January 2012 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Scorecard on Sustainability/Energy
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NASA continues to devote much effort and focus on executing its vision toward meeting its sustainability goals.
Sustainability concepts and thinking are inherent in our mission and goals, as outlined in the 2011 NASA Strategic Plan. Our mission is to “[d]rive advances in science, technology and exploration to enhance knowledge, education, innovation, economic vitality, and stewardship of Earth.” We are committed to environmental stewardship through Earth observation and science, as well as the development of green technologies and capabilities in NASA missions and facilities.
Our Center Sustainability Officers are in frequent contact with the NASA Senior Sustainability Officer and other sustainability planners, working to develop innovative plans for sustainable practices. We are refocusing efforts on fleet management, adapting to climate change, and energy savings across the agency.
Some highlights of NASA’s sustainability efforts through the past year are:
- We exceeded our renewable energy target, in part by adding more solar panels to our facilities. Utilizing an agency-wide energy strategy, we are emphasizing large projects that can make a significant difference for the agency as a whole rather than initiating smaller projects at each center. We also implemented system upgrades to an existing Refuse-Fired Stream Generating Facility that provides a more reliable energy supply for mission activities, and shares operation costs and benefits with a neighboring city. Currently 85 percent of the steam generated is a direct result of biomass and decreases our natural gas consumption by 50 million cubic feet. Goddard Space Flight Center pioneered the use of landfill gas (LFG) on a federal facility beginning in 2003; currently LFG supplies approximately 25 percent of Goddard's energy needs.
- Three of our buildings received a LEED Platinum rating in the last year: Ames Research Center completed a building known as “Sustainability Base”; Langley Research Center opened a new Headquarters building; and Kennedy Space Center completed another green building. These facilities join Johnson Space Center, which achieved the first LEED Platinum rating in 2010. These buildings exemplify NASA’s use of creative thinking and ingenuity to incorporate reuse of deconstructed building and NASA space technology into new structures and add to our sustainable building inventory of over 20 buildings.
- Dryden Flight Research Center, in the Southern California desert, broke ground earlier this year for its first planned LEED platinum building.
- Langley Research Center and Wallops Flight Facility, both in Virginia, received 2012 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award gold medals.
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