NAF Atsugi to host annual Energy Fair later this month
For four short hours all Sailors, families and Master Labor Contractors on Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi have an opportunity to join in the Public Works departments’ annual Energy Fair Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Taylor Field to promote energy conservation and awareness.
Each year NAF Atsugi hosts the Energy Fair in October because it’s the U.S. Navy’s designated energy saver month.
“We would love to have the maximum participation from Sailors and their families,” said Installation Energy Manager Lt. j.g. Allison Islin. “This fair is more than just energy conservation, we have several Japanese vendors coming out to talk about different things we can be doing here in our community to reduce our energy and water use.”
The event is expected to attract many different energy and water companies from around Japan, who’re also interested in showcasing their newest and most modern designs and products.
“This year the Seabees will be selling tons of food and drinks, like burgers and hot dogs, not to mention the BBQ and lunch combos.” said Engineering Aide 3rd Class Jay Murphy. “It’s not just about energy and water; it’s about the Seabees too.”
The Energy Fair will also include live music and a guest appearance by Sparky, the energy saving mascot.
“There is going to be a lot of stuff going on and we’d love to see as many people come out,” said Islin. “We also want people to come out, hear our speakers and to meet the team. The more we can interact, the stronger I believe we can be as a community.”
It doesn’t matter if someone has five minutes or the whole four hours, it’s important that people come by and learn about what they can do to help save energy and reduce their consumption, Murphy added.
“Our NAVFAC Pacific energy team organized this event to move energy awareness into energy action,” said Public Works Officer Cmdr. Jeffery Sherwood. “This fair is an opportunity to be more proactive through hands-on demonstrations, informational displays and pamphlets, and to initiate open discussions with those who live and work on base.”
Information was made available on a variety of energy and water conservation projects in the Pacific, including tips on how to reduce energy and water consumption both in the workplace and at home.
“Energy conservation and the introduction of renewable energy initiatives in the Pacific are pivotal components to the bigger picture of energy security for our Nation,” said NAVFAC Pacific Vice-Commander Capt. Pete Lynch. “As a supporting command we strive to leverage business and technology to deliver the right expertise and products to support fleet readiness, and to meet the Navy’s energy goals.”