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PENTAGON, Washington DC (6 Jan. 12) -- A collaborative effort between the Army National Guard and Arizona State University that could lead students to a graduate certificate in Sustainability Leadership was applauded today as being an asset to the Army's Sustainability Campaign Plan.

Army Brig. Gen. Daniel Nelan, operational support assistant to the director of the Army National Guard; Richard G. Kidd IV, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability; Dr. Rob Melnick, executive dean of Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability; and Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University signed a certificate commemorating a new sustainability education initiative between the ARNG and ASU at the Army National Guard readiness center in Arlington, Va.

The symbolic "signing ceremony" recognized the collaboration to develop five sustainability courses which will allow both Soldiers (Active, Reserve, Guard) and Army Civilians to work towards a graduate certificate in sustainability leadership online.

"I applaud the efforts of the Army National Guard and their partnership with Arizona State University," said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment. The effort of the Army National Guard in helping design these courses is highly commendable. Collaborations like this are an asset to all."

The online graduate certificate in Sustainability Leadership is designed to assist eligible Soldiers and Army Civilians in fulfilling the goals of the 2010 Army Sustainability Campaign Plan, an essential factor in meeting the military's readiness challenges for the 21st century.

Students who successfully complete this program will be better equipped to help future generations of Army leaders make a difference in:

• Protecting the lives of our troops and making our military a better and more capable force
• Achieving Net Zero Energy, Net Zero Water and Net Zero Waste goals on installations to improve managing costs and maintaining resources
• Minimizing the Army's carbon foot print

Soldiers (Active, Guard, Reserve) and Army Civilians interested in learning more about the Sustainability Leadership Certificate can gain more information at http://sustainabilityonline.asu.edu.