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Environmental Commitment Statement

1. As a premier Air Refueling Wing, Fairchild Air Force Base (FAFB) is proud to have developed a reputation for first-class environmental practices and collaborative implementation of environmental standards throughout all aspects of base activities. We are committed to maintaining excellence in environmental stewardship while fulfilling our mission in a manner that protects human health and the environment.

2. FAFB maintains a comprehensive Environmental Management System (EMS) by meeting and exceeding environmental compliance, while continuously assessing our progress through proactive management of environmental programs, inspections, and mission processes under the leadership of the Cross Functional Team (CFT) and the Environmental, Safety, and Occupational Health Council (ESOHC). Most importantly all FAFB personnel have a responsibility to support the installation’s mission by ensuring we:

  • Strive for exemplary environmental compliance through adherence to all applicable federal, state, local laws, regulations, requirements, and policies addressing the protection of the environment.
  • Instill a culture of continuous environmental improvement through education and outreach and work in partnership with all stakeholders in the local community, tribal nations, and regulatory agencies to promote effective environmental stewardship initiatives.
  • Incorporate best management practices, promote pollution prevention, reduce waste generation, purchase environmentally preferable products, and recycle and reuse all materials where practicable in our operations.
  • Commit to a culture of conservation of the natural environment, by actively protecting threatened and endangered species, and preserving our cultural and historical heritage. We will strive to minimize impacts such that our natural and cultural resources are available for the enjoyment of future generations.

3. It is incumbent upon everyone in the Fairchild community to fulfill the obligations set forth in this Commitment Statement to the utmost of their abilities in accordance with their roles and responsibilities at this installation. This Commitment Statement, as set forth and supported by all members of the Team Fairchild ESOHC, will be reviewed annually and updated as necessary. The ESOHC will also ensure that these expectations are clearly articulated to all base personnel.



Fairchild recycles a variety of materials including cardboard, paper products, aluminum/tin cans and certain plastics.  Nearly 100% of municipal solid waste is either recycled, reused, or converted to energy at the local Waste-to-Energy facility.


Natural Resources

Fairchild has a long standing commitment to protecting the natural resources on base. Fairchild has approximately 200 acres of wetlands, over 80 different bird species, and numerous types of other mammals. The base has established a protected area for the federally threatened Spalding's Catchfly plant.

Cultural Resources

Fort George Wright Cemetery is an off-base historic cemetery maintained by Fairchild AFB.

Ride Share

At Fairchild AFB, personnel are encouraged to carpool, vanpool, and bike to work. Because of this Fairchild is able to reduce roughly 280,000 miles from being driven on local roads and nearly 100 metric tons of greenhouse gases from being emitted into the atmosphere annually.

FAFB Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)