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The Blue Marble Awards
 

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The Blue Marble Awards Certificate
This certificate is given out to each award winner and is specific to each category. It is signed by the Administrator, the Environmental Executive and the Environmental Management Division Director.

NASA's Environment and Energy "Blue Marble" Awards recognizes groups and individuals demonstrating exceptional environmental leadership in support of NASA's missions and goals and are presented every two years.

Purpose

The "Blue Marble" Awards Program contributes to NASA's mission in many ways including: 1) Raising internal awareness of the important role employees and contractors play, often behind the scenes, in enabling environmentally sound mission success; 2) providing a NASA-wide approach to meeting specific employee recognition requirements found in Executive Order 13423 – Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management; and 3) Facilitating nominations to external environment and energy award programs, including the White House's Closing the Circle Awards which recognizes outstanding achievements by Federal employees in promoting environmental stewardship.

History

As part of NASA's award program, the NASA Environment and Energy Award Program was initiated in 2006 as an approved Special NASA Awards Program (NPR 3451.1) that recognizes NASA civil service employees and contractor personnel who demonstrate environmental leadership in carrying out NASA's mission. These honorary, non-monetary awards are also referred to as the NASA "Blue Marble" Awards. At this time, the awards are presented biennially at an awards ceremony held in conjunction with the NASA Environmental and Energy Conference. The next conference and award ceremony is scheduled for 2014.

 

Excellence in Environmental Leadership


"Blue Marble" Award presented to individuals and team leaders of winning groups.


"Blue Marble" Coin presented to team members of winning groups and individuals.

"Blue Marble" Award Categories

There are three "Blue Marble" Award categories:

  • The NASA Environmental Quality Award- Nominations can be made in any one or more of the five following subcategories: a) greening the government, b) environmental management, c) conservation, d) environmental remediation, and e) environmental communication.
  • The NASA Excellence in Energy and Water Management Award- Nominations can be made in any one or more of the following three subcategories: a) energy efficiency, b) water conservation, and c) renewable energy use.
  • The NASA EMD Director's Environment and Energy Award- The Director's Award recognizes exceptional leadership or professionalism in enabling environmentally sound mission success at NASA facilities or during NASA sponsored activities.

"Blue Marble" Awards Criteria

Award winners are determined using five equally weighted factors:

  1. Impact to Mission
  2. Scope of Impact
  3. Scalability/Extensibility
  4. Ingenuity/Creativity/Leadership
  5. Teamwork/Collaboration

"Blue Marble" Awards Administration

The Office of Infrastructure, Environmental Management Division (EMD) is responsible for administering the "Blue Marble" Award Program. EMD provides staff support for the award program and is responsible for forming an intra-agency Award Committee who is makes recommendations to the Assistant Administrator for Infrastructure who makes the final determination of the award recipients.

Past Winners

Since 2006, twenty-six Blue Marble Awards have been presented to fourteen individuals and twelve groups (totaling 257 individuals).

 

2012 Winners



Blue Marble Awards 2012 Program Cover - A picture of the Earth as viewed from the Moon
"The NASA HQ Environmental Management Division is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Blue Marble Awards for Environmental and Energy excellence! For more information, please access the Award program here.

NASA Environmental Quality Award-Individual

Bryon Maynard-
New Artificial Reefs for the Mississippi Gulf Coast (SSC)

NASA Environmental Quality Award-Group

Sustainable Demolition Team (LaRC)

NASA Excellence in Energy and Water Management Award-Group

Langley New Town Phase I Design-Build Team

NASA Director's Environment and Energy Award-Individual

Denise Thaller - Exceptional Leadership in Establishing Agency's First Center Sustainability Plan at KSC
Keith Peecook - Exceptional Leadership in completion for the Decommissioning of the Plum Brook Reactor (GRC)

NASA Director's Environment and Energy Award-Group

Shuttle Program Transition and Retirement Environmental Management Team (KSC)

NASA Environmental Management Director James Leatherwood, right, presented the individual NASA Environmental Quality Award to NASA engineer Bryon Maynard during a ceremony Thursday at John C. Stennis Space Center. Maynard was recognized for his role in converting a 107,000-gallon liquid hydrogen sph
NASA Environmental Management Director James Leatherwood, right, presented the individual NASA Environmental Quality Award to NASA engineer Bryon Maynard during a ceremony Thursday at John C. Stennis Space Center. Maynard was recognized for his role in converting a 107,000-gallon liquid hydrogen sphere and two other obsolete tanks at Stennis into offshore artificial reefs deployed south of Pascagoula. (Submitted Photo)

 

Click here to view the press release for the 2012 Blue Marble Awards ceremony.

