The issue of global warming has proven divisive to many liberals and conservatives. Some folks believe that global warming is a myth and that is none of my business. On a daily basis, we sell any number of floor types, and some have varying shades of “green” associated with them. My personal goal has been to foment dialogue to bring focus to commonalities between the camps and redirect discourse to the effect of energy independence on national security issues. I’m Chris Moline, LEED AP, a former Marine Corps 0351 Combat Assaultman, entrepreneur and journalist with one motivation for being a “tree hugger” – to divert dollars from the support of terror and minimize the impact to our national security. I no longer carry an M16 or .45, but upon swearing in to the US Marine Corps, I took an oath with no expiration date to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same… So help me God.”
There are several ways to position a conversation and here are just a few (all with the goal of being “greener” in mind, no matter the reason):
1 Operationally-Deployed Forces
Not depending on a local grid to supply power to an FOB (Forward Operating Base) is a matter of green security. In fact, take it another step by reducing that installation’s dependence on oil to generate electricity by making it more efficient, and you’ve put fewer “Motor T” folks at risk with fewer trips that would expose them to IED’s or ambo (ambush).
Consider also the increased reliance on technology in the field and how the use of solar chargers can extend the effectiveness of an op.
2 Military Bases, Domestic & International
Every new base is being built with LEED standards as a benchmark. While many do not attain actual certification, thus making the use of the acronym a bit watered-down, it still shows a level of commitment on the part of DoD to green up their act. The ramifications of having a greener base are many – improved community relations at home, decreased or eliminated reliance on host-country infrastructure.
3 Overall Budgetary Ramifications
With less money spent on fuel (hundreds of millions annually), our military can focus saved funds on developing safer vehicles, better healthcare and more.
In our daily role, we provide all different types of flooring to many military end-users and are pleased to see the “greening” of specs. If you are in the camp of global warming nay-sayers, I say just go green for whatever reason. As a former Marine, the thought of diverting oil revenue away from potential support of terror ops is all the motivation I need.
Chris Moline, LEED AP