NAVFAC Marianas CO Talks Sustainability at Guam Conference
TUMON, Guam – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas Commanding Officer Capt. John Heckmann discussed Department of Defense (DoD) and Navy strategies for sustainability during the University of Guam’s 2013 Island Sustainability Conference at the Hyatt Regency Guam in Tumon, Guam, April 18.
Heckmann highlighted the importance of energy, environmental and sustainability goals in the Navy and DoD’s mission.
“Our DoD defensive mission has to be compatible with sustainability,” he said. “We don’t want to end up defending something that is going to be barren land or barren seas. We want to defend something that’s going to be sustainable for the following generations.”
Heckmann shared NAVFAC and DoD ideas and strategies that ranged from a study of unplugging idle electronics to proper planning of new structures in order to avoid energy costs, and environmental impact.
“I would challenge you to think about how do you incorporate sustainability ideas and thoughts and incentives into every portion of your business,” he said. “Apply it to your business, apply it to everything you do and think about how do you incorporate sustainable ideas and features and processes into every step.”
During the conference an open floor allowed audience members to voice their concerns during which Guam Senators Mike Limtiaco and Judi Won Pat questioned Heckmann about the Navy’s efforts and stance toward recycling and asked for military participation in island recycling efforts.
“I personally am very much a proponent for island wide solutions of things,” Heckmann said. “I think it needs the whole island approach to figure out what the best construct is.”
The three-day conference featured various speakers from the Navy such as U.S. Naval Base Guam Energy Manager Derek Briggs, Joint Region Marianas Regional Energy Program Manager Desiree Masterson and Environmental Compliance Specialist Albert Borja; included a tour of Renewable Energy at U.S. Naval Base Guam and covered a range of topics from low-cost energy initiatives to environmental stewardship.