Marstel-Day wins EBJ Project Merit Award for Sustainability and Resource Protection

ABOUT THE EBJ BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Between October and December of 2007, EBJ solicited the environmental industry via e-mail, web site, and word-of-mouth for nominations for the annual EBJ Business Achievement Awards. Nominations were accepted in 200-word essays in either specific or unspecified categories. Categories or size designations may be altered each year depending on the volume of nominations, the number of worthy recipients, or the emergence of new categories. Nominations were submitted by companies themselves, people or companies representing other companies, company partner or clients, EBJ staff, and EBJ editorial advisory board members. The EBJ Business Achievement Awards are then selected by a committee of EBJ staff and EBJ editorial advisory board members and released in early January.

PROJECT MERIT: SUSTAINABILITY & RESOURCE PROTECTION

Marstel-Day, for successfully deploying a new methodology for supporting Marine Corps efforts to sustain its military operations and training through Encroachment Control Planning and Encroachment Partnering (ECP/EP). ECP/EP creates a joint planning process between a Marine Corps installation and its host community, aimed at identifying lands adjacent to an installation that can be acquired to preserve agricultural land, open space or natural resource habitat while buffering the base from incompatible land uses in order to sustain its mission capabilities. Marstel-Day built upon the “encroachment partnering” legislation that it had earlier conceptualized, and that was enacted in the 2003 Defense Authorization Act. This legislation allows services to share the costs of land acquisition with local governments or non-profit conservators when it meets both base encroachment control and resource conservation metrics. Marstel-Day has deployed its methodology at six Marine Corps installations: MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina; MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina; MCAS Yuma, Arizona; MCB Quantico, Virginia; MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, California; and for two regional headquarters: Marine Corps Installations West and East. In addition, Marstel-Day assists Marine Corps headquarters in its efforts to update policies and programs for an enterprise-wide approach to encroachment control and partnering.

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