This lesson discusses the environmental leadership responsibilities required to accomplish the mission
within a unit.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
You will describe the basic environmental management responsibilities that
apply to your work areas and assigned duties.
You will be given all material contained in this lesson. You will work at your
own pace and in your own selected environment with no supervision.
You will correctly answer questions on the practice exercise at the end of the
The material contained in this lesson was derived from AR 200-1, AR 200-2, FM
5-0 (101-5), TC 3-34.489, and TVT 5-56.
Commanders, staffs, subordinate leaders, and soldiers must become environmental stewards by
understanding their individual duties and responsibilities for environmental protection. To practice
stewardship, US military personnel and Department of the Army (DA) civilians must understand the basic
environmental management responsibilities that apply to their work area or assigned duties.
2-1. Unit Responsibilities. Installation regulations or operational directives, such as operation plans
(OPLANs), operation orders (OPORDs) or contingency plans (CONPLANs) generally define a unit's
environmental program. Standing operating procedures (SOPs) usually establish a unit's environmental
installation and operational requirements into daily routines. Unit-level environmental management
always includes guidance for commanders, staffs, subordinate leaders, and soldiers.
a. Commanders. Commanders' role in environmental stewardship centers on instilling an
environmental ethic in soldiers and civilians under their control. Commanders train their subordinate
leaders on stewardship, counsel them on doing what is right, lead by example, and enforce compliance
with laws and regulations.