The eighth-mile running track allows Airmen and dependents to work out in a temperature-controlled environment at the Warrior Fitness Center April 12, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Specially coated windows in the Warrior Fitness Center block ultraviolet rays in sunlight from entering the gym and creating excess heat, greatly reducing the energy needed for cooling. The gym's windows are placed so that they receive the least possible amount of direct UV rays, while special exterior facing materials and insulation passively cool the building without using additional energy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)
Christina Hilliard, 99th Force Support Squadron marketing specialist, places a piece of paper in a recycling bin April 17, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Services marketing has also emphasized digital marketing techniques to reduce paper use. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)
Takeira Jones-Bolden, 99th Force Support Squadron marketing assistant, Christina Hilliard, 99th FSS marketing specialist, and Kate Berry, 99th FSS Director of Marketing, unwrap foam board April 17, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The new foam board, used for various marketing products, is made of recycled and re-purposed materials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)
U.S. Air Force Airmen and dependents use new fitness equipment at the Warrior Fitness Center April 12, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The Warrior Fitness Center's design reduces energy consumption by keeping out ultraviolet energy, efficiently heating and cooling common areas and automatically shutting off lights when spaces aren't being used. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)
U.S. Air Force Airmen, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron, construct a roundabout at the intersection of Ellesworth avenue and Fitzgerald boulevard April 16, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Roundabouts are used to alleviate traffic congestion, reduce fuel consumption, air pollution and accidents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jason Couillard)
U.S. Air Force Staff. Sgt. Aaron Cumming, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and equipment operator craftsman, excavates a manhole cover during the construction of a roundabout April 14, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The intent of the roundabout is to alleviate traffic congestion in between the gates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Hughes)
U.S. Air Force Airmen, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron, continue the construction of a roundabout April 14, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. The roundabout allows for traffic to pass through the intersection with the minimal possible stops, preventing fuel waste as traffic moves across base more efficiently during peak travel times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Lancaster)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Chris Wright, 99 Civil Engineer Squadron pavement and construction journeyman, spreads gravel for a xeriscape design at the new Warrior Fitness Center at Nellis Air Force Base, Mar. 20, 2012. Xeriscaping is conserving water by landscaping in ways that reduce or eliminate the need to use water for irrigation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. William P.Coleman)
by Staff Sgt. Will Coleman
99th Air Force Base Public Affairs
4/17/2012 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- Nellis Air Force Base celebrates Earth Day 2012 with a variety of pollution prevention programs that minimize waste, encourage green products, use fewer toxic materials, recycle and decrease our overall consumption of natural resources.
As millions of people around the world observe Earth Day April 20 this year, the Air Force is challenging every member of the Air Force family to do his or her part to prevent pollution.
One endeavor the Air Force has undertaken to improve sustainability is to modify current processes to incorporate innovative, environmentally friendly technologies.
Nellis AFB has already met the fiscal year 2025 goal of using twenty-five percent of its energy consumption from renewable sources using photovoltaic array systems.
Another initiative to encourage green products is the wide use of xeriscape. Xeriscape replaces grass with desert landscaping to save energy and water. The rocky landscaping saves the base millions of dollars a year in maintenance and two billion gallons of water annually.
Decreasing the consumption of our natural resources is crucial, as Nellis has been in the midst of a decade long drought in which Lake Mead is expected to drop another seventeen feet this year.
Another way Nellis is saving water is by using the 75,000 plus gallons of water flushed during monthly maintenance, to irrigate the golf course. Recycling the water saves around one million gallons of water per year.
Nellis is part of the Christmas Tree Recycling Committee which recycled a total of 17,320 trees last year. That equals 151 tons of mulch and 2,309 cubic yards of solid waste diverted from landfills. Last year, 225 of those trees came from Nellis.
"The important thing about this, is these 225 Christmas trees means eight days worth of solid waste diverted from landfills," said Nesley Orochena, 99th Civil Engineer Squadron Outreach program manager.
The mulch created from the Christmas trees is used for air quality control measures and parks. This saves money as mulch runs around nine hundred dollars a ton.
The Qualified Recycling Program is another program that gains multiple benefits from conservation. Recycled materials at Nellis have brought dollars to Nellis AFB continuously. The money is used to sustain the recycling center and fund more pollution prevention projects for numerous organizations throughout Nellis, Creech and NTTR.
"Our recycling center is self-sustained so there is no need for funding from the government," said Orochena.
When it comes to the use of toxic materials, Nellis has set the standard. Nellis' Hazardous Waste Reduction program has not received a notice of violation from the Nevada Division of Environment Protection in over a decade.
The latest project to minimize waste is the construction of roundabouts. Roundabouts are used extensively in Europe and are increasingly being used in the United States to alleviate traffic congestion, reduce fuel consumption, air pollution and accidents.
Emphasizing the Air Force's vision to "conserve today-secure tomorrow", the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron Environmental Section has set aside a special day, 3 May 2012 at 0930, for celebrating the importance of the environment in commemoration of Arbor Day.
With the assistance of Lomie Heard Elementary School teachers and principal, Ms. Tracy Dyer, students from the third, fourth, and fifth grade will create posters with the theme "trees make a world of difference."
The students' efforts will be rewarded with prizes and recognition on the 3rd of May. After the celebration, the students will witness a tree planting ceremony where a special guest from the Nevada Division of Forestry and 99th Air Base Wing leadership will plant a tree.
For additional information please contact Mr. Nesley Orochena at (702) 652-3035 or email@example.com.