How the U.S. Army Reserve is Leading the Way for Energy Conservation – Interview

How the U.S. Army Reserve is Leading the Way for Energy Conservation – Interview

Michigan Mama News Interview Blogger-Cynthia Tait

Lessons from the U.S. Army Reserve

October is Energy Action Month. It’s the time of year when the federal government wants us to turn our attention toward the importance of energy conservation and resiliency. The message of saving energy hopefully can reach everyone through this October promotion, and who better to lead the way than the U.S. Army Reserve.

Everyone is at risk to the threats against our nation’s energy security; from increasing global demands to natural disasters, fluctuating fuel costs and innovative adversarial attacks like cyber weapons.  Since the Army Reserve relies upon continuous access to electricity, fuel and other forms of energy to sustain every mission, energy security is critical to help ensure resources are always available for the timely citizen-Soldier response.

To secure critical missions, the Army set a goal of having 14 days’ worth of necessary energy and water available in the event of an emergency. This enables the Army Reserve to anticipate, recover and adapt to changing conditions, and to withstand disruptions in fuel, electricity and water supplies.

Energy Action Month provides the Army Reserve Energy Program an opportunity to help the public understand the importance of energy conservation and resiliency, and to provide practical smart energy tips that everyone can implement in their daily lives.

Everyone plays viable role when it comes to energy reduction. Real influence starts with simple changes around the workplace, at home, and in our communities:

  • Power down computer monitors at end of each day
  • Unplug electronics that aren’t in use for extended periods and use power strips
  • When buying electronics or appliances, choose ENERGY STAR® certified models
  • Use natural light whenever possible and change incandescent light bulbs to LED light bulbs
  • Adjust your thermostat to 68 degrees during the fall and winter and 78 degrees in the spring and summer

Join me in a recent interview with Chief of Army Reserve Sustainability Programs Branch, Christine Ploschke, as she discussed the various energy conservation innovations the U.S. Army Reserve employs and how the public can do their part to reduce energy waste.

Listen to the entire interview HERE.

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Ms. Christine Ploschke is the chief of the Army Reserve Sustainability Programs Branch where she is responsible for strategy, policy, programming, and planning for Army Reserve environmental quality and restoration; energy and water resiliency; and solid waste reduction and diversion.

She has been instrumental in developing the Asset Management Policy and Process Integration manual, which provides a roadmap for incorporating sustainability planning and compliance requirements seamlessly into Army Reserve master planning, military construction, and real estate processes. For over twelve years, Ms. Ploschke has been dedicated to Army Reserve sustainability where she worked as an environmental technician, environmental compliance and training program coordinator, chief of the Environmental Compliance Branch and an energy manager.

While energy manager, she drove one of the most aggressive energy programs in the Army Reserve, completing a 90-site, $57 million, energy savings performance contract that focused on energy reduction and modernization, resulting in a 29 percent reduction in energy use intensity.

A native of Queens, New York, Ms. Ploschke graduated magna cum laude from St. John’s University in 2006, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science (Ecology). 

Ms. Ploschke and her team were honored with awards for ‘Small Group Energy and Water Program Effectiveness’ in 2015 by both the Secretary of the Army and the Federal Energy Management Program.  She was personally recognized by the Federal Energy Management Program in 2016, when she received the ‘Federal Energy and Water Management Award for Contracting’ as recognition of her use of multiple, simultaneous contracting methods to achieve ambitious energy consumption and renewable energy production goals.

Cynthia Tait

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