Commentary

August 30, 2012

5 Questions: David Rodriguez

MCAS Yuma Environmental Director

1.   Where is the Marine Corps heading in terms of energy conservation?

The Marine Corps goal is to Reduce energy consumption by 3% per year, or 30% by 2015 relative to the 2003 baseline.  To accomplish this task, multiple energy efficiency and renewable projects have been generated to assist in those energy reduction goals.  Energy efficiency projects like boiler improvement projects reduce the energy required to perform the task but also assists in the Green House Gas Reduction efforts. Installation & Logistics and the Environmental Department are working hand in hand to meet the mandated Energy and Environmental reduction goals.

 

2.  What is the push for the Corps to “go green”?

Environmental laws and mandates that require the Federal Government to “go green”, emphasizing environmental stewardship and energy efficiency have been with us for the last 30 years. The most recent mandate is Executive Order (EO) 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. This EO requires Federal agencies to set Green House Gas emissions reduction targets by 2020, as well as increase energy efficiency, reduce fleet petroleum consumption, conserve water, reduce waste, support sustainable communities, and leverage federal purchasing power to promote environmentally responsible products and technologies.

 

3. What plans does Environmental have for MCAS Yuma in the near future?

Sustainability of the installation and the valuable training assets in the form of lands, ranges, and airspace entrusted to us. Based on EO 13514 and DoD implementing instructions the Marine Corps and MCAS Yuma’s vision of sustainability is to maintain the ability to operate in the future without decline, either in mission or in the natural and manufactured systems that support it. MCAS Yuma is developing an Installation Sustainability Performance Plan (ISPP) to meet all current and applicable Federal, DoD, USMC, and Arizona and California requirements.

 

4. Why is it important for Environmental to interact with other entities on base?

It is each individual’s responsibility to incorporate environmental considerations into their daily mission decisions. EO 13514 as well as DoD and USMC requirements are a tall order that spans across multiple organizations and departments within the installation to include our tenants and visiting units. MCAS Yuma embraces sustainability as a means of improving mission accomplishment. MCAS Yuma personnel and our tenants are learning to apply this mindset to their practices to improve mission performance and reduce lifecycle costs. MCAS Yuma recognizes that many key issues facing the installation can be addressed through smart investments that can improve sustainability and environmental performance. To make this happen, its takes top down support, multiple stakeholder involvement, and collaboration among all organizations.

 

5.  Where does Yuma stand in the Corps’ environmental plans?

The Marine Corps has established MCAS Yuma’s mission as to provide aviation ranges, support facilities, and services that enhance the combat capability of Marine Corps and other military forces to defend the nation’s defense interests. As part of this mission, MCAS Yuma supports aerial weapons training for Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Marine Forces and Navy and serves as the basis of operations for the MAWTS-1 and Third Marine Air Wing units, including Marine Aircraft Group 13. What makes MCAS Yuma unique for this overall mission requirement is our aviation training ranges. The Marine Corps recognizes MCAS Yuma and its ranges as valuable and precious training assets and continues to provide support and resources for our continued environmental oversight and successful mission accomplishment.




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