By Denise Emsley, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Hawaii
PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (NNS) -- As part of Navy Energy Action Month, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii hosted an Energy Action Fair and training sessions for Navy, Air Force and civilian building energy monitors Oct. 14, in the Ford Island Conference Center, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
NAVFAC Hawaii also invited any interested area personnel who wanted to learn more about energy and water conservations efforts to attend the fair held prior to the monitor training sessions.
Commanding Officer NAVFAC Hawaii Capt. Dean Tufts opened by thanking each monitor for their participation in the program and told them of their importance to the Region and Joint Base in meeting goals set by the president and the secretary of the Navy.
"For Navy Region Hawaii and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, you are our eyes and ears at each of your commands," said Tufts. "Our collective goal is to ensure everyone knows how to easily reduce their energy and water consumption, not just to meet a directive from senior leadership, but because it is the right thing to do. Behavior such as turning off lights, computers and air conditioning must become as habitual as putting on your seat belt in a car."
Katie Ramirez, NAVFAC Hawaii energy team member and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) installation energy manager, followed Tufts and presented the main training presentation to over 260 military and civilian personnel during morning and afternoon sessions.
"This training is to empower you in your duties as building energy monitors," said Ramirez. "To present the latest information and assist you in educating your coworkers helping them eliminate energy and water waste, thereby saving the Navy significant dollars that can be reprogrammed for other critical facility operation and maintenance needs."
The presentation began with how energy bills are the single largest cost for the Navy reflecting about 28 percent of its shore budget. This equates to more than $7 million a month in Hawaii.
Ramirez reported that the Navy in Hawaii met its water reduction goal this year, however, it fell short of reaching its energy goal of 30 percent reduction, only obtaining 22 percent. According to a recent Presidential Executive Order, the goal is to reduce energy consumption by 2.5 percent per year and reduce water use by 36 percent by the year 2025. The Department of the Navy goal for energy reduction is to reduce consumption by 50 percent by 2020.
"This is a very ambitious set of goals that will take everyone's participation," said Ramirez. "Imagine if you had to cut your home energy bill in half. You would have to make some pretty drastic changes in the way you live. That's what will need to be done here at work with everyone adjusting their behavior on how they get the job done cutting the Navy's energy use in half."
Some presenters at the fair included NAVFAC Hawaii Energy Team, NAVFAC Pacific Energy Team, Department of Defense Information Analysis Center, Navy Region Hawaii Housing Office, and various local and regional utilities and venture participants.