Fairchild Air Force Base is committed to a policy of excellence in all four pillars of environmental stewardship: Compliance, Pollution Prevention, Protecting Natural and Cultural Resources, and Restoration. In doing so, we will comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations and policies. We have consistently gone beyond mere compliance with the law and insisted on maximum protection for human health, natural resources, and the environment. As a premier Air Refueling Wing, we are proud to have developed a reputation for first-class environmental practices and collaborative implementation of environmental standards throughout all aspects of base activities. To maintain this tradition, the men and women of Fairchild will continue to:
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 on the base. This 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 explained to all base personnel.
The purpose of this action is to remove and dispose of Russian olive trees from Fairchild AFB, which are an invasive Class C Noxious Weed in Spokane County. If allowed to go unabated, Russian olive would displace native plant communities such as the Spalding's Catchfly, which is federally listed as a threatened plant species found on the installation. For more information, click here.
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!!!
The Air Force goal is to divert a minimum of 50 percent of waste produced. Approximately 96 percent of our waste is either recycled or converted to energy at the local waste-to-energy plant. Fairchild diverts approximately 48 percent of our waste by recycling and reuse.
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.
Fort George Wright Cemetery is an off-base historic cemetery maintained by Fairchild AFB.
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.