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Environmental DirectorateThe Environmental Directorate, located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, is part of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, a 1,900-person primary subordinate unit assigned to Air Force Materiel Command and attached to the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center-Provisional. It is responsible for planning, managing, and programming Air Force restoration, compliance, sustainability, technical support, and operations. This directorate provides environmental technical assistance and advice to Air Force headquarters, installations, and stakeholders. The directorate develops execution strategies for environmental restoration and compliance projects and programs based on best practices garnered from experience and research.
The directorate is supported by environmental subject matter experts and specialists, along with program, regional, and installation managers. Each branch of this environmental directorate is staffed with expert personnel with honed knowledge and skills in subjects including, but not limited to, regulatory, restoration, compliance, sustainability, technical support, and operations. This directorate is organized into the following six divisions: National Environmental Policy Act, environmental restoration, technical support, compliance, operations, and legislative and regulatory engagement.

An official fact sheet for the directorate is located in our library.
tabEnvironmental Restoration Division (CZR) 
Restoration GraphicThe Environmental Restoration Division provides Air Force headquarters, and installations with environmental remediation support. This division provides centralized planning, management, and programming requirements under the Air Force Restoration Program Management Office to facilitate the cleanup of contaminated sites at all active installations, excluding the Air National Guard and Base Realignment and Closure facilities. The division also serves as the central point for collection and analysis of environmental restoration data to support planning and management decisions.
tabCompliance Division (CZC)  
Compliance Division graphicThe Compliance Division provides Air Force headquarters and installations with environmental compliance support. This division delivers the compliance planning, programming, and execution expertise, core knowledge and leadership required to ensure Air Force installations comply with regulatory programs related to air emissions, wastewater discharges, hazardous waste generation, and natural and cultural resource management. The division also serves as the central point for collection and analysis of environmental data in various program areas.
tabTechnical Support Division (CZT) 
Technical Support Division graphicThe Technical Support Division, or CZT, offers technical expertise and consultation services to headquarters, environmental divisions, installations, and stakeholders. The highly skilled subject matter experts and specialists in this division, provide expert environmental technical support for air quality, chemistry, hydrogeology, risk assessment and toxicology, technology transfer, remedial engineering, water quality, hazardous waste and materials, pollution prevention and compliance, ranges and munitions, natural and cultural resources, solid waste management, tanks and petroleum, oils and lubricants, and legal and regulatory criteria. For more information, visit the Technical Support Division page.
tabOperations Division (CZO)  
Operations Division graphicThe Operations Division is organized in alignment with regional and installation support teams, or RSTs and ISTs, and the Air Force Wildland Fire Center. RSTs and ISTs are located in the continental United States, Alaska, the Pacific and Europe. This division provides direct installation support by planning and programming requirements, developing permits and plans, and executing projects. RSTs divide the Continental United States into geocentric regions, United States Air Forces Europe and the Pacific Air Forces and allow for each region to have a technical capability in air, water, waste, natural, cultural, compliance, and restoration. ISTs serve as installation advocates and are the office of primary responsibility for execution, addressing regional issues or leading regional enterprise initiatives. ISTs also develop, acquire, and oversee contracts in their regions. The Air Force Wildland Fire Center works with installations to control and mitigate fire threats to Air Force installations.
tabNational Environmental Policy Act Division (CZN) 
NEPA Center graphicThe National Environmental Policy Act Division, or NEPA, executes centralized tracking and reporting of environmental assessments and environmental impact studies. It supports environmental baseline surveys for real property transactions and provides technical assistance and Environmental Impact Analysis Process, or EIAP, subject matter expertise to Air Force headquarters and installations. This division provides consulting and technical support on planning requirements for EIAP along with providing training on categorical exclusions applicability, in-house environmental assessment, environmental impact study preparation, and EIAP facilitation.

For more information on the NEPA Division, click here.
tabLegislative and Regulatory Engagement Division (CZP) 
The Legislative and Regulatory Engagement Division, or CZP, provides regional environmental coordinators, media experts and Air Force Legal Operations Agency Environmental Law and Litigation Division support for the Air Force and Department of Defense regional environmental coordinator program. As part of their duties, the staff provide review and engagement on state legislative and regulatory actions, assessing mission impacts and coordinated responses, and conduct meetings and outreach activities with DOD components, federal, regional, state and local officials, and other stakeholders. The division includes an eastern regional office at Dobbins Air Force Base, Georgia, which provides oversight for Environmental Protection Agency regions 1 to 6, and a western regional office at Travis Air Force Base, California, which provides oversight for regions 7 to 10.

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