 

2010 Winners



Cover of the 2010 Blue Marble Awards Program, depicting the Earth as seen from the Moon
"The NASA HQ Environmental Management Division is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Blue Marble Awards for Environmental and Energy excellence! For more information, please access the Award program here.

NASA Environmental Quality Award – Group

An Event That is Changing a Culture: NASA Waste to Disney Dirt (KSC)
Team Lead: Justin Junod
Team Members: Francis Kline, Janet Bethay, Samantha Dunscombe, Alice Smith, Kimberly Finch, Lin Sensenig, Jerry Vollenweider, Charlie Reed, and Maggie Forbes

NASA Environmental Quality Award – Individual

Barbara Naylor (KSC) - Cultural Resource Management at KSC

NASA Excellence in Energy and Water Management Award – Group

Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Team (JSC) - Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Program
Team Lead: Robert D. Way
Team Members: Wayne Hale, Jose Morales, Vicki Dautrich, Jerry Rowlands, Chris Provenzano, David Popham, Ron Williams, Dennis Klekar, Melissa McKinley, Yong Yi, Jeffrey White, Doug Conover, Juan Etheridge, and Neil MacNeil

NASA Excellence in Energy and Water Management Award – Individual

Leslie Prufert-Bebout, Ph.D. (ARC) – Basic research utilizing algae to produce carbon-neutral renewable energy (diesel fuel, methane, and hydrogen) for NASA Exploration, Aeronautics, and national needs.

NASA Director's Environment and Energy Award – Group

NASA Causeway Seawall Project Team (KSC) - Successful Integration of Independent Projects to Obtain and Reuse Demolished Concrete in KSC Coastal Revetment Project.
Team Lead: Daniel H. Hull
Team Members: Steven Peterson, Francis Kline, Kevin Miller, Scott Stilwell, Kimberly Finch, Lester Howard, and John Shaffer

NASA Director's Environment and Energy Award – Individual

Mr. Michael Blotzer (SSC) – Environmental Management since 1990

 

2008 Winners



Cover of the 2008 Blue Marble Awards Program.
"NASA Headquarters EMD is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2008 "Blue Marble" Award for Environmental and Energy Excellence demonstrated during Fiscal Year 2007. There ceremony was held on September 22, 2008 in Newport News, Virginia.

NASA HQ EMD is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2008 Blue Marble Awards for environmental and energy excellence demonstrated during 2007.

NASA Environmental Quality Award (Group)

Constellation Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Team (Representing Multiple Centers)- Constellation Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Development

NASA Environmental Quality Award (Individual)

Ms. Radel L. Bunker-Farrah (Representing White Sands Test Facility)- Exceptional Management of the WSTF Environmental Program

NASA Excellence in Energy & Water Management Award (Group)

JPL Facilities Energy Team (Representing the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)- The JPL Energy Management Program

NASA Excellence in Energy & Water Management Award (Individual)

Mr. Bruce Chesson (Representing Kennedy Space Center)- Energy Conservation and Environmental Awareness for Government Transportation

NASA Director's Environmental Award (Group)

KSC Environmental Assurance & Promotion of Sustainable Practices in Construction & Demolition Activities Team (Representing Kennedy Space Center)- KSC Environmental Assurance & Promotion of Sustainable Practices in Construction & Demolition Activities

NASA Director's Environmental Award (Individual)

Mr. Richard A. Wickman (Representing Headquarters)- Former Deputy Director of the Environmental Management Division

