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Earth Day marked at base

By Art Powell | | April 29, 2010

Earth Day 2010 was marked with events on and off base April 22 as base personnel took steps to improve the environment at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany and areas of the nearby community.

The level of activity for the 2010 observance exceeded those in 2009 and the upward trend will continue, according to base officials.

“There’s a reason for the increase, because it’s important that people recognize that we need to be good caretakers of the environment we live in,” said Col. Terry V. Williams, commanding officer, MCLB Albany. “I think it’s especially great because we’re teaching the kids at an early age to respect the Earth.”

Williams participated in a flower planting at the MCLB Albany Child Development Center on Earth Day.

“Our Earth Day activities need to increase and it’s in keeping with my vision of the base in going green, so this is a great effort,” he added.

Williams’ efforts to promote policies and practices that are environmentally friendly are the result of previous environmental activities in his career.

“When I was at Headquarters Marine Corps, I saw the potential that comes with our environmental activities and how it reduces dependence on Middle Eastern oil and provides a secure, second source of energy should our current power company has a failure of some sort. But it will also save us time and money in the long run and it better partners us with the community as a whole,” he said.

MCLB Albany is the first installation in the Marine Corps and Department of Navy to assemble a landfill gas project, a partnership between the base, Dougherty County, Ga., and Chevron, which will capture methane gas from a landfill near the installation and convert it into 1.9 megawatts of usable energy at the base.

“It is really the basis for the greening of this base with renewable, clean energy that otherwise would just be burned off into the atmosphere,” he said. “We’re breaking some new ground with this project and we’ve already received inquiries on how we put the deal together.”

The groundbreaking marking the landfill gas project is scheduled for May 20 here.