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Going Green: Sustainability in Action

For more than 40 years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been working hard to be good environmental stewards.  During the past decade, those efforts have expanded to embrace sustainability -- an umbrella concept that encompasses energy, climate change and the environment to ensure that what we do today doesn't negatively impact tomorrow. Through our work in the environmental and sustainability arenas through all our mission areas (civil works, military missions and research and development), we are making smart investments for the future, saving taxpayer dollars, and working in collaboration with other federal agencies and our partners. These videos and articles showcase sustainability, energy and environmental projects that are helping the Army and the nation.

Sustainability Articles

Going Green: Sustainable coastal North Carolina tidal marsh still thriving after 16 years
4/29/2013
In 1996 Wilmington District biologists and engineers, with help from other North Carolina resource agencies, designed and constructed a former dredged material disposal island to offset impacts from...
Going Green: Wind turbine installed on Fort Buchanan
4/29/2013
The first of three 275-kilowatt wind turbines to be erected on Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, started producing energy April 19. The turbines are part of a 10-project energy and water reduction effort...
Going Green: Corps builds largest induction solar wall in the country
4/29/2013
HARRISBURG, PA -- As the sun beats down on one of the biggest buildings in the country, solar thermal collectors go to work providing enough heat for a 1.7 million square foot warehouse. ...
Going Green: Army Corps of Engineers urges to call before you fill
4/22/2013
With construction season here, it is crucial to highlight the fact that streams and wetlands are essential to flood reduction and water-quality improvement, and you must call before you fill," said...
Going Green: District powers debris-removal vessel with biofuel
4/22/2013
SAN FRANCISCO -- Soybeans are helping power a debris-removal vessel operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District. Mechanics at the district's baseyard in Sausalito, Calif.,...
Going Green: Army Corps unveils new master plan for oyster recovery
4/22/2013
Since the turn of the 20th century, oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay have declined dramatically, largely due to disease, overharvesting, loss of habitat, and degraded water quality. With the...
Going Green: Corps prescribed fire program helps double butterfly population
4/15/2013
EUGENE, Ore. -- The population of endangered Fender's blue butterflies has doubled at Fern Ridge Reservoir since last year, according to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey. The Corps' 2012 estimate...
Going Green: Rare mushrooms discovered after prescribed burn
4/11/2013
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers botanists discovered a new site for the rare Pruitt's Amanita mushroom at Fern Ridge Reservoir west of Eugene, Ore., recently. Soils and botany student intern Leanna Van...
Going Green: Corps-built homes in the LEED
4/8/2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- On military installations throughout the nation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has built hangars, fire stations, barracks and homes in a sustainable, energy-saving way, saving...
Going Green: Restoring salmon to an urban park
4/8/2013
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Crystal Springs Creek is one of thousands of small streams flowing through the Pacific Northwest. Most provide ideal habitat for fish, but this creek has not supported fish passage...
Going Green: USACE LA District continues innovative partnership
4/3/2013
LAKE HAVASU, Ariz. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District has helped develop a strong partnership at Alamo Dam and along the Bill Williams River to continue sustaining our nation's...
Going Green: Corps hydropower is clean, reliable, efficient, flexible, renewable and sustainable
3/29/2013
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- In the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers produces significant hydroelectric power for the nation at its dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. Hydroelectric...
Going Green: The Silvery Minnow and the Rio Grande
3/29/2013
The bosque, or forest, surrounding the Rio Grande River, is the longest continuous forest of cottonwood trees in the world. As signs of spring begin to show in the bosque, environmentalists,...
Going Green: Protecting our Great Lakes from the invasive Asian carp
3/29/2013
"Working with our partners to protect our national treasures, our Great Lakes, from aquatic nuisance species is critical," said U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Chicago District Commander Col....