NAVFAC celebrates Earth Month with Environmental Fair

Story Number: NNS130522-06Release Date: 5/22/2013 7:09:00 AM
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By Paul Long, FLEACT Yokosuka Public Affairs

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Far East (NAVFACFE), onboard Fleet Activities (FLEACT), Yokosuka, celebrated their first Environmental Fair, April 29.

"It is part of April being Earth month," said Chuck Sayon, NAVFACFE Branch Chief for Environmental Conservation Planning and Natural and Cultural Resources. "We wanted to try to have an Environmental Fair that would showcase the activities in and around the base."

The goal of the Environmental Fair is to educate the local community about various issues and projects in and around the base.

"We have a responsibility with our local community to do things in an environmentally beneficial way," said Sayon. "That's why I think these types of fairs are important."

Contractors from local environmental firms had displays representing local wildlife and insects setup at the event. The base community was encouraged to do something daily to help improve the planet that we live on.

This is the first year the fair was held as its own event. Previously, this fair was held in conjunction with a Summer Safety Fair.

"We'd planned this fair for Earth Day (April 22), but we had an environmental audit," said Ryouko Araki, an environmental technician and natural and cultural resources manager.

NAVFACFE was recently announced as award winners at both the Chief of Naval Operations and Secretary of the Navy levels for their environmental programs of fiscal year 2012.

FLEACT, Yokosuka environmental programs provide environmental stewardship for 83 tenant commands. These activities encompass more than 20,000 military and civilian personnel in 5,000 buildings, spread over 1,700 acres and 8,200 feet of berths. This includes logistic, recreational and administrative support and services to U. S. Naval Forces Japan, U.S. 7th Fleet and other western pacific forces.

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