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Camp Roberts, JFTB Los Alamitos Earn National Environmental Awards
10/27/2016
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LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. — The environmental teams at two California Army National Guard installations,
Camp Roberts and Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) Los Alamitos, were honored to receive Army National
Guard Environmental Awards this month for their restoration and sustainability efforts.

“Environmental stewardship is integrated into every facet of operations at each Cal Guard facility across the
state,” said Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, California’s Adjutant General. “We work every day to ensure we
are conserving resources for taxpayers, safeguarding our state for future generations and providing an
optimal training environment for all our troops.”

Winners were selected from entries submitted by all 54 states and territories, and the winning entrants will
now compete for the Secretary of the Army and Secretary of Defense environmental awards.

Camp Roberts, near Paso Robles on the Central Coast, was recognized as the nation's top installation in the
Environmental Restoration category for a 10-year project completed this year that removed hundreds of
World War II-era buildings which contained lead-based paint. The buildings were demolished, and all
hazardous materials were placed in a Special Waste Landfill on Camp Roberts to prevent any exposure to the
environment. The sites’ soil was returned to near-native conditions, and the grounds were reclassified for use
by Guard members for training purposes.

JFTB’s environmental team was one of three winners in the Sustainability, Individual/Team category for a
wide variety of initiatives to achieve long-term environmental goals. The post plans to break ground on a
solar farm next year that will establish energy independence for the base and ensure operations keep running
if a natural disaster brings down power in the region. JFTB also has slashed its water consumption by
transitioning to a drought-tolerant landscape, and it has excelled in its waste-reduction and recycling
programs, diverting thousands of tons of recyclable materials from being sent to landfills. Environmental
management at JFTB also has saved taxpayers millions of dollars that would have otherwise been spent on
waste disposal, new materials and landscape maintenance.

For further information on Cal Guard environmental initiatives, contact Brandon Honig, California Military
Department public affairs manager, at 805-458-3825 or brandon.s.honig.civ@mail.mil.

 

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