The Youngstown Air Reserve Station, home of the Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing, is ramping up efforts to save energy, including changing the culture and instilling a “green” mindset.
For example, the 910th was the first installation in the Air Force Reserve Command to completely re-lamp all buildings with state-of-the-art fluorescent- lighting technology improving work space illumination while improving energy consumption, said Maj. Brent Davis, 910th information officer.
During October, Energy Action Month throughout the Air Force, members of the Airlift Wing continued their year-round effort to promote ways everyone can pitch in to save energy, Davis said.
Energy-awareness posters are displayed throughout the Youngstown Air Reserve Station to remind personnel that saving energy is of major importance, not only to the Air Force Reserve and the Department of Defense, but to the government as a whole.
Everett Wilson, 910th energy manager, said instilling the “green” mindset during technical training is a common-sense place to start.
Also, he said, a new addition to each building manager’s handbook is under way that emphasizes energy-conservation methods that are practical for everyday use.
“It’s hoped that these methods will find their way into base employees’ personal lives as well, helping them to save money at home,” he added.
“Culture change is a key component in the overall effort to raise awareness and meet energy goals,” said Col. Teresa Hams, commander of the 910th Mission Support Group.
“If we continue to take action, we can make a major difference in saving energy and taxpayer dollars,” Hams said. “I’m very proud to say that Youngstown has been at the forefront of this effort long before it became a mandate.”
October as Energy Action Month also is important because it’s the beginning of a new fiscal year. The 910th’s energy expense and cost savings is a major concern that is a continuous priority, Wilson said.
“We’ve installed a base-wide, energy-management system in all our inhabited buildings for greater control of utility costs,” said Bob Woods, 910th base civil engineer.
“We’ve also replaced inefficient lighting with highly efficient illumination on our flight line that provides better security conditions while at the same time reducing the amount of energy used,” he added.