reduces, reuses, and recovers waste streams, converting them to resource values with zero landfill over the course of a year. The Army’s pilot net zero waste installations include one Army Reserve installation: Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif.
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