JBER Environmental

The Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Environmental Management Office is dedicated to providing outstanding environmental stewardship while assisting JBER to accomplish its mission. This section includes various documents and information to increase public awareness on JBER’s environmental programs and initiatives. For questions, please feel free to reach out to the Environment Management Office using the contact informationon this page.


The Environmental Restoration Section is responsible for cleaning up contamination from past operations by reducing risks to human health and the environment. The section manages the Installation Restoration Program, Military Munitions Response Program and Contaminated Sites Program.

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Joint Base Brown BearElmendorf-Richardson is responsible for the sound management and protection of more than 74,000 acres of land. These lands are relatively unspoiled and serve as a natural area for local wildlife. They also are open to the base population and general public for outdoor recreational uses. The Conservation Program is responsible for forestry, fish and wildlife management, outdoor recreation planning, as well as cultural resources management on JBER. 

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The Environmental Compliance section is responsible for ensuring JBER is in compliance with federal, state, and Air Force rules and regulations related to the management of:

Air Quality
Hazardous Materials
Hazardous Waste
Universal Waste
Underground/Above ground Storage Tanks (UST/AST)
PCBs and other toxic substances
Wastewater and storm water
Solid waste
Spill Prevention and Countermeasures and Control (SPCC)

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The Department of Defense addresses sustainability in its operations as a systematic framework aimed at building an enduring future (from DOD Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan, Fiscal Year 2011):

“The department’s vision of sustainability is to maintain the ability to operate into the future without decline — either in the mission or in the natural and manufactured systems that support it. DOD embraces sustainability as a critical enabler in the performance of our mission, recognizing that it must plan for and act in a sustainable manner now in order to build an enduring future. Sustainability is not an individual departmental program; rather, it is an organizing paradigm that applies to all DOD mission and program areas. Applying a systematic framework for improving sustainability involves a wide range of practices that span much of the department’s day-to-day activities and military operations, and DOD personnel are learning to apply this mindset to improve mission performance and reduce lifecycle costs. The Department recognizes that many key issues facing DOD can be addressed through smart investments that improve sustainability as well as promote the mission, such as using energy and water more efficiently, acquiring more energy from renewable sources, designing buildings for high performance, reducing the use of toxic and hazardous chemicals, and optimally managing solid waste.”