Air Force wins three DOD environmental awards Published April 21, 2017 By Angelina Casarez AFCEC Public Affairs JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- The Department of Defense has selected an Air Force environmental engineer and two installations for top honors in the 2017 Secretary of Defense environmental awards program. The awards, announced Friday, recognize outstanding achievements to improve DOD’s environmental performance, according to the awards website. The Air Force winners are: Sustainability, Individual: Jeffery Schone, an environmental engineer with the 56th Civil Engineering Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, implemented innovative projects and techniques to recycle demolition debris, reduce costs from ordering excess materials, and improve the installation’s wastewater treatment plant effluent. Sustainability, Non-Industrial, Installation: Eglin AFB, Florida, displayed environmental leadership by recycling or reusing municipal solid waste, pursuing alternative energy sources, enhancing the prescribed burn program, and achieving designation as a clean and resilient installation. Environmental Restoration, Installation: Travis AFB, California, implemented successful restoration projects, created collaborative partnerships to protect human health and the environment, and made significant progress cleaning up groundwater contamination “Their outstanding achievements exemplify the Department’s continued commitment to integrate our nation defense mission with sound environmental management,” said James MacStravic, performing duties as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Each year since 1962, the department has honored individuals, teams and installations for their outstanding achievements in environmental performance. For more information on the DOD Environmental Awards Program, click here.