The military is writing new policies to protect building from sea level rise.
The Defense Department’s new policy on climate change forces component heads to consider climate change in almost every decision.
The Army Corps of Engineers’ strategy for building more resilient civil works infrastructure involves planning for more unpredictable weather events, and treating watersheds as integrated systems instead of a collection of standalone projects.
By the end of next year, the Army will install advanced electric meters at most of its large buildings, giving the service much more detailed data on how it uses energy than it’s ever seen before.
Army Corps of Engineers faces billions of dollars in backlogged projects. With little hope of additional funding from Congress, officials are looking for alternative ways to finance the public infrastructure they’re charged with maintaining.
Over the past 12 years, the Army Corps of Engineers has had a full plate — building new facilities for the last round of base realignments, dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and a lot of overseas construction in Iraq and Afghanistan. But as wars and military budgets draw down, it’s time for the agency to reshape itself, says Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, the Corps’ commanding general. He spoke with Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. Hear Jared’s full hour-long interview with Bostick, Weds. March 26 at 3p.m. Listen here.
The Army Corps of Engineering is already having difficulty recruiting candidates for certain fields, and is convinced the problem will worsen unless STEM graduation rates increase.
Army says 130 companies have expressed interest in building renewable facilities on military installations so far. Winners will be picked by the end of the year.