Georgia Army National Guard
Volume 3, Issue 4
The Georgia Department of Defense Environmental Stewardship Branch
exists to support Commanders and their Mission by reducing environmental
liabilities and promoting the US Army Environmental Stewardship Program.
Commanders maintaining readiness while acquiring the knowledge and
resources to make informed decisions that protect and conserve today’s
resources for tomorrow’s National Guard Soldiers and Citizens of Georgia.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP BRANCH STAFF
Environmental Programs Director
Thompson Compliance Program Manager
Drummond Restoration and Clean-up Manager
eMS Program Manager
Pest Management Program Manager
Energy and Sustainability Program Manager (678) 569-6726
Environmental Assessor - Cumming
Environmental Assessor - Ft. Stewart
Environmental Assessor - CNGC
Environmental Assessor - Macon
Environmental Assessor - Tifton
Environmental Assessor - Atlanta
NEPA Program Manager
~Clay National Guard Center- 1000 Halsey Avenue, Building 70, Marietta, GA 30060~
CFMO-ENV Recent Activities and Accomplishments
Leaping into 2014
During the last year, the CFMO-ENV group has been busy. Some of the major events and
accomplishments for the year are:
Energy Program: Looking forward to Energy reduction initiatives and programs. See page 3
Environmental Training: Check out the up-coming EO/UECO training classes. See page 5.
Compliance Program: Internal assessments scheduled for the next 6 months. See page 6.
Cleanup & Restoration: Demolition of Oil/Water Separators. See page 7.
Natural & Culture: Hunt & Fish for FREE!! See pages 8 & 9.
Recycling Highlights: Hope for new waste streams for recyclables and some facts to consider.
See pages 10 & 11.
EQCC: Thanks for your participation. See page 12.
“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”
(Little Gidding) - T.S. Eliot
Energy Reduction Initiatives and Programs
The Georgia Army National Guard (GAARNG), Construction and Facilities Management
Office, Environmental Programs is looking forward to an aggressive year in terms of energy
reduction initiatives and programs. Major efforts this fiscal year will be in the following
LED lighting upgrades for aircraft Hangar 300 at Clay
National Guard Center (CNGC). The life-cycle cost
analysis has been completed for this project and is
awaiting acceptance from NGB-ILI.
Completion of our Enterprise Energy Data Reporting
System (EEDRS) metering program for advanced
energy meters (AEMs) at CNGC. The set-up of the
energy reporting data software and commissioning
of NGB-installed meters at CNGC is complete.
Training for CFMO personnel has taken place and
GAARNG continues to fine-tune their understanding
of the tracking device. The energy reporting tool,
through a computer access portal, ‘communicates’
with the advanced meters at CNGC for graphical
interface and real-time management of various
The completion of the EEDRS system by tying in the
additional advanced meters at Clay. At that time,
real-time tracking of energy data will be possible for
most buildings on base.
The GAARNG Energy Management Team is currently
discussing other energy projects for Clay National
Guard Center that will be the most effective energy
efficiency efforts. Solar LED lighting is being
Lower Your Water
Water heating can
account for 14% to 25% of
consumed in your home.
Two tips to cut your water
1. Turn down the
temperature of your water
heater to the warm
2. Insulate your water
heater tank with an
Energy Program, Cont’d
considered for all roadway/street/parking and security lighting around Clay. Return on
investment analysis and contracting options will be determined for this initiative.
Other potential projects would be water and/or natural gas leak detection surveys. It is
a goal of GAARNG to aggressively focus on water consumption containment within this
fiscal year and beyond.
The energy team will also be completing the energy management projects for the
statewide facilities that were generated in FY13 by a series of building audits. Scopes of
work are currently being developed for those projects.
The overall goal of this program is to use less energy and save resources, while preserving the
mission readiness of the GAARNG by providing preeminent facilities for our soldiers.
The primary drivers regarding energy and water
conservation for the GAARNG are the Energy Policy
Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005); Executive Order (EO)
13423, Strengthening Federal Environmental,
Energy, and Transportation Management; the
Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
(EISA 2007); and the recently released EO 13514,
Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and
These drivers set mandatory goals for energy and
water reduction, renewable energy utilization, and
sustainability. Under the EISA 2007 requirement, federal agencies must reduce energy
consumption in buildings 3% annually, or 30% overall by 2015, relative to a 2003 baseline;
and reduce potable water consumption 2% annually through FY 2012, or 26% by the end of
FY 2020, relative to a FY 2007 baseline. Under the EPACT 2005 requirement, agencies must
increase levels of renewable energy to 5% in 2010-2012 and 7.5% thereafter.
