Rear Adm. Len Hering Sr.Rear Admiral US Navy (Ret)
Rear Admiral Leendert “Len” Hering Sr. is a member of the Center for Climate and Security’s Advisory Board. A native of Portsmouth, Va., he retired from the US Navy in 2009 after serving with distinction for over 32 years. A Surface Warrior by trade he rose to become a prominent military and civilian sustainability leader with a broad background in base operations, facility support, energy and environmental issues. His passion in sustainability lies in educating people on the dangers the future holds without taking responsible actions to address climate change, securing our nation’s energy independence, preserving access to clean water, air quality and other resources.
Hering holds a B.S. in Meteorology and Oceanography from S.U.N.Y. Maritime College, a M.S in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and an M.B.M from Salve Regina University.
His sea assignments included duty aboard USS Santa Barbara (AE 28), USS Fahrion (FFG 22); USS Aries (PHM 5) as Commanding Officer and USS Doyle (FFG 39) as Commanding Officer. His assignments ashore include duty on the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron Twelve; aide and administrative assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Naval Warfare; Action Officer Joint Operations Directorate J-33, The Joint Staff; 1st Battalion Officer and Ethics Instructor, U.S. Naval Academy and Commanding Officer of Naval Base San Diego.
His Flag Officer assignments include Commander, Naval Surface Group Pacific Northwest; Commander, Navy Region Northwest, and Commander, Navy Region Southwest.
While a Flag Officer, his principle efforts were focused on everything from renewable energy to responsible water use and conservation of all types. He built a team recognized throughout the Department of Defense as the best in environmental protection and sustainable innovation. Within three years, the team reduced energy consumption by nearly 42%, diverted 70% of Navy waste from landfills and reduced water consumption by more than one billion gallons, saving tens of millions of taxpayer dollars. Hering instigated wind, thermal, photovoltaic and conversion technology at all levels in Navy facilities. President Bush awarded Hering a 2005 Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management.