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The progress that 17 U.S. Army installations have made in becoming more energy efficient and environmentally conscious has led the Army to begin expanding its Net Zero program to all 156 of its installations by the end of the year.
Fort Detrick in Maryland, for example, has put in solar panels in its parking lots to help power nearby facilities such as a gym. It also recycles more than 46% of its waste and burns 90% of the remaining waste to produce steam to heat facilities. It worked with contractor Constellation Energy to install new heating and cooling systems, as well. The Army’s goal is to have all installations reach net zero by 2020. Producing as much energy as an installation needs helps prevent a shutdown in case of a natural disaster or an attack, according to an Army spokesperson.
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