Yesterday, N-EWN member Scott Pippin celebrated Earth Day at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where he represented the Defense Community Program, which is a joint effort between the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, and UGA Marine Extension and Georgia SeaGrant. The program focuses on bolstering the resilience of defense bases and their associated communities.
Ft. Benning’s Earth Day event marked the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act and the 20th anniversary of the Army Compatible Use Buffer program, and it was attended by Mr. Paul Farnan, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army; Ms. Amy L. Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Environment, Safety & Occupational Health); COL Colin Mahle, Ft. Benning Garrison Commander; Ms. Kristin Thomasgard, Office of the Secretary of Defense Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program Manager; Mr. Paul Schaefer, Army Materiel Command Deputy G-4; Ft. Benning Department of Public Works; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; ACUB partners; and Ft. Benning community members.
This year’s theme was “Invest in our Planet,” which speaks to the Army’s efforts to protect species, while displaying the installation’s environmental stewardship.