1-4. Environmental Model. The environmental model in Figure 1-1 shows how the four pillars
support environmental stewardship. The Army mission, located at the top, requires the Army to
manage and use natural resources wisely. Just as a building's walls support its roof, the model's
four pillars support environmental stewardship, and environmental stewardship supports the
a. Compliance. Compliance with environmental regulations is a necessary cost of doing
business. The Army expects soldiers to obey local, state, federal, and host nation (HN)
environmental requirements. By following the unit environmental SOP, the environmental
guidance that leaders publish in operation orders (OPORDs), and installation environmental
regulations, soldiers can help the Army meet its compliance goal.
b. Restoration. Most soldiers do not have any restoration responsibilities. However, to make
installations a safer place for soldiers and their families, the Army is cleaning up its
contaminated sites. By following the principles under the other three environmental pillars,
soldiers can help the Army eliminate the need for a restoration pillar.
c. Prevention. Prevention is the Army's attempt to reduce or eliminate pollution. Preventing
pollution is always more effective and less costly than cleaning up polluted sites. Soldiers can
support prevention efforts by reducing, reusing, or recycling waste products.
(1) Reduce. If soldiers perform their jobs carefully, the amount of pollution produced
can often be reduced, for example--
Storing cans of paint properly conserves paint and prevents pollution.
Using floor sweep compound carefully reduces the amount of floor sweep
required to clean up oil spills.
Using less harmful products reduces the toxicity of the generated waste.
(2) Reuse. Reuse products instead of disposing of them reduces the amount of trash that
must be taken to commercial landfills. Practice reuse procedures by--
Using both sides of paper before throwing it away.
Selecting products that have refillable containers.
Collecting and reusing rags in the arms room or the motor pool.
(3) Recycle. Prevent pollution by recycling. Many products that the Army uses can be
recycled. This includes paper, aluminum cans, radiators, batteries, pavement, and scrap metal.
The installation can often sell recyclable materials and raise funds for things like recreation