By Tom Kreidel, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic kicked off their Earth Day events with an event at the Naval Station Norfolk Navy Exchange April 18.
According to Sharon Baumann, Public Works Department Norfolk Installation Environmental Program director, the event featured several displays including recycling, a tree seedling give away, a display on how to conserve energy, Hampton Roads Transit and the Chesapeake Bay Program.
"It's important that we take team each year to stop and think about the types of things we do on a daily basis and how they can have an impact on the environment," said Baumann. "We often don't even realize we're not being environmentally friendly, and fairs like this one help us become more aware and give us great ideas on how we can adjust our not-so-green ways."
She added that there are several things that individuals can do to be more environmentally friendly at home and at work: like turning off the lights when not needed, bumping the thermostat one degree warmer in summer and one degree colder in winter, and recycling.
Baumann said the display from HRGreen; a local environmental public awareness organization was among the most popular.
"They provided a lot of helpful tips on things you can do at home," she explained.
She said the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Recycling table was also popular, with giveaways for children and crafts made from recycled materials on display.
"There are many simple things we can do and they all make a difference," she said.