What is the National Greening Fire Team (GFT)

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VISION: Achieving net zero environmental impact on all large incidents and within the fire community by 2030

MISSION:  Integrate sustainability best management practices into incident operations


The National Greening Fire Team’s (GFT) mission is to integrate sustainability best management practices into incident operations with a long-term vision of achieving net zero environmental impact on all large incidents and within the fire community by 2030.

The GFT was originally established in 2010 and focuses on “greening fire” by reducing waste, conserving energy and deploying more renewable energy, conserving water, as well as providing outreach and education related to conserving natural and financial resources on fires.

The GFT is a small team of employees from across the nation – chartered under Washington Office Fire & Aviation Management – that actively participates in monthly meetings, leads focused work groups, and commits time and effort to implement sustainability best management practices (BMPs) in incident operations. GFT efforts to reduce financial and natural resource consumption will not compromise firefighter or public safety or impede incident objectives.

GFT efforts target the following focus areas:

  1. Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Implementation
  2. Water Conservation
  3. Fleet and Fuel Efficiency
  4. Sustainable Procurement
  5. Waste Reduction and Recycling
  6. Triple Bottom Line Returns
  7. Sustainability Leadership, Education, and Outreach

For more information about GFT, become a GFT ambassador or ask a question contact the Greening Fire Team.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/fire/sustainable-ops/about