DoD Environmental Initiatives About 120 attended the meeting and workshop held on January 21. Ms. Kristine Kingery, Director, Army Sustainability Policy, was our keynote speaker. She spoke about several emerging sustainability issues of interest to the Army:
- The net zero pilot program which both Fort Detrick and Aberdeen Proving Ground participate in;
- Enhanced energy and water security;
- Aggressive green procurement policies;
- Net zero policy for contingency (e.g., forward operating) bases which will save lives; and
- Going beyond net zero to include hazardous waste, training lands, alternative fuels, and climate change emissions.
Ms. Kingery spoke of a real-life example of applying sustainability principles involving a training exercise. The Army was practicing a large food drop with actual meals ready to eat (MREs). No one wanted to eat the food once it had been used in that manner and it would go to waste. The Army training leaders weighed the food and used an equivalent weight of other material for the exercise, saving the food.
We also had students attend this meeting. Ten members of our student post at the Naval Academy attended the dinner along with three of our scholarship recipients.
Send Your High Schooler to SAME Summer Camp
Applications being accepted!
The Post offers two summer camp scholarships (reduced camp registration and travel costs) to high school rising juniors or seniors. Summer camp information and applications are available at the National website. The Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps are offering one-week camps with high energy, hands-on events for students from across the country and around the world. The camps are led by a professional staff of engineers from both private industry and the uniformed military services.
Stipend Available for Fellows!
Attend the Investiture Luncheon
The SAME Fellows Luncheon is held annually, just prior to the Fellows Investiture, to welcome new Fellows into the Academy and to encourage networking among new and present Fellows. The luncheon is for Fellows only, which includes the Class of 2015.To encourage attendance by Baltimore Post Fellows, a stipend is available to help defer costs to attend the Luncheon and/or Golden Eagle Awards Dinner. Please contact Denise Tegtmeyer, FSAME, by Feb. 25 for details and to apply.
Also, please plan to join us in supporting our newest Baltimore Post Fellow, Matt Wallace, as he is invested into the Academy. The SAME Fellows Investiture will take place immediately preceding the Golden Eagle Awards Dinner starting at 5PM. The Investiture is free and open to all SAME Members and Class of 2015 family and friends, and reservations are not required.
Post awards 10 scholarships
The Post’s, Education and Mentoring Committee awarded a total of 10 scholarships in 2014. Awardees included students from institutions within the footprint of the Post membership, including the University of Maryland, UMBC, Morgan State University, Johns Hopkins University, and University of Delaware. Consistent with our mission, the students majors included computer science, aerospace engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering and bioengineering. We have received “thank you” messages and emails from the awardees including letters of appreciation from the institutions.
Assisting Homeless Veterans
Activities in support of The Baltimore Station
The Philanthropic Committee periodically sponsors dinners at The Baltimore Station. Volunteers arrive around 5PM, don hair nets, and prepare a meal for the veterans. Our latest event was on 20 January and was sponsored by JMT. But its not all about preparing dinner. One of the goals of our events is to interact with the veterans, which is a vital part of their therapy and process to re-enter society productively. They typically have stories to tell of their time serving our country. Won’t you consider sponsoring or attending our next event? We also have an opportunity to help design and build a restorative meditation garden on a lot adjacent to The Baltimore Station’s Baltimore headquarters.