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 NationalGuard 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 thestate,” said Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, California’s Adjutant General. “We work every day to ensure weare conserving resources for taxpayers, safeguarding our state for future generations and providing anoptimal training environment for all our troops.”
Winners were selected from entries submitted by all 54 states and territories, and the winning entrants willnow 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 theEnvironmental Restoration category for a 10-year project completed this year that removed hundreds ofWorld War II-era buildings which contained lead-based paint. The buildings were demolished, and allhazardous materials were placed in a Special Waste Landfill on Camp Roberts to prevent any exposure to theenvironment. The sites’ soil was returned to near-native conditions, and the grounds were reclassified for useby Guard members for training purposes.
JFTB’s environmental team was one of three winners in the Sustainability, Individual/Team category for awide variety of initiatives to achieve long-term environmental goals. The post plans to break ground on asolar farm next year that will establish energy independence for the base and ensure operations keep runningif a natural disaster brings down power in the region. JFTB also has slashed its water consumption bytransitioning to a drought-tolerant landscape, and it has excelled in its waste-reduction and recyclingprograms, diverting thousands of tons of recyclable materials from being sent to landfills. Environmentalmanagement at JFTB also has saved taxpayers millions of dollars that would have otherwise been spent onwaste disposal, new materials and landscape maintenance.
For further information on Cal Guard environmental initiatives, contact Brandon Honig, California MilitaryDepartment public affairs manager, at 805-458-3825 or firstname.lastname@example.org.