•BATTLE CREEK ENQUIRER: Fort Custer prepares for climate change

AUGUSTA – The Army National Guard at Fort Custer is working toward energy independence and anticipating the effects of climate change.

For at least two years the guard has been preparing a plan to use alternative energy and to look at possible consequences of changes in the environment and climate.

On Tuesday the guard provided a public look at the plan, “Adaptation Planning for Climate Resilience,”  a Michigan Army National Guard pilot project.

During a series of meetings, the guard is attempting to look at long-term energy alternatives, recycling, and how it might respond to effects of climate change, according to Brig. Gen. Mike Stone, the Michigan National Guard assistant adjutant general for installations.

Stone told about 15 people attending the session Tuesday morning at Fort Custer that the guard is looking for ways to preserve resources and save money. “It is the right thing to do and it makes good business sense,” he said. Two of the most visible initiatives are a wind funnel designed to capture and increase air flow to turbine-generators and an adjacent field of solar panels.