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By Krista K. Catian, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific Public Affairs Office
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) - Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific and NAVFAC Hawaii partnered with Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor (NAVSUP FLCPH) April 22 and participated in the fourth annual Earth Day Fair on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH).
"It's important that our professional workforce remains committed to our stewardship of the environment," said NAVFAC Pacific Vice Commander Capt. Pete Lynch. "This annual fair provides a great opportunity to refresh and enhance the education for our personnel on recognizing and understanding the various challenges our environment faces. It is important to remind folks that we can take action locally to minimize the impact globally."
This year's Navy Earth Day theme "Global Reach - Local Action," highlights that all military and civilian personnel have the opportunity to take local action to demonstrate our commitment to protecting the environment.
"The purpose of our annual fair is to create awareness for a healthier environment and energy conservation, and to highlight the Navy's ongoing efforts to protect the environment," said Lt. j.g. Luke Dragovich, NAVSUP FLCPH event coordinator.
The NAVFAC Pacific Environmental Natural Resources team generated awareness at their booth with a live insect display, along with informative posters, flyers and facts of various insects and invasive species. Expert biologists and entomologists were also available to answer any insect question.
"Many people have a negative view of insects and as something to be avoided, whereas in reality insects are quite a fascination and serve a beneficial role, be it through pollination, decomposition and material production," said John Nelson, NAVFAC Pacific wildlife biologist. "As a team, we felt it was our responsibility to increase the public's understanding and appreciation of arthropods and their importance in sustaining healthy ecosystems."
NAVFAC Pacific, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and JBPHH, also hosted a marine mammal's booth with educational materials on how to protect Hawaiian monk seals. A poster displayed numerous JBPHH beach locations that monk seals are seen on, along with facts about the monk seal. Dog leashes, stickers and other souvenirs were given out to those who were interested in protecting the most endangered species in the world.
With an emphasis on water conservation, the NAVFAC Hawaii energy team showcased display boards with tips on how to conserve water and energy in both the workplace and home. The fun feature of the booth included an interactive plinko game called "Save the Water" with prize giveaways for winning participants. The energy team also displayed their Hydrogen vehicle, which is a modified sport utility vehicle (SUV) that runs on hydrogen.
"It's exciting and motivating when we see the drive and passion from people after we inform them on simple tips to save energy and water at work and in their homes," said Amy Hanada, NAVFAC Hawaii installation energy manager. "The crowd's reactions are priceless when they see how much energy everyday items consume."
The annual fair included 10 booth participants. Lunch was also available for purchase and all proceeds supported the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society.