WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Navy commands around the world have been participating in Earth Day events throughout the month of April in celebration of Earth Day, nationally recognized as April 22.
Earth Day, which reminds people of their commitment to environmental protection and community engagment has been celebrated nationally since 1970.
As a globally deployed force, the Navy has countless opportunities to interact with local communities in unique environments, whether in the tropics, in the desert, or along the coasts. This year's theme, "Global Reach'Local Action" highlights how Navy Sailors, families, and employees can act locally to demonstrate the Navy's commitment to protecting the environment.
"Earth Day reminds us that our worldwide presence creates both the ability and the responsibility to make a difference in our communities," said Rear Adm. Kevin Slates, director of the Chief of Naval Operations Energy & Environmental Readiness Division (OPNAV N45). "Despite budget constraints, the Navy continues making great strides in protecting the environment."
Examples of the Navy's continued environmental commitments include:
* Funding marine mammal research and working with science organizations to minimize the potential impacts of Navy activities on marine life.
* Reducing shipboard energy use via technologies such as solid state lighting and stern flaps and via energy awareness training for shipboard personnel.
* Increasing energy efficiency at our installations via advanced metering, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings, solar panels, and other alternative energy sources
* Promoting shore installation recycling via Qualified Recycling Programs and diversion of construction/demolition debris from landfills.
* Keeping plastics out of the ocean and safely managing our biodegradable waste stream at sea.
This year, more than 45 installations around the world are celebrating Earth Day with community events such as recycling drives, beach and base cleanups, 5K runs, bike-to-work initiatives, tree plantings, and environmental fairs. Additionally, installations and command have been turning to the web to promote their events, share Earth Day ideas, and interact with their global network of fans.
Additional information about Navy Earth Day and an infographic highlighting participating commands is available online at http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/files/2011/12/20130422-Final-NED-Infographic.pdf,
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To learn more about Navy Earth Day visit, http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/environment/earth-day/.