San Diego Business Journal

Retired ‘Navy Mayor’ to Lead Energy Nonprofit

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The California Center for Sustainable Energy recently announced the appointment of retired Rear Adm. Len Hering as executive director of the nonprofit organization.

Alan Ball, chairman of CCSE’s board of directors, said in a statement that Hering was selected after a nationwide search.

“CCSE’s entire board of directors is very excited to have an individual with Adm. Hering’s sustainability credentials take over leadership of our organization,” Ball said in a news release. “We are confident that Hering, working with CCSE’s talented staff, can provide the knowledge, skills and direction to take the organization to higher levels, offering its energy services statewide and beyond.”

Hering founded the San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership, a group of community businesses and organizations dedicated to supporting and promoting sustainable practices for San Diego. He has also been recognized for his dedication to environmentally friendly and sustainable practices in the U.S. Navy and the local community.

During Hering’s 32 years in the Navy, he built a team to help ensure environmental protection and sustainable innovation and carried out projects that resulted in a 42 percent reduction in energy consumption, diversion of 75 percent of Navy waste from landfills and reduced water consumption by more than one million gallons, according to a news release.

As commander of Navy Region Southwest, Hering ran military bases in several states, and held the informal title of “Navy mayor.”

He has received multiple awards for both his efforts to ensure sound environmental policies in the Navy and his work to institute sustainable practices including water conservation and reduction and solar energy initiatives while serving as vice president for business services and administration at the University of San Diego from 2009-2012.

According to a news release, he was selected as one of San Diego’s Top 100 Influentials in 2006-07, and was named San Diego’s Deal Maker of the Year in 2008. He was the winner of the 2008 Spirit of San Diego Award and the 2010 American Lung Association Climate Champion Award.

Hering succeeds CCSE’s previous executive director, Irene M. Stillings, who served as executive director from 2002-2012.

The California Center for Sustainable Energy is a locally based nonprofit that aims to work with key figures in California’s energy sector to meet the state’s energy goals.

— SDBJ Staff Report