Twentynine Palms -- The Combat Center Public Works Division recently installed new charging stations for government electric vehicles aboard the Combat Center in accordance with Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade. The charging stations were tested May 3, 2016 as part of the Combat Center’s initiative to further the installation’s conservation and sustainability efforts.
“The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Joseph Bryan, wants to replace 500 Department of the Navy fleet vehicles with electric vehicles,” said Navy Lt. Sam Yu, assistant public works officer, PWD.
The installation of these electric vehicle charging stations will help meet the Department of Defense’s goal to reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent over the next decade. This is only one example of the Combat Center’s efforts toward improving conservation and sustainability.
In addition to the new charging stations, the installation also received the Secretary of the Navy and Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards, and the Society of American Military Engineers 2015 Sustainability Award Towards Net Zero. This award is given for outstanding efforts to reduce energy use, water use and/or waste production in support of goals set by Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance.
“Having the zero-emission vehicles helps us produce less pollution,” Yu said. “This will support the Combat Center and further its conservation efforts.”