By Leah Eclavea, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas Public Affairs
TUMON, Guam (NNS) -- In recognition of Earth Day, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas Commanding Officer Capt. Stephanie Jones emphasized the Navy's continued commitment to sustainability and good environmental stewardship at the Center for Island Sustainability Conference on Guam, April 18.
Jones was a panel speaker during the Western Pacific Subsection Water and Wastewater Conference in conjunction with the University of Guam's 2016 CIS Conference at the Lotte Guam Hotel and Resort recently where she discussed the importance of "One Guam" and "Green Guam", two of the four pillars outlined in 2010 by former Under Secretary of the Navy Robert Work. These pillars are the Navy's commitment to improving and upgrading the islands infrastructure and to partner with various agencies in green programs and sustainability projects.
"As we talk about this and we focus on One Guam, it is a great interest to the very senior people in all of our organizations," said Jones. "We are part of the community and we want to be part of the solution."
NAVFAC Marianas and Joint Region Marianas personnel participated in different events during the sustainability conference that promote partnership and collaboration to raise awareness and find solutions for island sustainability and good environmental stewardship.
Among the events featured was the Green Dream Home Competition where high school students designed and constructed model homes that incorporated sustainable systems and technologies. JRM Regional Energy Program Manager Desiree Masterson judged the model homes and said she was impressed with the level of research and thought the students put into developing more sustainable approaches to houses.
"Events like the Green Dream Home are important because they provide a way to engage the next generation of leaders, architects, engineers and residents of the planet an opportunity to think about how we all impact the environment," said Masterson. "The competition provides a means for students to use their imagination to develop new ways of interacting that reduces negative impacts on our environment."
Participation at the event demonstrates the Navy's partnerships with the community to prioritize Guam's sustainability. Throughout the month of April, NAVFAC Marianas personnel will be conducting Earth Month cleanups in an effort to improve the island's ecological health and demonstrate good environmental stewardship.