Earth Day has historically been commemorated either in school or as part of a community service group, usually centered on teaching children the importance of protecting the ecosystem and creating a sustainable lifestyle for the future; this year however, it has become evident that Earth Day is no longer just for the kids, nor is it limited to a signal day event. The DoD along with individual branches of our armed forces are making serious efforts to make our military efforts more eco-friendly while improving on our current abilities and readiness.
A major focus of these organizations has been put on providing clean, renewable energy, a goal stressed by the partnership between the Air Force Office of Energy Assurance and the Army the Office of Energy Initiatives. The Navy has also made strides in renewable energy by improving efficiency when it comes to their buildings and fuel use, including the use of drop in alternative fuels. They have also started building a state of the art solar panel facility at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South.
Earth Day hasn’t been completely forgotten in the activity plans though; military installations across the country are taking part in community events from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam participating in the Ahua Reef cleanup to Fort Hood hosting local students for a tree planting ceremony.