Our Speaker for June 3rd

Local Dems to hear from Sustainability Expert, Retired Rear Admiral Len_Hering

Flag Day Parade and Party in the Park also on Calendar

La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club will have the honor of hosting one of the experts in green energy issues when the Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy, Ret. Rear Admiral Len Hering, addresses the membership at their June 3rd meeting.

The club, which claims members from San Carlos, Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Grantville, the College Area, Mt. Helix, Spring Valley, Santee as well as La Mesa, meets the first Wednesday of each month at the La Mesa Community Center at 4975 Memorial Dr. at University Avenue.

In our ongoing series exploring the effects of global climate change, greenhouse gases causing massive and catastrophic effects to our weather and environment, Admiral Hering should be a whole new source of great information for us.

Rear Admiral Leendert “Len” Hering Sr. (U.S. Navy, retired), is a prominent military and civilian sustainability leader with a broad background in energy and environmental issues. His passion in sustainability is educating people on the dangers the future holds without taking responsible actions to secure the nation’s energy independence and to preserve water, air quality and other resources.

A native of Portsmouth, Va., Hering retired from the Navy in 2009 after more than 32 years of service. He was noted as one of the Navy’s top experts in base operations and facility support with an emphasis on sustainability and the environment.

While in the Navy, Hering’s efforts included everything from renewable energy to responsible water use and conservation. He built a team recognized throughout the Department of Defense as the best in environmental protection and sustainable innovation. Within three years, the team reduced energy consumption by nearly 42%, diverted 75% of Navy waste from landfills and reduced water consumption by more than one billion gallons, saving tens of millions of taxpayer dollars. Hering instigated wind, thermal, photovoltaic and conversion technology at all levels in Navy facilities. President Bush awarded Hering a 2005 Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management in recognition of efforts reducing oil spills and for recycling.

In 2009, Hering joined the University of San Diego, where as vice president for business services and administration he initiated numerous sustainable measures on the campus. Within the two years he served, USD installed the largest solar system of any private campus in the country, instituted the most comprehensive water abatement project in the school’s history and reformed numerous business practices to help control costs. His efforts resulted in saving more that 3 million gallons of water per year and more than $1 million in electrical costs.

Hering’s endeavors include founding what is now the largest sustainability business partnership in San Diego County, the San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership, a consortium of business, government, academic and community organizations promoting practices that support a sustainable future for the region.  He now heads the Center for Sustainable Energy in Kearny Mesa.

A nonprofit social enterprise, CSE has facilitated 44,000 energy projects for consumers, businesses and governments. Through their market outreach and technical and policy expertise, over 130,000 people have been directly served by CSE programs.  CSE areas of expertise include clean transportation, distributed generation, building performance, energy efficiency, energy storage and renewable energy. They work with energy policy makers, regulators, federal, state and local governments, utilities, public agencies and business. Together, they are the catalysts for sustainable energy market development and transformation.  If you are thinking of putting solar panels on your roof, attend a free CSE workshop to learn all the do’s and don’ts. They’ll even give you lunch!

Before our June Meeting, on Saturday, May 30th, the LMFDC will once again be a participant in the annual La Mesa Flag Day Parade, a couple mile walk through the heart of La Mesa escorting many of our local and civic leaders.  As usual, President Obama will be leading our contingent in a special convertible, and our very professional Secret Service detail.  Don’t miss this fun event, and visit our website for time and meeting specifics.

And a quick heads up to mark your calendar for our return to Mission Trails Regional Park.  Our July 1st meeting will be our Annual Independence Day Celebration on the patio of the beautiful MTRP Interpretive Center.  We’ll again be providing dinner, some very special speakers, a silent auction, and beer and wine tasting on the patio.  And we’ll feature our now famous pie baking contest!  It’s an event that our members turned out in large numbers for last year, and this year will be even better.  More details to follow, but note that the evening of July 1st will be a special evening for our entire Democratic community!

View our new and improved website at http://www.lamesafoothillsdemocraticclub.com, and like us on Facebook.  Come to our June Meeting and hear Adm. Len Hering, and learn about steps you can take right now to save our imperiled planet.  Social hour is at 6:30 PM, and all are welcome to join us for refreshments and camaraderie.

Linda Armacost, Ed.D. President

La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club

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