For more information on the GAARNG’s Energy Management Program, please contact Kathy
Norton at 678.569.6726 or email@example.com.
Upcoming Environmental Training
Environmental Officer (EO)/Unit Environmental Officer (UECO) Training
In accordance with AR 200-1, CFMO-ENV will provide one 8 hour block of initial training and
one 4 hour block of annual refresher training for personnel assigned EO/UECO responsibilities. The 8 hour initial training is for personnel that have not received any EO/UECO training
and the 4 hour refresher training is for personnel that have received initial training and require annual refresher training.
EO/UECO training is offered once per calendar quarter by CFMO-ENV and specifically pertains
to GAARNG environmental programs, not host installations. GAARNG units on host installations must attend the host installations training and comply 100% with host installation environmental program requirements. GAARNG EO/UECO training rotates between locations at
GGTC, DLC Macon, and Clay NGC. All GAARNG units/facilities are required to have a primary
and alternate EO/UECO assigned and properly trained by the cognizant training authority to
manage environmental issues/concerns at the unit/facility.
A training was held at CNGC on 14-15 JAN 14 and will be held again later this year. Remaining
EO/UCO training courses for CY-14 are as follows:
15-16APR14, GGTC (Classroom Bldg TBD), Ft. Stewart, GA
15-16JUL14, DLC (Computer Lab), Macon, GA
14-15OCT14, Bldg 2 (Classroom TBD), Clay NGC, Marietta, GA
CY-14 courses will be announced quarterly via FRAGO, normally one month prior to each
Environmental Facts– Did you know?
Keep lids on hazardous materials closed when not in use.
Keeping containers closed has two benefits:
1) Improving air quality by preventing any evaporation.
2) Lessen likelihood of spills.
FY-14 Internal Environmental Performance Assessment (EPAS)
As required by
ARNG EPAS Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)
CFMO-ENV will conduct environmental assessments of
selected GAARNG facilities in FY-14 as scheduled below:
Cumming Readiness Center
Glennville Readiness Center
Brunswick Readiness Center
Dalton Readiness Center
Swainsboro Readiness Center
LaGrange Readiness Center
Rome Readiness Center
Hinesville Readiness Center
Americus Readiness Center
Decatur Readiness Center
Cedartown Readiness Center
Forsyth Readiness Center
Springfield Readiness Center
Ft. Gordon Readiness Center
Kennesaw Readiness Center
Hartwell Readiness Center
Columbus Readiness Center
Findings of non-compliance will be prepared in the Web Compliance Assessment and Sustainment System
(WEBCASS) hosted on GKO and reviewed by the GAARNG Environmental Quality Control Committee (EQCC)
for recommended corrective actions with the affected facility. Internal EPAS assessments are required IAW
AR-200-1, Chapter 16 and are conducted annually by CFMO-ENV staff when there is no external EPAS
assessment conducted by ARNG.
Additional information regarding the assessments and specific areas of interest can be obtained by
contacting the CFMO Environmental Assessor assigned to assist each facility.
CFMO-ENV POC is Mr. Charles “Butch” Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone (912)
Cleanup & Restoration
Oil/Water Separator Demolitions
Over the past year, much effort has been placed in the demolition and removal of sixteen oil/water separator
units throughout the state. More are expected to be removed this year.
As these devices and the associated plumbing have been removed, some issues have become evident:
1 - The technical drawings on file, most dating back over twenty years ago, aren’t representative of
actual construction, be it concrete, plumbing, or fill underneath the wash pads. As these sixteen
were removed, some of the surprises were:
Gravestones (no names or associated graves), apparently donated as blemished or seconds
from local companies, used as fill underneath the wash pad and surrounding area.
Four feet of sand used as fill underneath a wash pad.
A wash pad, used for no other purpose, with eight inches of concrete outlined in the
construction plans, built with four feet of concrete with two layers of 5/8” rebar.
