Department of Defense

Department of Defense

The Department of Defense (DOD) has a history of commitment to environmental security and the management of resources that have been entrusted to its stewardship. In addition, DOD is bound by certain Federal land management laws, such as the Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, and has developed regulations pertaining to resources management.

What is green infrastructure at DOD?

This agency does not specifically define green infrastructure, but uses it as a component of its strategies dealing with land conservation and economic and community development issues.

What DOD departments are involved in green infrastructure?

The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary Of Defense Installations and Environment’s (I&E) mission is to provide installation assets and services necessary to support military forces in a cost effective, safe, sustainable and environmentally sound manner. Within I&E, the Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative (REPI), part of the Department of Defenses’ Sustainable Ranges Initiative, is DOD’s core effort aimed at protecting military readiness by preventing incompatible development and preserving habitat through buffer projects, supportive education, engagement, and regional planning. Military Buffer zones account for millions of acres of conservation land, preserve green infrastructure and protect ecosystem services, and protect defense test and support services. DOD partners with conservation organizations, (e.g. the Nature Conservancy) and state and local governments, to preserve buffer land and habitat around military installations and ranges.

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