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Khaki Goes Green - Earth: The Operators' Manual

Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions, Earth: The Operators' Manual

This video segment highlights how the U.S. military is the single largest user of energy in the nation, but it is also trying to reduce its carbon bootprint. Scenes taped at Fort Irwin and Camp Pendleton show the Army and Marines experimenting with wind and solar in order to reduce the number of fuel convoys that are vulnerable to attack.

Video length: 4:32 min.

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About the Content

  • Video addresses the energy use of the military and introduces energy saving measures (biofuels, renewable energy sources) taken by the military.
  • Positive messaging and lots of information packed into this short video.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The activity provides a good overview of new energy technologies being used in the military. The information is reliable although it looks like it was produced in 2014 and may get outdated soon. The downsides of the renewable technologies are not well represented.

About the Pedagogy

  • Great images and well-chosen interviews and examples.
  • Demonstrates how solar panels on tents, efficient LEDs, and water purification techniques can help save both lives and money.
  • Overall, the military has ambitious goals to increase energy independence.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Video is 508 compliant.
  • Technically well done and high quality.
Entered the Collection: February 2017 Last Reviewed: June 2016

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