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Adm. Len Hering, RADM, USN (Ret.)

Rear Admiral Leendert "Len" Hering Sr. USN, (retired), is a prominent military and civilian sustainability leader with a broad background in energy and environmental issues. His passion in sustainability lies in educating people on the dangers the future holds without taking responsible actions to secure he nation's energy independence and to preserve water, air quality, and other resources.


While in the Navy, Hering's efforts 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. Hering instigated wind, thermal, photovoltaic, conversion technology, and alternative fuel use at all levels in Navy facilities. President Bush awarded Hering a 2005 Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management. 

From 2009 to 2012, Hering joined the University of San Diego, where as vice president for business services and administration he initiated numerous sustainable measures on the campus, including the installation of the largest PV system of any private non-profit university in the nation. 

From 2012 to 2018, Hering served as the Executive Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy. The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) provides people with information, incentives, and opportunities to help make these choices easier. Their mission is to work with policy makers, public agencies, local governments, utilities, business and civic leaders, and individuals to transform the nation's energy marketplace and beyond.

Today Hering serves as Executive Director of "I Love a Clean San Diego," a non-profit focused on making America's finest city America's cleanest, most environmentally conscious city. He also proudly serves on a number of non-profit boards and is an active military advisor to the Center for Climate and National Security. 

Hering holds a B.S. in Meteorology and Oceanography from S.U.N.Y. Maritime College, an M.S. in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and an M.B.M. from Salve Regina University. 

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