Environmental Management Directorate



The Department of Defense plans and executes all mission activities in a manner that ensures protection of human health and the environment to sustain indefinitely the resources required to support the readiness of our armed forces


  • Integrate Environment with Mission
  • Reduce Costs and Improve Mission and Environmental Performance
  • Reduce Environmental Impacts from DoD Activities
  • Improve Public Confidence in Defense Environmental Management

Over the past 10 years, the Department of Defense (DoD) has invested approximately $42 billion to ensure the success of its environmental programs. In FY2010, DoD invested approximately $4.2 billion in natural and cultural resource conservation, environmental compliance, pollution prevention, and environmental cleanup, and another $237 million in environmental technology. Learn more here…Protecting America’s Environment


As we reported to Congress, in FY 2009, we obligated $4.3 billion for natural and cultural resource conservation, pollution prevention, cleanup, compliance and environmental technology (Learn more here…Annual Report to Congress):


  • Provided safe drinking water to over 3.3 million people served by DoD public water systems
  • Achieved 94% compliance for waste/stormwater control permits
  • Decreased hazardous air pollutant emissions 27%
  • Diverted 2.8 million tons or 55% of solid waste from landfills, avoiding approximately $163 million in costs


  • Active Installations: Completed cleanup at 78% hazardous waste sites and 43% military munitions response sites
  • BRAC Installations: Completed cleanup at 79% hazardous waste sites and 62% military munitions response sites
  • FUDS Properties: Completed cleanup at 70% hazardous waste sites and 35% military munitions response sites

Natural and Cultural Resources

  • Provided $10.9 million directly to American Indian and Alaska Natives to mitigate environmental impacts
  • Managed 21,653 historic properties, including 73 National Historic Landmarks, and nearly 160,000 archaeological sites
  • Protected 420 federally-listed species and 523 species at-risk


  • Participated in 191 Restoration Advisory Boards (RABs) on 218 DoD installations
  • Provided $93,974 in Technical Assistance for Public Participation (TAPP) funds for cleanup
  • Ratified a new charter for the Defense State Memorandum of Agreement (DSMOA) Steering Committee
  • Entered into 23 cooperative agreements with tribal governments

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • The Department , under Executive Order 13514,  will reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions from non-combat activities—largely installations and non-tactical vehicles—by 34 percent by 2020.

Armed Forces Pest Management Board

  • The AFPMB Web site averages over 10,000 inquiries per month from over 140 countries.
  • The AFPMB administers the Deployed Warfighter Protection research program, an annual $5 million effort to find better ways to kill insects and protect deployed personnel.

Sustainable Buildings

  • DoD received one Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certified Facility award and five LEED Certified Facility awards.