One of the basic elements of military planning is the visioning charrette. Recently we conducted such a charrette to kick off the Net Zero Energy Installation (NZEI) planning for U.S. Army Garrison Hohenfels in Germany. The goal of army net zero is to provide energy security by consuming only that energy that can be generated by local renewables. The combination of a 50 percent energy use reduction and the production of 50% of the energy from renewable sources will achieve the NZEI goal of producing as much energy onsite per year as is consumed within the sum-total of buildings utilities, logistics operations, and real property assets.
We led the visioning process using breakout groups and interviews involving 27 different organizations assigned to the installation. Our facilitation helped them develop a NZEI vision statement, eight goals required to meet that vision, and eight executable objectives needed to attain the goals. Our process included briefing the garrison commander and key installation operations organizations to validate the goals, vision and objectives. The output of this process will drive the development and execution of their NZEI plan.