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Fort Carson Mountaineer

Importance of EQCC

By Emma Buccambuso

Directorate of Public Works Environmental Division

What is it?

FORT CARSON, Colo. — The Environmental Quality Control Committee (EQCC) is a committee required by Army Regulation 200-1, Environmental Protection and Enhancement, dated 2007. The regulation designates the garrison commander as the chair of the installation EQCC. It also requires that senior mission commanders, directors and tenant leaders attend, or designate a representative to attend, the meetings on their behalf.

The EQCC is tasked to meet quarterly and the committee helps plan, execute and monitor actions and programs with environmental implications. The committee also prepares recommendations to the garrison commander regarding identified issues, concerns and policy development.

EQCC’s main goal is to help military units, tenants and organizations achieve compliance in the easiest and least costly way.

What are the current and past efforts of Fort Carson?

  • The Fort Carson Directorate of Public Works (DPW) Environmental Division organizes and implements the EQCC on behalf of the garrison commander. The meetings are used to brief the environmental posture of brigades, organizations and tenants to their command, relay important environmental information affecting mission statuses, and sharing best practices.
  • Past meetings were sit-down briefings, but more recently have become field trips to various locations on post, allowing attendees to see where units and organizations have highlighted and shared knowledge about innovative, cost-effective and environmentally sound ways to maintain compliance.
  • Meetings afford the opportunity to recognize efforts by individuals or organizations to support environmental compliance, implement pollution prevention initiatives, reduce costs and provide resource protection. For example, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, hosted the Feb. 26 EQCC at a maintenance facility, where information on battery recharging and nitrogen cylinder charging was shared to assist in the conversion of the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., to a Stryker brigade, saving substantial costs.
  • Increased meeting attendance is requested, as the information presented is timely, applicable to others and can potentially yield savings in time, funding and manpower.

What continued efforts does Fort Carson have planned?

  • The next 2019 EQCC meetings are tentatively set for May 14, Aug. 13 and Nov. 12.
  • Civilian organizations, battalions and brigades can host EQCC meetings to promote their environmental compliance initiatives or to suggest recommendations on topics of interest for future meetings.

Why is this important?

  • The value of the EQCC is in creating a forum where senior leaders can learn more about environmental issues, policies and improved processes, while being able to ask for help in addressing environmental issues that affect the mission.
  • The EQCC is a primary method for brigades, directorates and tenants to stay on top of their environmental posture.
  • Data summarizing three months of environmental assessments conducted is displayed as an environmental dashboard and provided to unit commanders at the meetings to assist in their decision-making processes.

For more information about the quarterly EQCC meetings or to host a future EQCC, call the DPW Environ­mental Division at 526-8893 or email emma.e.buccambuso.civ@mail.mil.

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