The Army’s celebration of Earth Day began April 22, 1970. The idea was spearheaded by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin. The campaign for Earth Day began as a grassroots effort to teach environmental stewardship, create awareness of the environment’s fragility and ultimately thrust that awareness into the mainstream of American society. The campaign caught on quickly and evolved into Earth Day, now celebrated each year on April 22. The U.S. Army Environmental Command (in its various forms) is turning 40 this year and has been part of the Army’s Earth Day Celebration since its inception.
The U.S. Army celebrates Earth Day at numerous installations, major commands and organizations in the continental United States and around the world. The Army’s Earth Day theme, “Sustaining the environment for a secure future,” reflects its commitment to meet the current and future needs of Soldiers, their families and the nation through the sound stewardship of environmental resources.
Army events vary from Earth Day fairs with educational exhibits, to tree plantings, to other initiatives that actually sustain installation operations. Additionally, the Army is committed to making energy security and environmental conversation a consideration for all Army activities in an effort to reduce demand, increase efficiency, seek alternative sources, and create a culture of energy accountability and environmental stewardship while sustaining or enhancing operational capabilities.
Visit the U.S. Army Environmental Command’s social media sites to learn more about how the Army is working towards a “Greener Army” and to also check out several great environmental tips.
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