U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pushes Sustainability with New LEED Gold Building

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers aims to qualify a new energy efficient military office complex for LEED gold standardIn yet another example of the U.S. military leading the civilian world into a healthier and less fossil fuel reliant future, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is aiming to qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for the new energy efficient office complex at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.  The complex was initially designed to meet a lesser standard but the Department of Defense has developed a policy of going beyond minimal compliance with environmental regulations, in order to stimulate more aggressive action on environmental security by the public sector particularly in regard to climate change.

USACE Commanding General Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp recently blogged about the Corps’s sustainability policy with a quote from one of his predecessors: “Environmental ethics and values must be more than an overlay.  They must be a bone-deep part of our way of doing business.”  Van Antwerp has also noted that climate change is “a very real concern that could have very real consequences all over the world.”  That doesn’t leave much wiggle room for supporting our troops in the drill baby drill ethos but then again, that’s the whole point.

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