Special Awards

Ms. Merilee Fellows (Representing the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)- NASA Manager for Community Involvement for Environmental Remediation Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Ms. Sandra Parker (Representing Johnson Space Center)- Attwater's Prairie Chicken Endangered Species Recovery Project

 

2007 Winners



NASA Environmental Quality Award (Individual)

Mr. Timothy S. Howell (Representing Ames Research Center) - Monk Hill Treatment System Agreement with the City of Pasadena and the California Institute of Technology

NASA Environmental Quality Award (Group)

CITE Stand Historic Property Mitigation Team (Representing Kennedy Space Center) - Mitigation for the Removal of the CITE Stands from the Operations and Checkout Building on Kennedy Space Center.
Mario Busacca - NASA Civil Servant
Barbara A. Naylor - NASA Civil Servant
Joan Deming - ACI
Patricia Slovinac - ACI
Penny Bailes - ACI sub
Teresa Norman - ACI sub

NASA Excellence in Energy and Water Management Award (Group)

Energy Management Team (EMT) (Representing Marshall Space Flight Center) - MSFC's No Cost Logic Change Saves More than $50,000 per Year the Central Chilled Water Plant
Cedreck G. Davis - NASA Civil Servant
Dennis C. Foster - NASA Civil Servant
Donald W. Robinson - Mainthia
Douglas M. Faust - Mainthia
Harry J. Powell - Mainthia
Juergen Haukohl - SEI
Nelson C. Olinger - NASA Civil Servant
Norman D. Hawes - NASA Civil Servant
Phillip Mark Henderson - NASA Civil Servant
Richard C. Brunell - NASA Civil Servant
Robert S. Talianko - SEI
Robert T. Miller - NASA Civil Servant
Vincent J. Guarin - NASA Civil Servant

NASA EMD Director's Environment and Energy Award (Individual)

Mr. James Allen Elliott (Representing Marshall Space Flight Center) - Environmental Leadership in Achieving Sustainable Operations.

NASA EMD Director's Environment and Energy Award (Group)

Emulsified Zero-Valent Iron Remediation Team (Representing TBD) - Emulsified Zero-Valent Iron (EZVI) - A treatment technology designed to attack contamination found in the environment.
Jacqueline W. Quinn, PhD - NASA Civil Servant
Cherie L. Geiger, PhD - University of Central Florida
Christian Clausen III, PhD - University of Central Florida
Debra R. Reinhart, PhD - University of Central Florida
Kathleen B. Brooks - NASA Civil Servant

 

2006 Winners



Cover of the 2006 Blue Marble Awards Program, depicting the Earth as seen from the Moon
NASA's Environmental Executive and Acting AA for Infrastructure & Administration, Olga Dominguez, has announced the winners of the 2006 Blue Marble Awards! Attached is the program for the Awards Ceremony, June 5, 2006, held in conjunction with NASA's biannual Environmental & Energy Conference. The program lists the winners of both individual and group awards and includes a summary of their 2005 accomplishments.

NASA Environmental Quality Award (Individual)

Mr. Calvin Williams, Facilities Program Manager: Championing NASA's Green Building/Sustainable Design Standards

NASA Environmental Quality Award (Group)

Shuttle Environmental Assurance Team, MSFC

NASA Excellence in Energy & Water Management Award (Individual)

Mr. Larry A. Viterna (Representing Glenn Research Center) - Enabling Increased Efficiency of Wind Tunnels and Renewable Wind Energy Systems

NASA Excellence in Energy & Water Management Award (Group)

MSFC Energy Management Team

NASA Director's Environmental & Energy Award (Individual)

Burton R. Summerfield, Kennedy Space Center
Sandy Olliges, Ames Research Center

NASA Director's Environmental & Energy Award (Group)

MSFC Clean Air Act (CAA) Principal Center Team

 

For more information contact:

Tina Borghild Norwood, Coordinator
Blue Marble Awards Program
tnorwood@hq.nasa.gov

The 2012 Blue Marble Awards ceremony was held in May, 2012. For information about the winners and the ceremony, please visit the NASA Sharepoint Blue Marble website. [Internal Use Only]

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