An additional eighteen inch thick concrete pad of unknown purpose and origin underneath
and pre-existing the wash pad removed in 2013.
At one location, the contractor accidently removed the septic lift station instead of the oil/
water separator surge vault due to old vague drawings.
2 - Try to avoid demolition during heavy rain seasons.
3 - There are some areas that will need some degree of cleanup consisting of soil removal and backfill
with clean fill dirt.
4 - If new generation oil/water separator units are installed in the future, the installation, use, and
maintenance of the units will need to be more closely monitored by the Unit Environmental Compliance Officers and the Regional Environmental Assessors.
NGGA CFMO-E would like to thank the units for the exceptional cooperation and assistance demonstrated
during the process of this statewide project. The success of which we report to the leadership would have
been impossible without that assistance.
CFMO-ENV POC is Randy Drummond at email@example.com, phone (678) 569-6750.
Natural & Cultural Resources
Georgia Natural Resources Foundation Offering
Chance to Hunt, Fish for Free for Life
ATLANTA, GA (1/6/2014)
“Georgia Natural Resources Foundation Offering Chance to Hunt, Fish for Free for
- Georgia Department of Natural Resources 07 JAN 2014, Web
It’s another sporting opportunity of a lifetime!
Georgians have the chance to win the right to hunt and fish for free for
life statewide. The next edition of the Lifetime License Contest
sponsored by the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation begins Jan. 6,
Visitors to the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/
WildlifeResourcesDivisionGADNR ) can enter through Jan. 22, 2014 in a drawing for an adult lifetime
sportsman license (ages 16 and older) or a youth lifetime license (younger than 16).
“The first contest was a huge success, and we’re hoping for similar success in the second edition of this
contest,” said Natural Resources Foundation chairman Glen Wilkins. “More than 4,000 participants entered
the first contest, and we are hoping to see even more participation this time. We’re very excited to continue
collaborating on these types of projects with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in our efforts to
continue fostering and expanding Georgia’s great hunting and fishing traditions.”
The contest starts Jan. 6. Participants can fill out an entry form on the Wildlife Resources Facebook page.
Only those who have been Georgia residents for at least 12 months immediately prior to Jan. 31, 2014 are
eligible. The drawing will be held at the division’s annual Weekend for Wildlife event Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2014.
Winners will be announced the following week.
Adult sportsman licenses are for ages 16-64; the youth/infant licenses are for 15 and younger. Lifetime
licenses (www.georgiawildlife.com/LifetimeLicense) include hunting, big game, wildlife management area,
alligator, Georgia waterfowl conservation, salt and freshwater fishing and mountain trout licenses. Georgia
residents 65 and older are already eligible for free lifetime sportsman licenses.
Contest details are at www.facebook.com/WildlifeResourcesDivisionGADNR .Wildlife Resources is a division within Georgia DNR.
The mission of the Natural Resources Foundation is to support DNR efforts to sustain, enhance, protect and
conserve the state’s natural, historic and cultural resources. The foundation’s focus includes recognizing the
importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that use sound environmental
practices. Learn more at https://georgianrf.org .
Natural & Cultural Resources, Cont’d
Sportsman’s Licenses: Bargain That Benefits Wildlife
Even Georgians who buy a lifetime sportsman license are getting a deal, one that benefits wildlife and all who enjoy the
Prices are set by age group:
The best bargain is for children: $200 for younger
than 2 and $350 for ages 2-15. That’s a potential
savings of more than $2,600 over a lifetime.
The price for ages 16-59 is $500. Military veterans
can purchase a lifetime license for $400.
Discount lifetime licenses for resident adults age
60-64 are $95.
Residents 65 and older can receive a free lifetime license, with an option to pay a one-time fee of $10 for a durable,
commemorative plastic card. There’s even a provision for non-resident grandchildren of Georgians who hold a paid
Georgia lifetime license!
Applications and more details are at www.georgiawildlife.com/LifetimeLicense , or call 1-800-366-2661. A lifetime
license not only provides access to the great outdoors, proceeds support Georgia wildlife and state-managed lands.
DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division uses hunting and fishing license sales to fulfill its wildlife mission. Yet sales of lifetime
sportsman and other licenses are also a key measure through which states receive federal Wildlife and Sport Fish
The federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program channels dedicated excise taxes on sporting equipment to
states for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife, their habitats and the hunting, fishing and other
recreational opportunities they provide. Funding since the program began in 1937 has topped $14 billion nationwide.
The Wildlife Resources Division uses its share of federal funds for efforts such as providing public fishing areas and
managing the state’s 1 million-strong deer herd.
It’s also worth noting that Georgia receives federal funds only for paid licenses. Avid hunters and anglers who buy a
discount lifetime license ($95) at age 60, rather than waiting for a free lifetime license at age 65, ensure that their
excise taxes are returned to Georgia for the rest of their life.
“Landscapes of great wonder and beauty lie under our feet and all around us. They are discovered in tunnels in the ground, the
heart of flowers, the hollows of trees, fresh-water ponds, seaweed jungles between tides, and even drops of water. Life in these
hidden worlds is more startling in reality than anything we can imagine. How could this earth of ours, which is only a speck in
the heavens, have so much variety of life, so many curious and exciting creatures?”
― Walt Disney Company
Recycling Program Initiative
Looking forward to 2014 with Recycling
Our collection of recyclables for November was outstanding! That was our highest month for the year 2013.
Unfortunately our contract vendor for recycling pick up did not renew their contract for 2014. All containers
have been picked up and are not available so please dispose of all recyclables in the waste cans until we can
retain a new contract.
We are currently looking into a contract vendor who will be able to pick up other waste streams other than
just paper and cardboard. We are hopeful that by the end of this month we will be able to give you good
news! Also, the current recycling efforts are only at Clay — we are looking at expanding throughout the state
in the near future. Stay tuned for changes.
Other waste streams we are looking into:
Plastics (bottles, bags and shrink-wrap)
CFMO-ENV POC is Frances Grieme at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (678) 569-6749.
Recycling Program Initiative , Cont’d
Recycling Facts To Take Into Account...
The average person generates over 4 pounds of trash
every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year.
In 2009, Americans produced enough trash to circle the
Earth 24 times.
Over 75% of waste is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it.
We generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year. If we composted that
food, it would reduce the same amount of greenhouse gas as taking 2 million
cars off the road.
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to listen to a full album on
your iPod. Recycling 100 cans could light your bedroom for two whole weeks.
Recycling aluminum cans saves 95% of the energy used to make alum cans
from new material.
Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic bottles every hour.
Over 87% of Americans have access to curbside or drop-off paper recycling programs.
In 2009, Americans threw away almost 9 million tons of glass. That could fill
enough tractor trailers to stretch from NYC to LA (and back!).
2010, paper recycling had increased over 89% since 1990.
If every American recycled just one-tenth of their newspapers, we could save
about 25 million trees each year.
Sources: GreenWaste, Keep America Beautiful, EPA
Environmental Quality Control Committee (EQCC)
EQCC On Board!
The Environmental Quality Control Committee (EQCC) has been meeting on a quarterly basis
to provide insight and direction on a variety of environmental topics. The meetings serve as a
forum for venting environmental protocol issues and for getting feedback on the development
and tracking of the GaARNG’s significant aspect -reduction in energy consumption at Clay NGC
- as identified in the GaARNG environmental Management System (GeMS).
The EQCC members were also active participants during the 2013 Environmental Performance
Assessment System (EPAS) audit and had unit personnel provide assistance to the CFMO-ENV
division. After the completion of the EPAS, the EQCC members were briefed on the initial findings and quickly took steps to help tackle some of the issues. The final presentation on the
EPAS findings will be given to the EQCC by NGB-ILE during the 2014 second quarter meeting.
The meetings also serve to brief committee members on environmental issues happening
throughout the state and to provide educational opportunities on different environmental
topics. The members are an excellent resource to CFMO-ENV since the EQCC members are
quick in providing solutions and don’t hesitate in supporting the environmental component of
their respective units’ day-to-day activities. Their proactive approach prevents issues from expanding in scope and cost. The CFMO-ENV team is very thankful for their continuous support!
For a listing of current EQCC members, or for additional information, please contact our
CFMO-ENV POC Ms. Dania Aponte at email@example.com or phone (678) 569-6707.
Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior
— John D. Rockefeller