Earth Day Highlights
2021 Earth Day
By Cathy Kropp, U.S. Army Environmental Command
SAN ANTONIO -- Each year the U.S. Army Environmental Command works with Army environmental leaders to develop the Army Earth Day Poster. Earth Day is held on April 22 each year and is the largest environmental outreach effort conducted Army-wide. This year’s theme is Restore Our Earth.
The Army has done a lot of work restoring Army lands through installation restoration activities, compliance cleanup, military munitions response and removal, threatened and endangered species protection, ecosystem and habitat recovery, forestry management, range management, operational range assessments, migratory bird protection, wildlife monitoring, recycling activities, conservation easements and agreements, partnerships with federal and nonprofit conservation organizations, school and scout partnerships, and installation Earth Day activities.
Earth Day celebrations provide an opportunity to share environmental successes with Army installation residents, workers, and neighbors, as well as a time to band together to cleanup Army lands. When combined with Month of the Military Child events, installation environmental staff can reach children with environmental messages to help start them on environmental stewardship early and inspire them to pay attention to their effect on the Earth.
The Army’s conservation efforts have not only aided in the recovery of certain species such as the recovery of the red-cockaded woodpecker, but also have generated more than 250,000 acres of training land as a result of these efforts.
The Army is constructing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified facilities to minimize utility costs and impacts to the environment such as greenhouse gas emissions.
The Army is collaborating with federal agencies, academia and industry to evaluate how climate, conservation and species preservation contribute to readiness. The application of this knowledge will lead to improved installation infrastructure and ensure the homeland is protected and defended from current and future threats.
Our Army is committed to continuously improving environmental performance and management practices, ensuring environmental compliance, and minimizing pollution. In all Army activities we seek to be good stewards of our environment and to protect the resources entrusted to us by the American people.
Please take the time to review our contributions to Restore the Earth and share with your friends and family. Together we can make a difference.