US Navy to Celebrate Earth Day
Performing missions at sea, on land and in the skies
daily around the globe, the Navy is a constant presence in the
environment. To emphasize stewardship on all fronts, the Navy
workforce is taking part in Earth Day-related activities
throughout the month of April.
The official Earth Day date is April 22.
The Navy's Earth Day theme for 2017 is, "Building Strength
Through Stewardship." The theme emphasizes the value of
environmental initiatives in supporting the mission by helping to
build trust with government agencies and the public.
As examples, preserving the ecosystems where we train and
operate, conducting research in support of training and testing
permits and embracing environmental education opportunities all
align with the "expand and strengthen our network of partners"
line of effort in Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson's
Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority.
Navy commands worldwide are participating in at least 90 Earth
Day events this year. Events include Earth fairs, beach and base
cleanups, tree plantings, recycling contests, school and youth
activities, fun runs and more. In addition to Navy-run events,
many commands are participating in community-sponsored Earth Day
Some of the Navy-sponsored activities include a SAPR/Earth Day 5K
Run at Naval Air Station Patuxent River; Naval Base Guam's Dadi
Beach cleanup; tree and flower plantings at Naval Station Rota's
Vietnam Memorial; and a "Reduce Our Carbon Footprint" event at
Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.
John Kleim, Executive Director for the Navy's Resilient Energy
Program Office (REPO), will give remarks during an Earth Day
Texas event in Dallas. The Pentagon will host an Earth Day Fair
Friday, April 21, featuring informational materials from the
Navy, Army, Air Force, OSD and other attendees.
"Each year, our Sailors and Navy civilians go above and beyond to
demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship," said
Rear Adm. Lou Cariello, director of the Navy's Energy and
Environmental Readiness Division (OPNAV N45). "Not just on Earth
Day, but in our daily work year round, we take pride in caring
for the ecosystems and communities in which we operate."
Earth Day has been celebrated annually since 1970, when former
U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin founded the holiday as a
grassroots movement to raise awareness of environmental issues
domestically and abroad.
(From Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental
Readiness Division Public Affairs)
Apr 20, 2017