Building 4601, an engineering facility at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Image Credit: NASA
More than a half-century of NASA accomplishments in space are being complemented by more recent initiatives to provide for a sustainable future on Planet Earth and sustaining the exploration of the universe. Since the 1960s the Agency has developed technologies that optimize energy efficiency while recycling water, reducing water and energy use and protecting air quality. Today green engineering is helping to ensure that NASA accomplishes its mission by minimizing and mitigating risks, especially those from materials that are obsolete or restricted by national and international environmental regulations. Green engineering is also enhancing mission effectiveness and efficiency by increasing multiple uses of materials and the reuse of wastewater and air in closed systems, while reducing weight and minimizing exposure to hazardous materials on long-term missions.
NASA's goal is to promote strategic life cycle management throughout the Agency. This initiative includes processes and tools for the research and development of technology, materials, hardware, systems and new energy sources. In all these areas, NASA is undertaking advances that are inherently less costly, maintain or improve performance and are safer for the public. Green engineering also involves the design of materials, processes, systems and devices over the entire life cycle of a product or project.
This page is your portal to everything Green Engineering at NASA, and gives you a mile-high view of NASA's Green Engineering efforts.