By Christine Rosalin, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific Public Affairs
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii and NAVFAC Pacific partnered to host an Energy and Water Awareness Fair and Training event at the Ford Island Conference Center Oct. 30.
"Energy conservation and awareness is at the forefront of our minds, and to that end, the Secretary of the Navy's energy goals are more clearly focused to us," said NAVFAC Pacific Vice Commander Capt. Michael D. Williamson. "The Navy has set forth aggressive energy conservation goals, and this is just one event that demonstrates our commitment to achieve those goals."
While the purpose of this annual event was to educate Navy building managers and building energy monitors (BEM), more than 300 participants representing all branches of service participated in the event.
Educational booths were displayed in the lobby of the conference center featuring examples of successful energy and water conservation projects, energy rebate programs and information covering energy and water reduction goals and legislation.
"This October Energy Action training event provides a great opportunity to reach out to our community to help promote energy and water conservation, and we are very proud to host events like this," Williamson added.
Items of interest included energy efficient materials and tools that can be purchased for buildings and energy impacts to the state and local economy. In addition to participants from the Department of Defense, industry partners such as Hawaiian Electric Company, Hawai'i Gas, U.S. Pacific Command's Green Initiative for Fuels Transition Pacific (GIFTPAC), Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, and CH2M Hill to name a few also participated in the event.
"Kudos to all who helped organize the event and to our energy monitors who were very successful at completing their monthly energy audits of facilities on base," said Erith Evans, NAVFAC Pacific energy manager. "The audits completed by our BEMs ensure we are doing our best at our level to help reduce energy consumption by monitoring ambient temperatures in rooms, ensuring unnecessary power is turned off and checking for water leaks in their assigned building."
"By reducing our energy consumption we help save energy," Evans said. "By engaging our leadership and local community, we can all work toward changing the Navy's culture of consumption to a culture of conservation."
Navy commands around the world participated in Energy Action Month by hosting events throughout October to share information on energy efficiency and promote an energy conservation culture Navy-wide.