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Sustainability Assessment of a Military Installation: A Template for Developing a Mission Sustainability Framework, Goals, Metrics and Reporting System

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The sustainable management of U.S. military bases is a matter of increasing priority. Effective management of all the relevant aspects of long-term stability, reliability, and resilience of operations requires a comprehensive framework as well as appropriate management metrics and reporting systems to highlight emerging issues and systemic problems. The primacy of the mission to the U.S. military, together with the complexity of base operations and their relationships with the surrounding environment and community, means that simple adaptation of existing sustainability metrics and management frameworks would not produce an adequate set of tools. A tailored approach is required. To fill this gap, the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program SERDP engaged AtKisson, Inc., working in collaboration with contractors and military personnel, to develop a suitable Mission Sustainability Framework MSF and set of sustainability metrics that could be adapted to virtually any military installation across the United States. Naval Base Ventura County NBVC in southern California was selected as the prototype and reference location for the research and development RD process. Highly representative of U.S. military bases in general, NBVC consists of 73 commands, in two separate locations Pt. Mugu and Port Hueneme housed in 1,500 buildings. NBVC exists to fulfill three main functions training, mobilization, and testing. NBVC operates an airfield as well as a seaport. It has base housing and deploying units. It also serves many commands not directly associated with these three functions. This diversity of functions ensured that the MSF and metrics would be robust across different types of military bases. This report consolidates and presents the key results of this project, including 1 the MSF for categorizing and presenting metrics, 2 the Issues and Elements of management and measurement interest, 3 Conceptual Examples of sustainability metrics in ea

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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