By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran, NAVFAC EURAFSWA Public Affairs
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Members of Public Works Department (PWD) Naples Utilities and Energy Management Office and the Navy BRITE mascot promoted the Navy's 2015 theme for Earth Day, "A Sustainable Future Begins with You" at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples, Italy April 22.
The Earth Day theme underscores the ripple effect of each individual's actions that benefit the environment and help ensure a viable planet for generations to come.
"The focus is to think "green" every day of the year and make protecting the environment an essential part of your daily routine," said AnnMarie Graham-Nussbaum, PWD Naples environmental division. "We are asking everybody to focus on recycling and encouraging everybody to recycle here at NSA Naples."
PWD Naples promoted public awareness about environmental issues and encouraged people to think about what they can do to make a difference in their lives and to make the world a better place. They provided information about saving energy, challenged service members on their recycling knowledge with a trivia game, and gave out U.S. Department of the Navy memorabilia such as mouse pads, post-its and notepads.
Year-around, everyone can take action for a sustainable future and reduce waste a number of ways:
- Improve vehicle fuel efficiency with regular maintenance and correct tire pressure.
- Conserve electricity by turning off lights, appliances, and unplugging device chargers when not in use.
- Save water by fixing leaky pipes and replacing faucets that drip.
- Open blinds and curtains to use natural light instead of artificial light.
- Line dry laundry and linens.
- Recycle, reuse, and repurpose items and materials as much as possible.
- Make compost for gardens and plants with organic wet waste.
- Use public transportation, carpool with a co-worker, bike or walk to reduce fuel use.
"Fact: organic wet waste / compost can make up 25 percent of our trash and if we all recycled more of this we could dramatically reduce the overall trash going into the landfills," said Graham-Nussbaum .
For more information about recycling and waste disposal, contact PWD Naples Environmental or NSA Naples Housing.