Senior Airman Mary O'Dell
92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
4/15/2013 - FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Team
Fairchild has been a leader in energy conservation and environmental
restoration; garnering both the Air Force Reduced Energy Appreciation
Program (REAP) award and the Air Mobility Command Energy Incentive Award
within the past year.
Fairchild also recently received the 2012 Air Force General Thomas D.
White Outstanding Environmental Restoration Award recognizing innovation
and community outreach efforts.
"There are many ways this base contributes to a more "green"
environment," said Kristin Nester, 92nd Civil Engineer squadron
installation management flight chief. "While we have outstanding program
managers working together to lead the charge, it takes the support of
leadership and every member of Team Fairchild for these programs to be
Through the Environmental Restoration Program, Fairchild continues to
investigate and cleanup historical releases of hazardous materials to
the environment in protection of human health and the environment dating
back to when the base was first established.
"Restoration Program contracts and projects are designed to promote
optimization, sustainable design, and accelerated cleanup," said
Danielle Adams, 92nd CE remedial project manager. "Our ultimate goal is
to return any contaminated land back to use for potential new
development as quickly as possible."
Along with base restoration, the 92nd CES and Contracting Squadrons
teamed up to develop a Green Procurement Plan, supporting the purchase
of environmentally preferable products and services.
This year, the Arbor Day tree planting celebration will take place April
26 at 12:30 p.m. and in celebration of Earth Day, 92nd CE Environmental
Element and Balfour Beatty Communities are sponsoring lunch and Earth
Day activities, open to spouses and dependents of all ages on April 22,
from 11:00 a.m. until 1 p.m.
"Every year on Arbor Day, we plant new trees on base in a different
location," said Mr. Steve Selser, 92nd CES natural and cultural
resources manager. "This year we will be planting five blue spruce trees
near the new Wing headquarters building site."
During this celebration, the community Forrester presents a plaque to
the base while students from Michael Anderson Elementary School, along
with the Wing commander, come out to help with the tree planting.
"This will be the 19th year Fairchild has been a Tree City USA, being
one of the oldest in the area," said Selser. "Over the course of about
20 years, a variety of over 2,500 trees have been planted on Fairchild."
Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management, these include:
· Maintaining a tree board or department
· Having a community tree ordinance
· Spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry
· Celebrating Arbor Day
"Being involved in both Arbor Day and Earth Day is an important reminder of the bigger picture we are a part of," said Nester.