Engineering With Nature

Engineering With Nature for the Department of Defense (DoD)

Engineering With Nature helps the DoD develop and integrate natural infrastructure solutions that promote resilience, reduce risks, and enhance the well-being of military personnel and civilians. By leveraging nature-based strategies, the program aims to create more adaptable and sustainable systems to support the DoD’s mission.

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Building Resilience

The U.S. Department of Defense and its 3 million team members operate on more than 25 million acres and nearly 5,000 sites in different regions, climates, and landscapes in the U.S. and around the world. Over the last 5 years, DoD installations have experienced more than $10 billion in damage from natural hazards, such as storms and flooding. Given the complexity of DoD’s mission, there are not many instances where simple, “silver bullet” infrastructure solutions are sufficient. Creating resilient systems requires innovative action. If you have questions or ideas about how EWN can be applied to DoD installations, please feel free to contact us.

Engineering With Nature is front and center in DoD’s Climate Adaptation Plan.
Mr. Richard Kidd, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment and Energy Resilience, Retired
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Nature Based Solutions for Department of the Navy in the Desert Southwest

This report highlights the unique challenges and opportunities for utilizing NBS at Department of Defense (DoD) installations in the Desert Southwest. The proposed solutions highlighted in this report use NBS to harness the power of nature to support mission sustainment and resilience in the harsh, arid climate of the Desert Southwest. At the same time, these solutions provide considerable opportunities to explore the integrated nature and co[1]benefits of carbon sequestration, biodiversity, and water resources. The examples here are only a glimpse of the much larger potential for use of NBS at DoD installations. They demonstrate a range of possible NBS that could be developed or envisioned for installations facing diverse natural hazards and challenges.

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An Atlas, Supporting Mission Resilience and Infrastructure Value

We developed this book to spark thought and conversation about opportunities to engineer
with nature across the DoD. The example projects presented here, from across DoD, illustrate
the potential to leverage nature as infrastructure.

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Defending training lands, people, and budgets

Engineering With Nature supports increased resilience on military installations because natural infrastructure strategies are:

  • Scalable, which reduces cost and allows for adaptation over time as environmental conditions continue to evolve.
  • Self-healing following storm events or other environmental hazards avoiding costly maintenance and repair typically incurred through conventional infrastructure.
  • Enjoyable, enhancing personal well-being of the people who work, train, and live at DoD facilities through environmental and social benefits.
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Related Workshops

The Department of the Navy (DON) hosted a discussion on nature-based climate resilience. This meeting is part of a collaboration with the Army Corp......
Military installations in the desert Southwest are grappling with the challenges posed by a range of natural hazards, such as drought, heat, winds,......
24-25 August 2021. This two-day virtual event featured over 40 participants from across the Department of Defense, U.S. Government, industry, non-g......
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Featured Project

Not long after Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc across Northwest Florida in October 2018, devastating much of Tyndall Air Force Base along the way, ......