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Fort Hood Travel Camp Wins Environmental Award

A Fort Hood, Texas, campground has been recognized for its efforts to continually be an environmentally friendly campground.

The West Fort Hood Travel Camp recently received the Environmental Stewardship Award during the Hoods Hero Awards Ceremony, according to the Fort Hood Sentinel.

The camp has maintained a green status since 2011, consistently earning a 100% on their environmental assessments.

Brandi Crist, chief of community recreation, directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, attributed the recognition to her team and their engagement with customers.

“The staff and our environmental compliance officer do a great job in maintaining our facilities, inspecting for leaks and overflows, and ensuring we are compliant with the environmental standards,” Crist said. “What we have been doing has been engrained, and it is a matter of maintaining and building our environmental program.”

The RV park maintains a natural feel, providing shade and maintaining habitat for birds. The camp’s pads offers full hookups for 82 sites and 283 sites for dry storage.

Customers also do their part as environmental stewards and help to police each other.

“Because our customers are in transit, we are constantly educating them, as they check-in, about the RV park’s rules and regulations,” Karl Washko, previous business manager, West Fort Hood Travel Camp, said. “We ask the customers, if you see something, give us a call.”

To help overcome environmental challenges, Crist encourages organizations to communicate, and educate staff and customers.

“Maintaining communication between staff and customers helps to make sure everyone is on the same page,” Crist said. “Then if customers see something, they are comfortable in bringing it to the staff, and if the staff sees something, they are comfortable in bringing it to the customer.”

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