PUBLIC WORKS DIGEST • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2011
s we start the second decade o the 21st century, our installationsare acing tremendous challenges. We need energy-eective solutionsthat will sustain our installations oruture generations. From the Energy Independence and Security Act o 2007 toExecutive Order 13514,
Federal Leadershipin Sustainable Energy and Economic Performance
, recent policies have directed usto integrate energy-eective considerationsin the planning and development o ourinstallations. This challenge is tough or ourinstallations. While we need to embracethe tenets o sustainable development, we are aced with the challenge o meeting immediate, rapidly changingmission requirements. Our programmingcommunity has zeroed in on helping usmeet the short-range program with anaggressive investment strategy that resultsin a ocus on DD 1391 developmentand, ultimately, design and construction.However, the rapid pace has not allowed usto look beyond the programming horizonto assess the impact o these actions onpreserving and sustaining the long-termmilitary capabilities o our installations.Patterns o sprawl and auto-dependentsolutions can quickly consume our limitedland. We need to use a new method o planning and development o installations— a recipe that employs the tenets o sustainable master planning that canprovide a ramework or installationdevelopment.Putting long-term sustainable planninginto practice can be a challenge. However,there can be a recipe or success thatincludes the ollowing key ingredients:leadership, standards, competency andculture.
One o the major responsibilities o thegarrison commander is to champion themaster planning process. To championplanning, the garrison commander mustguide the process with a long-term,comprehensive vision or development thatully engages all installation stakeholders.Garrison commanders have acceptedthis challenge and are leading therevitalization o their planning eorts.Particularly good examples are ound atFort Lewis, Wash., Fort Hunter Liggett,Cali., Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Sill, Okla.,Natick Army Laboratories, Mass., andthe U.S. Army Corps o Engineers’ ColdRegions Research and EngineeringLaboratory in Hanover, N.H., wheregarrison commanders have been eective inchampioning master planning, leading theprocess and ensuring that their installationsare developed in sustainable and energy-eective ways that meet immediate missionrequirements, create great communities andpreserve long-term military capabilities.
A planning process works when theprocess leads to holistic solutions. I am very excited by the work o our Oice o the Assistant Chie o Sta or InstallationManagement, Installation ManagementCommand and USACE planning team. They are now inalizing the regulation that will govern installation master planning.One o the key components o theupdate is the establishment o 10 planningtenets that will guide all planning onArmy installations. These tenets are theoundation or successul planning nomatter what location. In addition, theOice o the Secretary o Deense is working on updating the Master PlanningUniied Facility Code. This UFC willembrace many o the practices thatthe Army is adopting into a tri-serviceapproach. We are all grateul to Deputy UnderSecretary o Deense or Installations andthe Environment Dr. Dorothy Robyn orher leadership in this realm. The UFC isprojected to be completed by August.
Successul planning requires skills inplanning, comprehensive problem solvingand a collaborative environment. Theprocess is synergistic, creates solutionsthat meet mission requirements andincorporates our planning tenets.Our planning team has championedan award-winning proessional educationprogram that has vastly improved theawareness and understanding o planning. The program is the only one in theederal sector accredited by the AmericanPlanning Association. Further, our garrisoncommanders, as part o the GarrisonPre-Command Course, receive valuabletraining on master planning. Through installation outreach andormal classroom training, we havecreated a broad suite o options to increaseplanning competency.
(Editor’s note: See article about available training on page 41.)
I encourage investment in thesetraining opportunities by you and yourorganizations.
The toughest challenge or us inemploying the tenets o great planningis changing our building culture. We
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. DorkoPhoto by F.T. Eyre
Planning for sustainable future by embracing master planning
by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey J. Dorko
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Unified Facilities CodeUSACE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers