Georgia Army National Guard Environmental Stewardship Branch Newsletter Volume 1, Issue 5 Our Mission 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.
Our Vision 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 HOLIDAYS FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL TEAM! ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP BRANCH STAFF Dania
Environmental Programs Director
(678) 569-6707 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainability Program Manager, South
(912) 767-1823 email@example.com
NEPA Program Manager
(678) 569-6755 firstname.lastname@example.org
Restoration and Clean-up Manager, Sustainability Program Manager, North
(678) 569-6750 email@example.com
eMS Program Manager
(678) 569-6749 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pest Management Program Manager
(678) 569-6751 email@example.com
Environmental Technical Support Specialist
(678) 569-6752 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cultural Resources Assistant
(678) 569-6726 email@example.com
Environmental Assessor –Cumming
(678) 569-3841 firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental Assessor –Ft. Stewart
(912) 767-9133 email@example.com
Environmental Assessor– CNGC, Atlanta
(678) 569-3840 firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental Assessor– Macon
Environmental Assessor– Tifton
(678) 569-8458 email@example.com
~Clay National Guard Center- 1000 Halsey Avenue, Building 70, Marietta, GA 30060~
Environmental Stewardship Branch Environmental stewardship is the sustaining of environmental quality shared by all those whose actions affect the environment.
Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land. ~Aldo Leopold
In 2005, the USEPA laid out a vision for environmental stewardship recognizing it as a means to a more sustainable future. The Environmental Stewardship Branch strives to assess the impacts of GAARNG activities comprehensively and proactively.
Georgia Environmental Management System (GeMS) GeMS has an official logo! We are excited about the progression of this program. We are steadily making progress towards full conformance with ISO 14001 by December 2012. Environmental Management System implementation training will be provided to senior leadership and members of the Environmental Quality Control Committee (EQCC) January 2012. This training will provide the basic knowledge relative to ensuring an environmental management system‟s success and complete a critical step in implementation. The eMS Coordinator is also developing a computer based training module for GAARNG personnel (civilian/ military). We hope to have this training available by March 2012. The list of significant eMS Targets and Objectives have been reduced to a manageable few that will allow for proper tracking and improvement. The areas of focus are: 1) program management 2) waste 3) energy. If you „like‟ the Georgia National Guard facebook page you will see periodic post related to GeMS and helpful tips on environmental sustainability. If you have any questions regarding the GeMS, please contact Rolandria Boyce at (678) 569– 6749 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moving from 2011 to 2012 During the last year, the CFMO-ENV group has been quite busy. Some of the major events and accomplishments for the year are: DEC 2011 Native American Consultation – This successful event has led to some very positive outcomes: one signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU); one Tribe withdrawal from future consultations; various Tribes working on signing the MOUs; Ms. Kathy Norton attending three consultations as a guest and a fourth one as part of the consultation; a sense of comradeship between the GA Guard and the 14 Tribes with interest in GA. FEB 2011 – NGB conducted an Environmental Performance Assessment System (EPAS) audit of various GA Guard facilities and interviewed personnel throughout the state in an effort to identify the GA Guard‟s environmental compliance practices. The overall effort would lead to achieving and maintaining environmental program excellence through continual improvement and the use of sound, cost-effective environmental management practices. MAY 2011 – NBG provided funding for completion of the following: EMS Training; WASTE Training; Compliance Training for all personnel at Georgia Tech; various spill plans; Water System Vulnerability Study (Clay NGC); NEPA documentation for three projects; and other division needs. NEPA Documents: Over the course of the year, the NEPA documentation for three MILCON projects were submitted to NGB for approval/concurrence. Environmental Conditions of Property (ECOP): This was an outstanding year for completion of ECOPs – with over 10 documents completed in-house by our program manager, Randy Drummond. He has also been key in working with NGB and others for the on-going cleanup effort at the Bulk Fuel Farm at CNGC. Compliance Program: This year we brought 3 new assessors on board and reorganized the group to a statewide regional approach. Currently, there are assessors located at Clay, Macon, Tifton and Ft. Stewart. The program manager, Mr. Butch Thompson, has also successfully continued training for all Guard personnel through the Environmental Officer classes (EO/UECO training). He has also worked with all facilities to ensure that all EOs are properly trained and that we all strive for successful environmental practices. GA Environmental Management System (GeMS): Our GeMS program was successfully launched and is moving forward towards conformance in 2012. The program manager, Rolandria Boyce, has made significant strides by completing the eMS Manual, identifying goals for the program and moving forward with the programs trademark name: GeMS. The next steps will be training for all personnel, including senior leadership. There are many other projects the team has worked on and which will be profiled over the upcoming year. Stay tuned for updates and the success of the CFMO-ENV program over the following year.
