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It was a bit of a shake-up in February 2010 when the Quadrennial Defense Review of the DoD listed resource scarcity and climate change as primary threats to global security. Now the defense sector is rolling out means of planning, strategizing, and reducing the use of resources. In many cases, what’s good for the environment also cuts costs and streamlines activities.
Daniel Kreeger, Executive Director of the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) outlines the relatively new position of “Climate Change Officer.” In a recent carbon disclosure project, professionals concerned with climate management came from as many as eleven different organization silos, from supply-chain management to public relations.
Where many functions have been traditionally the provenance of one officer, and a commander’s term averages two years, coordination locally and across forces is smoothing the way and building awareness of sustainability issues. The Army and Navy are establishing environmental policies and establishing scoring and benchmarks.
Kreeger points out the DoD has traditionally been a test bed and market maker for many technologies, including flat screens, GPS, fiber optic communications, and even the internet. Innovations in green technology will undoubtedly follow.
Daniel Kreeger is co-founder and executive director of the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO). While leading the association, he created a forum that enables the exchange and enhancement of best practices, industry standards, and innovation in the area of climate change strategies. He focuses on educating industry and government on developing sound organizational structures and change management programs, and establishing incentives to encourage innovation and successful response to climate change. He is an author and speaker on change management and workforce issues related to climate change and environmental sustainability.
Prior to co-founding ACCO, Kreeger worked on crisis and issues management for companies in Florida focused on environmental matters, founded a consultancy and worked in the Department of Defense on military health system matters.