Energy Outreach Efforts in Hawaii Reach 1,700 Students

Story Number: NNS100120-25Release Date: 1/20/2010 11:26:00 PM
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By Denise Emsley, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii Energy Team's 2009 Energy Conservation School Outreach Program concluded Jan. 19 with the start of distribution of the 2010 children's energy conservation calendars and posters.

The energy outreach program reached approximately 1,700 students last year at four schools and a Navy home school group in Hawaii who participated in the unique program.

"I am encouraged by the enthusiasm of the students taking part in the Navy's energy conservation program, which is a terrific learning experience," said Capt. Bret Muilenburg, commanding officer, NAVFAC Hawaii.

The annual Energy Conservation School Outreach Program targets elementary schools with a high concentration of Navy military dependents, looking to educate military youngsters who can then help influence and educate their parents.

"These children are a motivating force for parents to use less electricity, which reduces costs in our military housing, and in turn, saves some of Hawaii's precious resources," said Muilenburg.

NAVFAC Hawaii's Energy Team launched the 2009 program on Sept. 26, 2009 at Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary School. During multiple presentations, students learned about the sources of energy, its proper use, and how not to waste it. They were provided with various energy saving tips that could be easily applied at school and home, such as turning off lights and electronic equipment, closing windows and doors when air conditioning is on, recycling all kinds of materials, and using compact fluorescent light bulbs wherever possible.

As part of the program, a coloring contest - art competition was held at each school after the energy conservation training, so students could show what they learned. Winners are chosen from each participating grade at each school. Their artwork was then put on display at the Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange, and each student received a Navy Region Hawaii Energy Conservation School Outreach Program award certificate.

In addition, a compilation of the winning artwork was used to create a special 2010 children's energy conservation artwork calendar, and several posters were enlarged for distribution. Currently, both the calendars and posters are being disseminated throughout Navy Region Hawaii to help further educate and promote energy conservation within the Navy community.

"In its third year, the impact of the program is noticeable and far reaching," said Energy Conservation School Outreach Program Coordinator Krista Stehn. "The students have developed an increased awareness of energy conservation that is evident in their artwork, and can be implemented in their schools and at home with their families."

The 2009 energy outreach program and distribution of the 2010 children's energy conservation calendars and posters are expected to positively impact local schools, Navy families, and the Navy community in Hawaii.

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