DLA/NDCEE Biobased Penetrating Lubricant Demonstrations
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Aviation Hazardous Minimization and Green Products Branch and the National Defense Center for Energy and Environment (NDCEE) demonstrated biobased penetrating lubricant products at numerous DoD facilities. The maintenance activities within the participating installations found the biobased penetrating lubricants to be acceptable alternatives to their currently used petroleum based products. As a result of these demonstrations and installation requests for these products, DLA Aviation revised CID A-A-50493 to add a Class A – Biobased and established National Stock Numbers for biobased penetrating lubricants. For more information on this demonstration please Click Here.
DLA/NDCEE Biobased Sorbent Demonstrations
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Aviation Hazardous Minimization and Green Products Branch and the National Defense Center for Energy and Environment (NDCEE) demonstrated biobased sorbents at numerous Department of Defense Installations. The maintenance activities within the participating installations found that the biobased sorbent products met their operational needs and in many instances outperformed currently used non biobased products. As a result of these demonstrations and installation requests for these products, DLA Aviation established National Stock Numbers (NSNs) for biobased sorbents products. For more information on this demonstration please Click Here.
Defense Logistics Agency: Bio-Based Cutlery
DLA is working to transition DoD to 100% bio-based cutlery. DLA Troop Support just purchased another $16 million of the 50% bio-based content cutler from LC Industries, the long term National Institutes for the Blind supplier of cutlery to the DoD and GSA. Meanwhile, U.S. Army Natick has just finished evaluating and testing 100% bio-based product will be ordered in late FY 2011 or early FY 2012. The Subsistence Directorate has identified other DoD supply chain items for conversion to 100% bio-based content, all of which are presently being evaluated. These items include the J-spoon or Meal Ready to Eat plastic spoon, Unitized Group Rations plastic serving utensils and heater tray, and Arctic Meal Module clamshell.
U.S. Marine Corps: Sustainable Procurement Initiatives at MCB Hawaii
MCB Hawaii developed a site-specific Green Procurement Plan to set up a framework to ensure compliance with procurement requirements for daily purchases. The framework spans Energy Star products, EPA’s Water Sense standards for water-efficiency products, products registered with EPEAT, alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles, and a variety of green products such as low volatile organic carbon paints, cleaning products and carpeting. MCB Hawaii purchases recycled ceramic tiles and Energy Star appliances, and uses a carpet contractor that recycles carpet. The base has phased out plastic bags and purchases recycled-contet grocery bags. MCB Hawaii provides awareness level training for all people in the process, including contracting officers and specialists, purchasing personnel, and credit card holders, and it distributes Green Products Compilation updates. MCB Hawaii is developing web-based training for all sustainable procurement product areas, and it requires refresher training every two years. Audits identify inappropriate purchases and implement corrective actions such as a suspension of credit card privileges and re-training prior to card reactivation.