Sustainability Efforts at Aberdeen Proving Grounds

Date: April 8, 2010

Last month, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston joined the Maryland Green Registry, a list of organizations that have green initiatives with some quantifiable results maintained by the Maryland Department of the Environment. While we're proud of this accomplishment, we were not the most interesting new registrant for March 2010.

That honor lies with the U.S. Army Garrison, Aberdeen Proving Ground. There is some significant recycling being undertaken by Aberdeen Proving Ground - 67 tons of tires, 32 tons of antifreeze, an eighth of a ton of mercury. It makes the recycling paper bin next to the copier seem quite pedestrian, of course, and we're much better off with these materials being recycled than sent to the landfill.

Most of the profile underlines the federal government's increasing emphasis on sustainability goals up and down the supply chain. Its five LEED Silver-compliant buildings are just a small portion of the what the Army expects to have completed in the near future - indeed, all new Army building construction will comply with the requirements of the LEED Silver level for New Construction. Its energy reduction goals are in line with those mandated by President Obama in Executive Order 13514. That's why those who do business with APG are making sure their products and services will be in line with the Army's sustainability goals.