For over 246 years, the Marine Corps has stood united in its collective service to protect our nation. As our climate changes, severe weather and other natural disasters pose increasing strain to our environment, lands and resources. This year, Earth Day serves as an important reminder to reflect on our mission, our environment and the need to preserve our resources so we can succeed in our mission for decades to come.
In recognition of this year’s Earth Day theme, “Invest in our Planet,” the Marine Corps is highlighting ways that it is investing in our planet’s future by increasing installation energy and infrastructure resilience. New technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote energy efficiency and bolster resilience will pay dividends not only to the environment, but also to future generations of Marines and their communities.
For example, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California is utilizing a state-of-the-art microgrid to harness on-site resources. Incorporating a combination of conventional and renewable energy sources, including photovoltaic and solar thermal energy and landfill gas, the system allows operations at mission-critical facilities to continue in the event of an emergency or a blackout.
Similarly, in South Carolina, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island awarded a $91.1 million energy savings performance contract to Ameresco to optimize efficiency and reduce reliance on the commercial energy grid through generation from a combined heat and power plant and solar photovoltaic array, an advanced battery energy storage system and a microgrid control system.