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THE MILITARY GOES GREEN - Cutting Back on Fossil Fuel to Save Lives and Billions of Dollars


Written by: Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
Date: November 18, 2011

The event will review the many ways in which the military is making efforts to reduce its "Carbon Bootprint," and how these efforts can benefit civilian life.


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Presented by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center And "EARTH: The Operator's Manual" -- FREE, Reservation Required; Aboard the USS MIDWAY On TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2011; 6:30PM-8:30PM

San Diego, CA, November 18, 2011 -- Join the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for a night on the USS Midway to learn why and how the nation's single largest user of energy is cutting back on fossil fuel to save lives and billions of dollars.  Colonel Dan Nolan (US Army, Retired; Former Chief of CINC's Action Group, Central Command; Founder/CEO of Sabot 6, Inc.) and Mr. Stephen Worthington (Navy Region Southwest, Product Line Coordinator/Facility Management & Sustainment) will review the many ways in which the military is making efforts to reduce its "Carbon Bootprint," and how these efforts can benefit civilian life. The night will include specific details, featured in the PBS series, EARTH: The Operators Manual, illustrating measures the different branches within the US Military are taking and their local impact.

Transporting fuel in combat zones is perhaps the most dangerous job in the world.  Over 1,000 U.S. soldiers have died supporting these missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. When the military "goes green", and cuts back on gasoline for trucks and generators used for heating and cooling accommodations, energy efficiency can also lead to enhanced combat effectiveness.  Reducing the "Carbon Bootprint" will save lives, lessen risks, and reduce our tactical vulnerability, in a win-win for all concerned.  The Pentagon also operates bases larger in total land area than the state of Pennsylvania, and more than 300,000 buildings: what it learns overseas can also have beneficial energy efficiency and conservation consequences here at home, through spinoffs to civilian life.

FREE event. Limited seating. Reservation required. For more info or to register, call (619) 238-1233 ext.808.  Registration will open next week at; will send link ASAP.

FYI: Colonel Nolan, featured in Tom Friedman's "Hot, Flat and Crowded" as a leading "green hawk" and in the feature documentary, Carbon Nation, is a dynamic and knowledgeable speaker. He is available for advance telephone interviews, and will be available for TV/radio in-studio interviews on Monday, December 5!  Please call Susan Chicoine at 619-325-9416 or email me at to book a segment now!

About Dan Nolan

After a distinguished career of 26 years with the Army, retiring as Chief of the CINC's Action Group, Central Command, Dan Nolan became the Founder and CEO of Sabot 6, Inc., a company focused on recommending energy savings technologies as well as alternative and renewable energy power generation capabilities to the U.S. Government Energy Market, with special attention on the Department of Defense (DoD). As happened with GPS, satellites, radar and computers, innovations by the military often "spin off" into valuable contributions to civilian life.

While in the military, Dan served in key assignments, most recently with US Central Command in Tampa, Fl., where he was a principal advisor to the General Tommy Franks. He has spent time in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Iraq and Washington DC, and understands the complexity of these varied environments. In 2006, Dan was part of a team that developed the Power Surety Task Force (PSTF) to analyze the potential Joint Urgent Operational Needs Statement from a Marine Corps General requesting alternative energy sources in order to reduce the amount of fuel transported to supply power generation systems in forward areas. After leaving the PSTF in 2008, he continues to be tapped by the Federal Government for his expertise and was selected for the Marine Corps and the Air Force Energy Assessment Team and traveled to Afghanistan with multidisciplinary teams to assess energy use in forward operating areas.

He is currently serving as a member of the DARPA Energy Panel charted to consider DARPA involvement in the DoD Energy challenge for the future. Dan is a compelling speaker for both specialized and general audiences, and was featured in the critically acclaimed CARBON NATION feature documentary.

About Steven Worthington

Product Line Coordinator in Facility Management & Sustainment (FM&S)/NAVFAC SW. Steve Worthington was born in Kansas City, earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1978 and a Masters of Business Administration in 1981 both from the University of Kansas. Upon graduation, Steve entered federal service with the Navy at the Naval Aviation Depot (NADEP) Alameda, California (CA). Steve worked for the Navy in Guam starting in 2002 and since 2005 has worked for NAVFAC Southwest in San Diego. Steve is registered in CA as a Professional Engineer (PE) in both Civil and Industrial Engineering and also Registered Environmental Assessor (REA).

About the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center ("the Fleet") is home to Southern California's only IMAX® Dome Theater and 100+ hands-on science exhibits for all ages. Watch immersive giant-screen films in the IMAX Heikoff Dome Theater, featuring the world's first NanoSeam™ Dome screen in an IMAX Theater. Watch for our new state-of-the-art Digital Dome projection system in the new year!  Experience seven galleries of fun, interactive exhibits, including major traveling exhibitions. A hurricane simulator thrills visitors with gusts of wind up to 80 miles per hour. Enjoy sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in Galileo's Café. Find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store. Located at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd, the Fleet Science Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the public understanding and enjoyment of science and technology. For information regarding current admission prices, please call (619) 238-1233 or visit our website at

About "Earth: The Operators' Manual", (ETOM)

A PBS program on climate change, "Earth: The Operators' Manual" dispenses with politics, polemics or punditry; instead, it presents an objective, accessible assessment of the Earth's problems and possibilities that will leave viewers informed, energized and optimistic.  Host Richard Alley-a geologist, contributor to the United Nations panel on climate change and former oil company employee whom Andy Revkin of the New York Times once called "a cross between Woody Allen and Carl Sagan"-leads the audience on this engaging one-hour special about climate change and sustainable energy, premiering during Earth Month 2011. Alley's book of the same name, a companion to the program, is published by W.W. Norton & Company.  For more information visit

Dan Nolan's visit to San Diego is made possible by "Earth: The Operators' Manual", (ETOM), a TV+online+on-site education and outreach project on climate change and renewable energy, supported by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in ETOM are those of PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE / Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions, Inc., and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.

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