Army monitors its carbon bootprint

The Army has expanded its deployment of the Enviance greenhouse gas reporting and management system to 11 bases, enabling the service to document its carbon footprint, or “bootprint,” Enviance representatives said. The software is designed to help organizations track and manage their greenhouse gas emissions and energy intensity reductions as mandated by Executive Order 13423.

First deployed at Fort Carson, Colo., Enviance is being rolled out to Fort Benning, Ga., Letterkenny Army Depot, Pa.; Redstone Arsenal, Ala.; Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa; Fort Rucker, Ala.; Fort Campbell, Ky.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Stewart, Ga.; Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md.; and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Enviance uses a software-as-a-service model, requiring a subscription and a PC with Internet access, the company said. The Army first used Enviance to develop a carbon bootprint at Fort Carson, which let the Army monitor and report greenhouse gas emissions within the installation.

“The Army is focused on quantifying its total carbon bootprint in order to assess its impact on the environment, while identifying ways to reduce energy consumption from fossil fuels across all Army operations,” said Tad Davis, the Army’s deputy assistant secretary for environment, safety and occupational health. “By reducing requirements for re-supply, we are able to reduce the number of convoys, a primary target for ambushes taking place in Iraq and Afghanistan, for example.”

The Enviance System was developed by environmental, health and safety compliance analysts and researchers to consolidate and manage complex information that’s often trapped in silos throughout the supply chain.

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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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