Corps Message: Re-energized Environmental Operating Principles

Egrets are just one of the many bird species who call Fern Ridge Reservoir home. (Photo by Enrique Godinez, Real Estate Office)

Egrets are just one of the many bird species who call Fern Ridge Reservoir home. (Photo by Enrique Godinez, Real Estate Office)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Operating Principles relate to the human environment and apply to all aspects of business and operations.  They apply across Military Programs, Civil Works, Research and Development and across the Corps.

The environmental operating principles require a recognition and acceptance of individual responsibility from senior leaders to the newest team members. Re-committing to these principles and environmental stewardship will lead to more efficient and effective solutions, and will enable the Corps to further leverage resources through collaboration.

This is essential for successful integrated resources management, restoration of the environment and sustainable and energy efficient approaches to all Corps mission areas.

It is also an essential component of the Corps’ risk management approach in decision making, allowing the organization to offset uncertainty by building flexibility into the management and construction of infrastructure.

The re-energized Environmental Operating Principles are:

  • Foster sustainability as a way of life throughout the organization.
  • Proactively consider environmental consequences of all Corps activities and act accordingly.
  • Create mutually supporting economic and environmentally sustainable solutions.
  • Continue to meet our corporate responsibility and accountability under the law for activities undertaken by the Corps, which may impact human and natural environments.
  • Consider the environment in employing a risk management and systems approach throughout the life cycles of projects and programs.
  • Leverage scientific, economic and social knowledge to understand the environmental context and effects of Corps actions in a collaborative manner.
  • Employ an open, transparent process that respects views of individuals and groups interested in Corps activities.