The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) are the Department of Defense’s (DoD) environmental technology programs. SERDP and ESTCP address environmental matters of concern to DoD through funding for basic and applied research and development and demonstration/validation of technologies that can enhance the capabilities of DoD to meet its environmental obligations.

Partners in Environmental Technology reflects the partnership formed by SERDP and ESTCP. Partnerships play a pivotal role in the successful transition of research initiatives and demonstrations. The partnerships between the DoD, Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency; the partnerships between federal agencies, private industry, and academia; and the partnerships between technology developers, end users, and environmental regulators all are critical to the success of SERDP and ESTCP.



Information BulletinLatest Issue Features Sustainability Metrics and Reporting System

The Spring 2010 issue of the SERDP & ESTCP Information Bulletin is now online. It highlights:

  • SERDP’s development of a framework on which to build a comprehensive sustainability metrics system for U.S. military installations and enable them to respond to the requirements of Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. Naval Base Ventura County in southern California served as the prototype and reference location for this effort.

  • a Conservation Biology essay on the role of demonstration in translating conservation science into practice.

  • SERDP-funded soot science research selected to receive a Distinguished Paper Award at the 32nd International Symposium on Combustion. The computations described in this paper predicted that soot can greatly influence the dynamics of a jet diffusion flame causing it to be stable or unstable, depending on the soot loading. This prediction was later experimentally verified.

  • the 2009 Partners in Environmental Technology Technical Symposium & Workshop, including the three distinguished Plenary Session speakers who stressed science and technology as key to improving DoD energy conservation and adaptability to climate change impacts, announcement of the seven Project-of-the-Year Awards recognizing successful research and technology developments with significant benefits to DoD, and the comprehensive technical program comprised of 11 technical sessions on efforts to tackle DoD’s environmental challenges and five short courses on select technologies and methods in environmental restoration and munitions response.



Mark Your Calendars for the 2010 Symposium & Workshop
The next Partners in Environmental Technology Technical Symposium & Workshop, sponsored by the SERDP and ESTCP, will be held November 30 – December 2, 2010, in Washington, D.C. This conference will provide attendees technical sessions and training courses covering DoD’s most significant environmental challenges and opportunities to network with more than 1,100 environmental professionals from the government, academic, and private sectors during poster and exhibit sessions. Details will be posted as they are available on the Symposium site at
SERDP and ESTCP Announce the
2009 Project-of-the-Year Award Recipients

Researchers Lauded for Helping DoD Sustain Training Ranges Using Natural and Transgenic Grasses
WASHINGTON – In its ongoing effort to sustain mission-critical training ranges, the Department of Defense (DoD) is enlisting a different sort of fighting force: plants. It turns out that grasses growing on ranges throughout the nation can serve as tools in the military’s arsenal in combating environmental contamination.  more...


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