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  • 17 installations (from >60 volunteers) were identified as Pilot Installations to reach net zero goals in one or all categories6 installations were identified in each category of Energy, Water, & WasteFort Bliss & Fort Carson were identified as integrated pilots for all three areasOregon National Guard was identified as a state-wide energy pilot
  • ORD and Army IE&E established partnership via a Memorandum of Understanding on November 28, 2011 to promote development and demonstration of new applications and technologies for use on installations striving towards Net Zero water, waste, energy and other mutual goals.
  • MEDCOM – link to both reuse and demand projects. Exploring the attitudes of direct potable reuse.
  • Advance research currently underway or planned under the SSWR portfolio Address research priorities related to treatment efficiency and quality assurance identified in 2012 National Research Council’s Water Reuse Report
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    • 1. Innovative Technology Partnerships DoD and EPA Collaborating to Develop “Next Generation” Solutions Ardra Morgan EPA, Office of Research and Development
    • 2. Army NetZero Initiative Net Zero Installations  A Net Zero ENERGY Installation produces as much energy on site as it uses over the course of a year.  A Net Zero WATER Installation limits the consumption of freshwater resources and returns water back to the same watershed so not to deplete regional groundwater and surface water resources in quantity or quality.  A Net Zero WASTE Installation reduces, reuses, and recovers waste streams, converting them to resource values with zero solid waste to landfill.  A Net Zero INSTALLATION applies an integrated management approach to energy, water, and waste to capture and commercialize the resource value and/or enhance the ecological productivity of land, water, and air.
    • 3. Net Zero Installations
    • 4. Net Zero Water Program A Net Zero WATER Installation limits the consumption of freshwater resources and returns water back to the same watershed so not to deplete regional groundwater and surface water resources in quantity or quality. Overarching Goals:     Reduce freshwater demand through water efficiency & conservation Access/develop alternate water sources to offset freshwater demand Develop water-efficient green infrastructure Implement low-impact development to manage stormwater
    • 5. EPA Mission Protect Human Health and the Environment Regulatory Agenda PROGRAM OFFICES Scientific Foundation OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (e.g., Air, Water, Pesticides/Toxics) Policies, Regulations Congressional Deadlines Implementation, Execution REGIONS National Decisions Taking Action on climate change & improve air quality Primary Interface with States Implementation Protect America’s Waters Clean up Communities & Advance Sustainable Dev Agency Strategic Goals Ensure Safety of Chemicals & Prevent Pollution Enforce Environmental Laws
    • 6. Sustainability Economic Prosperity Water is utilized by industry including agriculture economic value is created for society Some water is recovered and recycled labor is utilized in industry Water and pollution returns to the environment ENVIRONMENT Public Health Water is utilized by society
    • 7. National Water Challenges National Water Challenges are the Military’s Water Challenges EPA/ORD Research Applied to Military Communities as Test Beds Nutrient Reduction Strategies Watershed Protection & Restoration Legacy & Emerging Contaminants Managing Aging/Failing Water Infrastructure Sustainable Solutions for Waterborne Chemical & Microbial Contaminants Next Generation/Sustainable Water Infrastructure Green Infrastructure to Manage Stormwater Runoff Systems Approach to Watershed Protection Next Generation Water Treatment Technologies Climate Impacts Integrated Systems Approach *Climate is a stressor considered across the research program
    • 8. Partnerships to Promote Technology  Army (MOU signed Nov 28, 2011): • to promote development and demonstration of new technologies for use on installations striving towards Net Zero water, waste, energy  DoD (MOU signed Feb 7, 2012): • to advance innovative research and demonstrate cutting-edge technology solutions in support goals for increased resource efficiency, balanced resource use, and greater resource resiliency on military bases
    • 9. Army/EPA Project: Water Reuse Project Objective: Reduce potable water use through a demonstration and assessment of new and emerging, energy efficient, decentralized waste water treatment and reuse technologies and online monitoring systems. Anticipated Results/Impact: EPA: Demonstrate new and emerging decentralized treatment technologies and evaluate their performance including cost effectiveness Army: Reduce the total amount of potable water used on post by recycling wastewater Broader Population: More informed decisions regarding adoption of decentralized treatment technologies and approaches at other installations and municipalities.
    • 10. Army/EPA Project: Demand-Side Outreach and Intervention Project Objective: Explore the effectiveness of education and awareness campaigns on changing behaviors and reducing water consumption for Soldiers, family members, and civilians on Fort Riley through a social marketing campaign, innovation competition, outreach programs, and outcome assessment Anticipated Results/Impact: EPA: Explores the social aspects of water conservation and demonstration/ implementation of innovative water monitoring technologies Army: Reduce the total amount of potable water used on post by targeting specific populations and key behaviors to create and foster long-term change Broader Population: Effective campaign strategies and associated technologies applicable to other military installations and communities across the country
    • 11. Army/EPA Project: Vehicle Decontamination Project Objective: To produce data on inactivation of biological agents in “real world” wash water using portable treatment units. The Ft. Riley wash racks provide a unique opportunity to accomplish this objective since they produce a reliable supply of dirty water that is generated from washing of military vehicles. Anticipated Results/Impact: EPA: Evaluate decontamination tools/methods to determine their strengths and weaknesses Army: Information regarding the containment, control, and disposal of large volumes of wastewater following an event involving toxic industrial chemicals or materials, nuclear, biological or chemical warfare agents Broader Population: Information regarding tested and reliable tools/approaches to determine the extent of a water-related CBRN incident
    • 12. EPA-DoD Net Zero Partnership  Jointly funded a Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) solicitation for decentralized water reuse technologies  Awards anticipated March 2014  Technology certification could occur at Fort Riley and link to water reuse technology project
    • 13. Next Steps  Applying Net Zero Water, Waste, and Energy at the community level  EPA Sponsored NetZero Communities Workshop February 25 & 26, 2014 in Research Triangle Park, NC  Objectives • Share lessons learned • Identify top challenges facing communities in reducing their environmental footprint in waste, water and energy • Identify common themes and cross-cutting issues • Discuss the integration of solid Waste reduction, Water and Energy saving strategies