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5 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About the Unit Energy Manager Program

The Unit Energy Manager Program is part of the Marine Corps' Expeditionary Energy Strategy—  the Corps' attempt to reduce energy use Corps-wide. Here are 5 things you (probably) didn't know about the Unit Energy Manager Program. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Caitlin Brink/Released)

The Unit Energy Manager Program is part of the Marine Corps’ Expeditionary Energy Strategy— the Corps’ attempt to reduce energy use Corps-wide. Here are 5 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Unit Energy Manager Program. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Caitlin Brink/Released)

Fulfilling the Commandant’s Vision. 

The Commandant’s vision in the Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Strategy stated that “tenants and supported commands [will] identify an Energy Manager or representative at the individual unit or tenant level to coordinate unit and tenant involvement and actions as part of the installation’s overall Energy Program.” In 2013, Marine Corps Installations Command (MCICOM) released the Installations Energy Strategy, which titled this program the Unit Energy Manager (UEM) Program and called for the assignment of UEMs.

UEMs Will Drive the Energy Ethos.

The Marine Corps Energy Ethos is the shared vision that the efficient use of energy resources is a critical component of mission readiness. Marines who adopt the Energy Ethos create energy efficient habits that span from bases to battlefield. UEMs will educate fellow Marines about the many ways to conserve energy and water at work and at home.

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UEMs Will Have a Variety of Responsibilities.

A unit’s UEM will work to increase awareness on energy usage, cost, goals, and objectives; teach Marines specific energy-saving techniques; serve as the point of contact to Installation Energy Managers (IEMs), Marines, and operational leadership on unit energy matters; undergo energy trainings; identify potential energy saving opportunities; and generate work orders for facility energy efficiency projects. All of these efforts will enable operational and installation commands to have more visibility into the use of energy resources.

UEMs are Marines Working to Help the Unit.

UEMs will be appointed by their Unit Commander, and will be an E-4 or above. Ideal UEMs will have an interest in leadership, energy, or logistics and will apply those interests to support their unit’s mission. Marines can come to UEMs to point out leaky doors or windows, report broken or dripping faucets, request more efficient light bulbs, inquire about power strips, ask about energy use metrics, and more. UEMs will be able to work with IEMs, facilities staff, and other parties to respond to Marine inquiries.

Being a UEM Has Many Benefits.

UEMs will have an opportunity to develop expertise in the growing field of renewable energy; to receive promotion and award opportunities for excellent performance; to increase their knowledge of business, audits, management, communications, and planning; to gain exposure to leaders through reporting of energy data and communications efforts; and to experience being a unit leader, developing vital leadership skills, and gaining credibility.

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