From the Director: It is with great pride and pleasure that SERDP and ESTCP announce the 2014 Projects of the Year. This year’s awards recognize scientific advances and technological solutions to some of DoD’s most significant environmental challenges. These projects will be featured in the slideshow on the home page of the SERDP and ESTCP web site through the middle of February. More


In 2014, SERDP began funding a cohort of projects that are investigating ways to improve the fundamental and applied understanding of ecological processes in the Pacific Islands that have been altered by the introduction of non-native invasive species on lands and near-shore coastal environments managed by the DoD. More

Former Fort Ord Graphic

ESTCP demonstrators are currently in the field collecting data for the latest ESTCP Classification Pilot Program project at the former Fort Ord, in Monterey California. Fort Ord is a closed installation that has an ongoing munitions response program managed by the United States Corps of Engineers Sacramento District on behalf of the Fort Ord Base Realignment and Closure Office. More


SERDP funded a proof-of-concept research project at ARL to identify a viable method to produce an environmentally benign and occupationally safe alternative to copper-beryllium alloys. Army researchers successfully produced a nanostructured copper-tantalum alloy exhibiting properties that meet or exceed those of copper-beryllium alloys. This process would drastically reduce the need for beryllium in the near future for applications that require high strength, wear resistance, and superior electrical and heat conductivity. More


Is your building as energy efficient as it could be? The Department of Defense (DoD) answers that question with “probably not.”  Utility costs for buildings often include costs for energy that is not used efficiently and is typically considered the “price of doing business”.  Energy audits can assess how much a building is using, and recommend energy conservation measures to increase energy efficiencies. More


On October 30, 2014, SERDP and ESTCP will launch a webinar series that highlights cutting-edge and practical information from research and technology demonstrations sponsored by SERDP and ESTCP. The first webinar is focused on recent, important advances in vapor intrusion assessments at contaminated sites and is targeted towards the end users, including practitioners, the regulatory community, and researchers. More


Currently, prescribed fire is the primary tool by which DoD installations mitigate wildfire risk, manage fire-adapted ecosystems and their associated listed and at-risk species, and provide safe and realistic training environments. To help guide future investments to better coordinate fire-science research across agencies, the RC program area has developed a Fire Science Strategy that will provide a framework for advancing solutions to current and future fire-associated natural resource management challenges faced by DoD managers. More


The ESTCP Classification Pilot Program successfully demonstrated munitions response classification technologies at the Central Impact Area of Camp Edwards on the Massachusetts Military Reservation in Cape Cod, MA. The demonstration was conducted in conjunction with the National Guard Bureau’s Impact Area Groundwater Study Program with emphasis on removing potential groundwater contamination sources produced by munition constituents. More


SERDP and ESTCP’s Hard Chrome Alternatives Team successfully eliminated hard chrome plating, a major hexavalent chromium process, from its biggest use in aerospace. High velocity oxygen fuel thermal spray coating is now used throughout the aircraft industry and in military depots where aircraft are repaired. Not only does an HVOF coating eliminate hexavalent chromium, but it also lasts longer, wears less, corrodes less, does not embrittle steel or reduce its fatigue life. More

March 2013-EW Lighting

What is a large, essential, and often unnoticed electricity consumer on DoD facilities? Street and other outdoor lighting. Entire cities have even begun to address this concern with large scale “relighting” projects. The City of Los Angeles is relighting all of their public outdoor spaces with LEDs and expects to save approximately $8.8 million on its electric bill and approximately $3 million in maintenance costs. Similarly, ESTCP along with Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University demonstrated a relighting project that will improve light quality and save on electricity, while sustaining lighting functionality. More

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