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Developing Headquarters Guidance for Army Installation Sustainability Plans in 2007

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As is the case with businesses and governments at all levels, the Army has recognized the need to manage its installations in a way that sustains them for the future. Based on lessons from industry and communities, many Army installations started to develop installation sustainability plans ISPs. Beginning at the turn of the century, a few installations, like Fort Bragg, started developing and implementing installation sustainability plans because of the operational, financial, and environmental benefits they saw industry and communities experiencing by implementing sustainability approaches. Such plans address long-range mission, community, and environmental issues and priorities and are developed through a strategic planning process. To develop an installation sustainability plan, installation staff members and key stakeholders define the vision and goals for the installation over a 20- to 25-year horizon and identify tasks needed to achieve them. Such plans are often developed in addition or in combination with installation strategic plans. The installations that have developed sustainability plans have provided insight to the rest of the Army about how to develop such plans. The plans have also been useful to installation management and staff. However in 2007, we found that these plans were inconsistent in their focus and scope, and most did not fully address some key sustainability issues, such as quality of life QOL and master planning issues. Nor was there a formal Headquarters, Department of the Army HQDA policy requiring installation sustainability planning, and no HQDA guidance describing specific issues that should be addressed by the plans or guidance on how to develop or implement an ISP.

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  • Administration and Management
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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