Annual Energy Action Month to focus on innovation, smart use Published Oct. 2, 2023 By Sarah Amato 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – October is Energy Action Month, and the 88th Civil Engineer Group will mark it by hosting two guest speaker events on base. “Energy Action Month teaches base personnel that through individual or group efforts taken to promote energy awareness and conserve energy, we as a community can help improve our capability and resilience,” said Rick Papetti of 88 CEG’s Energy Management team. On Oct. 11, Meg Maloney, Dayton’s sustainability manager, will speak on the city’s energy strategy geared toward helping reduce emissions and save money for residents and facilities. This strategy includes energy procurement, energy-efficiency updates and exploration of renewable-energy options. Maloney, who will deliver remarks at 9 and 11 a.m. in Wright-Patt Club’s Fireside Room, will also discuss the process of starting a decarbonization strategy for the city with a goal of zero emissions by 2050. On Oct. 24, a guest speaker representing National Renewable Energy Laboratory will discuss installation energy-emerging topics at 9 and 11 a.m. in Wright-Patt Club’s Fireside Room. NREL is one of 17 Department of Energy laboratories and primary focuses on sustainable transportation and renewable energy. It supports the Defense Department through an interagency agreement while also working directly with other federal agencies, countries and industry. The guest speaker events are free and open to anyone with installation access. Each October, the Air Force highlights energy’s critical role in operations and mission continuity by encouraging smart use and management for installations, ground vehicles and aircraft. With a theme of “Powering Possibility,” this year’s campaign reflects the Air Force’s forward-looking approach to energy innovation and powering the future force. “My hope is that each year, Energy Action Month will remind us all of the importance of investment-resilient energy technologies and how such technologies can support and strengthen the combat readiness of our force today and in the future,” Papetti said. For more information on the guest speaker events, email Papetti at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 937-656-1981.