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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.
Some highlights of NASA's sustainability efforts through the past fiscal year are:
- NASA Centers awarded energy projects totaling $15.4M investment value under Energy Savings Performance Contracts and Utility Energy Services Contracts in FY 2012.
- We exceeded the renewable energy target by building on our Agency-wide strategy of emphasizing identification of large projects that can make a significant difference for the Agency, rather than initiating smaller projects at each Center. In keeping with this strategy, NASA contracted with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to perform a feasibility study at the NASA White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) for a solar plant installation and also contacted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Partnership to support an initial CHP feasibility study for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. This CHP will use natural gas and landfill gas to generate electricity.
- NASA continues to exceed reduction targets in energy and water intensity, as well as Scope 1&2 Greenhouse Gas emissions.
- NASA uses only fuel efficient vehicles for its executive fleet and exceeds petroleum reduction and alternative fuel increase usage goals.
- NASA continued to increase the percentage of construction and demolition debris and non-construction solid waste diverted from landfills. The Agency more than doubled the total amount of materials composted from approximately 3 million pounds in FY 2011 to 7 million pounds in FY 2012.
NASA was awarded green ratings in all but one area, receiving a yellow rating in Green Buildings. While NASA exceeds the requirement that nine percent of gross square footage [GSF] of its building inventory over 5,000 GSF meets the Guiding Principles, it does not meet the 9% metric when measuring the number of buildings meeting Guiding Principles within NASA's building inventory. Both of these metrics must be achieved in order to receive a green rating.
NASA continues to increase its sustainable building inventory and added four more buildings that achieved platinum, gold or silver LEED certification, exemplifying NASA's use of creative thinking and ingenuity to incorporate reuse of deconstructed building and NASA space technology into new structures.
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