EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- Naval Station Everett (NSE) held its annual Energy Fair to promote awareness in a variety of "green" ways, Oct. 26.
The event highlighted recycling, water conservation, mental and physical disability awareness, an example of a wind generator, and a decorated recycling bin contest. Also on hand was a representative from a car manufacturer providing an example of their electric car.
"Typically, we hold the Energy Fair in October to coincide with Energy Week, which is this month," said NSE Integrated Solid Waste Operations Manager Denise Lesniak. "Instead of doing all these events separately and maybe losing interest, we decided to hold them all at once."
The event featured more than 25 vendors ranging from bio-fuel to in-home energy conservation.
"We're showing some of the things you can buy at the Navy Exchange that are energy efficient and cost effective," said Judy Flannery, a Navy Exchange sales specialist. "Items such as energy efficient appliances and light bulbs. You can even buy washable aluminum water bottles to cut down on plastics."
The event also featured a three-kilowatt wind generator provided by 3 Phase Energy Systems.
"The Navy is experimenting with wind powered energy to eventually be used in select areas," said Ensign Jesse Giordano, NSE's assistant public works officer and an event coordinator. "We're hoping to get the turbine back here for a long-term study in the next two months."
Lesniak said one of the biggest problems when it comes to recycling and conservation in general is training.
"I think just getting the word out about what we do, educating people, is one of our biggest hurdles," said Lesniak.
"Overall, we just want Sailors to walk away from this with a heightened awareness," said Giordano. "We want them to know what the Navy is doing and to have pride in their service because no other service is doing anything like this."
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus laid out five aggressive energy goals in October 2009 to improve our energy security and efficiency, increase our energy independence, and help lead the nation toward a clean energy economy. This initiative assists in achieving the energy goal of increasing alternative energy afloat and ashore where by 2020, the Department of the Navy (DON) will produce at least 50 percent of shore-based energy requirements from alternative sources and 50 percent of DON installations will be net-zero.
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