The first steps toward stewardship are awareness, appreciation, and the selfish desire to have the things around for our kids to see. Presumably the unselfish motives will follow as we wise up. ~Barbara Kingsolver, Small Wonder, 2002
Cultural Resources and Tribal Consultation
The Georgia Army National Guard (GAARNG), Construction and Facilities Management Office, Environmental Programs attended the recent Fort Benning Native American Consultation (NAC) at Fort Benning/ Columbus, Georgia, November 16-17. In the spirit of continued relationship building and communication, the GAARNG‟s Cultural Resource Manager (CRM) attended the consultation as an invited guest. The consultation was held in concert with Native American Heritage Month which takes place each November. Tribal representatives from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Thlopthlocco Tribal Town, the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, and Kialegee Tribal Town were in attendance. The GAARNG attended the second day of consultation and took part in both a firing simulator field exercise as well as attending an afternoon tour of a sensitive archaeological site on base. The day was highlighted by a luncheon honoring Native American Heritage Month and the tribal nations that contribute to the cultural heritage of the southeast. Bryant Celestine, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas gave a cultural awareness slide presentation and tribal members provided entertainment and camaraderie with traditional tribal music, dance, and story-telling. For a detailed look at the GAARNG‟s recent efforts and accomplishments in the area of Native American Consultation, refer to the article entitled „Support of Native American Heritage Spans Beyond November for Georgia Guard‟ in the latest issue of the Georgia Guardsman.
The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas performs one of their many tribal dances for the troops, personnel, and invited guests at Ft. Benning‟s recent luncheon in celebration of Native American History month.
Environmental Compliance Environmental Officer (EO)/Unit Environmental Officer (UECO) Training CY- 2012 In accordance with AR 200-1(Environmental Protection and Enhancement), CFMO-ENV will provide one 8 hour block of training instruction for personnel assigned Environmental Officer (EO)/Unit Environmental Compliance Officer (UECO) responsibilities. Training will be conducted on the following dates during CY2012: 25JAN12 – GGTC, Ft. Stewart, Bldg TBD 18APR12 – DLC Macon 18JUL12 – Clay NGC, Bldg 2, Room TBD 17OCT12 – GGTC, Ft. Stewart, BLDG TBD Soldiers should register to attend the course nearest their home station to alleviate issues with obtaining travel orders and funding. Training will be conducted from 0800-1700 on the specified dates. Class size is limited to 20 personnel, to register for the 25JAN12 course send an email to Mr. Charles "Butch" Thompson at email@example.com no later than 20JAN12. Ensure email contains rank, full name, and unit/facility assigned to as EO/UECO. EO/UECO training is offered once per calendar quarter by CFMO-ENV and rotates between locations at GGTC, Macon, and Clay NGC. In accordance with AR 200-1 and FM 3-34.5 (Environmental Considerations) all units/facilities are required to have personnel assigned as EO/UECO to manage environmental issues/concerns at the unit/facility. POC is Mr. Charles “Butch” Thompson via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (912) 767-1823. Environmental Performance Assessment System (EPAS) Assessments for FY-2012 CFMO-ENV staff will commence conducting internal Environmental Performance Assessment System (EPAS) assessments at selected GAARNG facilities on 11JAN12. The purpose of the assessment is to evaluate a facility's overall environmental compliance with DOD, local, State and Federal regulations. Assessment teams will consist of CFMO-ENV staff (typically responsible CFMO-ENV assessor and CFMOENV supervisor) and they will require complete access to the entire facility (everything must be unlocked and accessible, except weapon vaults if sensitive items are present), in order to complete the assessment as scheduled. Knowledgeable facility personnel need to be available to answer questions the assessment team will ask regarding facility operations that affect environmental subject areas of interest. Assessments will typically be conducted between the hours of 9:00 am until 4:00 pm on the date scheduled and will be coordinated between the CFMO-ENV assessor responsible for the facility and the Environmental Officer (EO)/Unit Environmental Compliance Officer (UECO) at the facility. The National Guard Bureau (NGB) EPAS assessment format will be utilized to conduct the assessments, which consists of utilizing the Team Inspection Guides from RegScan, WEBCASS tools, and other various environmental inspection protocols required to complete the assessment.
Environmental Compliance (continued) All GaARNG facilities that are tenants on host installations will be assessed utilizing the host installations environmental program rules/regulations, plans, and policies/directives. GaARNG standalone facilities will be assessed utilizing GaARNG environmental program rules/regulations, plans, and policies/directives. CFMO-ENV assessors will contact each facility to be assessed and provide additional information regarding the specifics of the assessment to each EO/ UECO. Schedule of facilities to be assessed for FY-12 is as follows:
* All information regarding UECO training for CY 2012 and EPAS Assessments for FY 2012 is also being disseminated through FRAGOs and through the EQCC. Direct questions regarding the EPAS process or the facility assessment schedule to Mr. Charles â€œButchâ€? Thompson via email at email@example.com or telephone (912) 767-1823.
Clean up Restoration Much effort is currently being placed in the area of conducting Site Assessments and updates to previously completed Environmental Baseline Studies for the GaARNG Readiness Centers located across the state. Having been a traditional Georgia Guard Officer from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, our Cleanup and Compliance Program Manager has an understanding of practices of handling and disposal of hazardous materials and wastes, particularly those associated with vehicle maintenance and the weapons cleaning process. This knowledge has provided accurate histories of use in the development of the Environmental Condition of Property (ECOP) Reports required for assessment of these sites. Over the last twenty years, the CFMO Environmental Office has made great strides in training the field soldiers on the basics of environmental stewardship. In an effort to provide accurate historical descriptions of past activities associated with GAARNG facilities, we would like to enlist the assistance of Georgia Guardsmen in identifying any areas of concern that may need to undergo further investigation. Please contact the CFMO Environmental Office if you have questions or are aware of any contamination present at any of our facilities. Thank you for your diligence and commitment to providing the best possible facilities and grounds for our soldiers.
Environmental Factsâ€“ 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.