by Robert Gluck
The United States Marine Corps…….….the few, the proud, and now, also the GREEN.
The marines at Camp Pendleton have decided to concentrate on renewable energy and fulfill their duty to the Mother Nature by turning their focus on safe environment-friendly ‘green’ ways.
The ‘greens’ will now have their hands full with the protection of the environment along with the country that they took an oath to safeguard.
Yes, this also translates to green jobs and green jobs training and maybe courses such as LEED AP certification and energy audit certification for marines interested to ‘go green’ in everyway.
According to an article titled “Camp Pendleton Recognized for Green Facility” written by Cpl. Shannon McMilan for the publication Scout, the military is gaining notoriety for going green.
McMilan wrote that the Industrial Environment Association recognized the Camp for its South Mesa Temporary Lodging Facility during the second annual Statewide Environment Summit at the Catamaran Resort Hotel in San Diego.
“Camp Pendleton received special acknowledgment for their sustainable green TLF, which has been designed to let in natural light, has an automated electrical system to turn lights on and off automatically, has employees that are mandated to recycle and the building itself is made of recyclable material,” wrote McMilan.
In her article McMilan quotes George Rogers, CEO of Design and Build, who says that Camp Pendleton is committed to being a great steward to the environment.
“The base is minimizing its effect on the environment, while accomplishing the mission of providing lodging for Marines, sailors and families,” said Rogers who lead the development of the green project.
So hazardous waste will be properly and safely disposed off and oils and lubricants will be recycled.
The facility opened in June 2009 and received certification by the California Green lodging Program and the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard, two green-certified programs.
The lodge has also developed a Green Building Action Plan, which not only includes an employee green operations training program but provides lodging occupants with green-facility brochures.
According to Patty Krebs, executive director of the Industrial Environmental Association – “it’s outstanding that Camp Pendleton is trying to teach Marines, sailors and families how to be green by educating all occupants who stay at the lodging.”
When we talk about green education then who better than Cleanedison and their myriad variety of courses from LEED certification, BPI certification, solar energy training, Energy auditor certification and many more to intrigue you, inform you and qualify you to be become a truly ‘green’ professional.
LEED Green associate is especially for individuals desiring knowledge of environment-friendly designs and construction for schools, homes etc.
“Across the board, Camp Pendleton has a high-level of awareness. They don’t react to compliance. They go above and beyond,” she added.
Camp Pendleton officials and project leaders are proud of their accomplishment and honored to be recognized for their fresh ‘green’ efforts.
“It’s a wonderful thing to be recognized,” Frank Winter, pollution prevention coordinator at Camp Pendleton told McMilan.
“We did something good for the environment. We built a great building, a green building, and we are proud of it. The Marine Corps is saving money and keeping the environment safe. A lot of thought was put into it for Marines, occupants and the environment.”
Kudos to the Marines for joining the ever-expanding green force, capitalizing on renewable energy, acting on sustainable energy-recycling steps, making more ‘green jobs’ and hence making the World a little more green.