Every Veterans Day I try to highlight the sustainability work of the US military. This year, I thought I would highlight the marines.
Many do not realize it, but the U.S. military has moved into sustainability in a big way. If you think about it, this makes sense. In the U.S. they are one of the largest single land managers, one of the largest purchasers of equipment, one of the largest owners of buildings, and one of the largest water, food, and energy users.
Take a look at the U.S. Marines sustainability plan here. You will see that the Marines looks at sustainability as a key component of their overall operations. Their plan focuses on reducing fossil fuels, improving water resource management, reducing greenhouse gases, minimizing solid waste, reducing pollution, integrated pest management, improving buildings, sustainable procurement, integrated regional planning, environmental management systems, and sustainable ranges.
If you look at any branch of the military, you will find that they are doing something to try to improve their overall operations. In many ways, they serve as an example of the type of efforts that could be underway in other large organizations like corporations, school districts, and governments.
Happy Veterans Day to all those vets out there!