SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) — Navy Region Northwest Installations celebrated Earth Day’s 45th anniversary by coordinating 25 events focused on base clean ups and community stewardship, April 22.
Naval Base Kitsap, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) and Naval Station Everett (NSE) each hosted multiple events on their respective bases in a collaborative effort to promote the regional environmental policy which uses: continual improvement, awareness, resource conservation and environmental compliance (CARE).
“Our vision is to be recognized as an environmentally friendly neighbor, actively engaged in community outreach, resource conservation and pollution prevention while effectively executing the Navy mission,” said Rear Adm. Jeffrey S. Ruth, a Key West, Florida, native and commander, Navy Region Northwest. “Our policies include integrated support from tenant commands to the installation commanding officers to instill a culture of environmental stewardship and continual improvement.”
NSE’s annual ‘Dumpster Dive Competition’ included six teams of Sailors and civilians gathered early to don personal protective clothing and jump into receptacles packed with anything from rotten fruit, to shredded paper; the goal, to separate the trash from the recyclables. The team with the least amount of trash wins. This event was designed to raise understanding of the different types of trash, and how to properly dispose of them.
“I was surprised to see after the recycling has been sorted, how little trash was actually left in the trash can,” said Fire Controlman 1st Class Jason M. Eagle, with the 1st Lieutenant department on NSE. “It made me a lot more aware of what we should be recycling rather than just throwing away.”
NASWI partnered with Oak Harbor Elementary, Olympic View Elementary and Crescent Harbor Elementary in hosting Compost Can-O-Worms where classes received worm composters then documented their progress to share.
“This is the only planet we have,” said Aviation Electronics Technician Airman Bennett Schultz, stationed on NASWI. “We need to maintain the ecosystem for everyone; for future generations and for us.”
Ruth continued that they will support the attainment of environmental objectives and targets along with ensuring personnel consider environmental impacts when executing their mission.
“We are proud of our environmental stewardship and are committed to operating in an environmentally responsible manner where national defense and environmental protection are, and must be, compatible goals,” said Ruth.
Naval Magazine Indian Island will be hosting Earth Day events May 1, coordinating efforts between Sailors, Department of Defense employees and civilian contractors.