Local nonprofit Sustainable Surplus Exchange (SSE) has named U.S. Navy Retired Rear Admiral Leendert “Len” Hering Sr. to their board of directors. RADM Hering is the executive director of the Center for Sustainable Energy, a 501(c)(3) with the mission to create a sustainable world powered by clean energy. He is a prominent military and civilian sustainability leader with a broad background in energy and environmental issues. His passion in sustainability is educating people on the dangers the future holds without taking responsible actions to secure the nation’s energy independence and to preserve water, air quality, and other resources. “Len brings the depth of experience and knowledge of sustainable practices that are core to our impact,” said SSE Executive Director Sue Prelozni. RADM Hering commented, “Being sustainable includes responsible reuse of materials and resources. SSE provides a path for that to happen and I want to see that idea become mainstream.”

SSE has redirected $2.2 million of items – everything from office supplies and furniture to computers and lab equipment – to more than 450 local schools, nonprofits, and start-up businesses. Sue explained, “What we do makes sense for our community organizations in need, supports our environment by diverting useful materials from the landfill, and gives corporations a solution to manage their surplus.” To learn more visit www.sustainablesurplus.org.