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A California bobcat was on display during the Living Green Expo aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., April 18. The bobcat is one of the local endangered species, and the Environmental Management Systems used this display to inform attendees about other local endangered species and ways to protect their existence.

Photo by Cpl. Melissa Wenger

Global reach, local action: Miramar does its part to live green

19 Apr 2013 | Story by Cpl. Melissa Wenger

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – The residents aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. were the guests of a special event to promote environmental friendliness April 18.

The Living Green Expo was part of Lincoln Military Housing’s series of biannual community expos.
Representatives from the Miramar Environmental Management System were there to give those residing in base housing a reason to go green.

“The quota set forth by the Headquarters of the Marine Corps is that every person inside the fence line has a general environmental awareness,” said Lt. j.g. Robert Delgado, MCAS Miramar environmental operations officer and a Lakeland, Fla. native. “From an event like this, what people are taking away is the fact that the Marine Corps, as well as the Department of Defense, cares about the environment… and we’re here to make sure the current resources that Marines have to operate and train in now are available in the future.”

The free informational fair was committed to urging the instillation’s community to take action against resource misuse, environmental degradation and other environmental issues while sponsors provided some extra incentives to get into the green lifestyle.

“Vendors have brought all sorts of resources regarding recycling,” said Jessica Marbut, senior community services coordinator and a Fort Worth, Texas native. “They’ve brought recycling games so that kids are actually learning how to recycle. [Attendees] are also getting a lot of reusable containers, bags, cups and other things they can use, so that they’re not creating a lot of waste in housing.”

Lincoln Military Housing representatives also had a chance to re-introduce a program that will begin to affect housing residents in the near future.

“They’re learning about a new Resident Energy Conservation Program that is going to be rolling out next year,” said Marbut. “Some residents just aren’t aware of their energy use. With the REC Program, they’re going to start getting some mock billing. They’re going to be able to see their energy use, so it makes them more aware of what they are wasting. Once they move out of housing, they need to be able to control energy uses in their own environment.”

The station’s commanding officer, Col. John Farnam, has issued an environmental policy statement that outlines several missions, stating that it is critical to “preserve, protect, and enhance the quality of our land, air and water resources.”

Service members, civilian employees and family members, as part of the base community, have the opportunity to make an impact by making less of an impact on the environment.

Visit www.MiramarEMS.com to learn more about protecting the station’s resources and the individual contributions that can be made to environmental preservation.


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