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 as a Surface Warfare Officer 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 ashore 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.
Today he is the Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy, a 501(c)3, whose mission is to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world powered by clean energy. The Center works with policy makers, public agencies, local governments, utilities, business, civic leaders and individuals to transform the energy marketplace and beyond.
Hering’s endeavors also 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.
When Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan on December 7, 1941, US citizensfeared another attack and war hysteria seized the country. President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, forcing 120,000 loyalAmericans of Japanese ancestry to relocate to ten isolated camps throughout the US. Hear the story of Cherry's life before and after an Arkansas camp, her survival and return to California.
SEE THE WORK THAT WAS DISPLAYEDThe 10th Annual OLLI Visual and Performing Arts Show was held on February 15, 2015. Under the Direction of Betty Hutchens, our student artists and talented performers showed off their skills! Thank you to Betty and her talented team of Art Show workers!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
11th Annual OLLI Art Show will start on February 12th with the Galllery event scheduled for February 21st.
Contact the OLLI office to submit work for the Show.