U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Marches into Sustainable Future

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is embarking on a raft of sustainability programs, from oyster habitat restoration to solar power installation.Certain politicians may be having a hard time wrapping their heads around the reality of climate change, but that hasn’t stopped the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The USACE is rolling right along with sustainability programs that range from an award-winning oyster habitat restoration project to the installation of 1,200 solar powered street lights in Fallujah and a solar parking lot in New Jersey.

The Commanding General of the USACE, Lt. Gen. Robert Van Atwerp, pulled it all together just a couple of weeks ago with a blog post about the USACE and climate change, and he didn’t mince words on the USACE’s attitude about the whole issue: “It’s a very real concern that could have very real consequences all over the world, and we’re on it.”  That can-do spirit has lead to some interesting new partnerships for the USACE with civilian organizations like The Conservation Fund.  Maybe it’s time for the climate change deniers to come out of their shells and join the party — you know, support the U.S. Army, right?  Hello?

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