Fort Hood was the recipient of 2012 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards, which recognizes the efforts of the recycling team and Fort Hood as a whole. Of all of the U.S. military installations, Fort Hood was the only one to receive multiple awards (there were 10 total available). The awards recognized Fort Hood’s environmental quality as a non-industrial installation and the recycle team for environmental quality on the individual or team level.
Fort Hood is working to close its landfills by 2020, and many of these efforts were included in the award submission packet. The installation award is to recognize some of the many outreach efforts and systems used to educate the community and improve the environment. Some of the outreach programs include annual events such as Earth Fest in April, American Recycles Day in November and working with local youth organizations.
During fiscal years of 2010 and 2011, the recycle program generated $4.12 million with Defense Re-utilization and Marketing Service sales assistance, according to the award application provided by Fort Hood. The money generated from recycling helped pay for the program, as well as capital improvements and other community projects, such as Freedom Fest fireworks, welcome-home celebrations and carnivals. During the same time period, $428,000 was provided to support Fort Hood pollution prevention projects and $164,000 for the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation events. Fort Hood will receive the award in June, along with three other awards from Keep Texas Beautiful.