Camp Lejeune wins environmental restoration award for tenth time

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (WITN) – For the tenth time, the largest Marine Corps base on the east coast has won an environmental honor.

Camp Lejeune’s Environmental Management Division has received the award for Environmental Restoration Installation. This award was presented to the division through the 2024 Secretary of the Navy Environmental Awards.

The division is responsible for 72,000 acres of upland forest, 49,000 acres of wetlands, 26,000 acres of water, and 7,500 acres of developed land.

Marines cite efforts to keep their people and land safe on multiple fronts as their reason for success.

Over the last year, the division has eliminated over 2,000 gallons of liquid sampling waste, treated 100,000 gallons of groundwater with solar power, and recycled nearly 6,800 pounds of metallic debris according to a news release.

“I could not be prouder of the accomplishments of our Environmental Management Division, and this latest recognition of our Installation Restoration team is well deserved,” said Brig. Gen. Adolfo Garcia Jr., commanding general at Camp Lejeune.

Camp Lejeune says it has been actively engaged with their environment since 1981.