News & Announcements
DoD Environment in the News
This New York Times article highlights ESTCP’s demonstration of a waste-to-energy technology, FastOx Pathfinder, that transforms trash into syngas, a combination of hydrogen and carbon monoxide that can be burned to generate electricity or made into ethanol or diesel fuel. The first-of-its-kind demonstration at Fort Hunter Liggett, a training base in Monterey County, California, will provide important cost and performance information to enable further adoption of this technology across the military and nationwide, with benefits including productive use of waste, improved energy security, and reduced costs.
An article published in The Wall Street Journal draws attention to the military’s extensive endangered species management efforts using the desert tortoise, loggerhead shrike, golden-cheeked warbler, Eggert's sunflower, and red-cockaded woodpecker as examples. Military lands provide some of the best habitat for more than 400 threatened and endangered species because of their restricted use.
To combat development pressures and the impacts of encroachment on military training, DoD’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative has helped create buffer zones around 64 military bases. This Los Angeles Times article highlights the benefits that these zones are providing both for training and wildlife at Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Beale Air Force Base, Camp Roberts, Camp San Luis Obispo, and Vandenberg Air Force Base.
New for 2014! SERDP and ESTCP are introducing new tools to help you connect with the Programs and learn about the latest news on Environment and Energy in the Department of Defense. Beginning this week, the SERDP and ESTCP web site features a blog offering regular posts from the Executive Director and five Program Managers. We are also rolling out a social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.
ESTCP released solicitations on February 11, 2014, requesting proposals for demonstration of environmental and installation energy technologies. FY 2015 funds are available through a competitive process to both Federal and private organizations. The due date for all pre-proposals is Tuesday, April 1, 2014. More information about the solicitations is available at www.serdp-estcp.org/Funding-Opportunities/ESTCP-Solicitations.
Seventy-one SERDP and ESTCP FY 2014 new start projects have been selected for funding. A full listing of project numbers, titles, and performers is available here.
The DoD Legacy Resource Management Program has released its Request for Pre-Proposals (RFP) for FY 2015 funding. The program is seeking multi-Service, national, and regional natural and cultural resources projects that benefit or enable mission objectives. All pre-proposals are due March 21, 2014.
Congratulations to the six SERDP and ESTCP 2013 Projects of the Year, recognized for outstanding research and technology developments that will benefit the Department of Defense (DoD). These efforts are helping DoD enhance its mission capabilities, improve its environmental performance, and reduce costs.
Schedule of events, solicitation deadlines, and training opportunities.