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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 2014 NASA Strategic Plan. Our mission is to "drive 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 Chief Sustainability Officer and other sustainability planners, working to develop and implement innovative plans for sustainable practices.
Some highlights of NASA's sustainability efforts through the past fiscal year are:
- NASA awarded energy projects totaling $49.7M investment value toward its President’s Performance Contracting Challenge target of $73.9M by the end of 2016.
- NASA is implementing a new Agency-wide strategy of emphasizing identification of large renewable energy projects that can make a significant difference for the Agency, in addition to 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 could be designed to use natural gas and landfill gas to generate electricity.
- NASA continues to exceed reduction targets in water intensity, as well as Scope 1&2 and Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas emissions.
- NASA uses only fuel efficient vehicles for its motor vehicle fleet and exceeds petroleum reduction and alternative fuel increase usage goals.
- NASA continues to increase its inventory of sustainable buildings and added six more buildings in fiscal year 2014 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.
NASA was awarded green ratings in Scope 1&2 and Scope 3 Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Renewable Energy, Potable Water Intensity, and Fleet Petroleum Use. NASA received yellow ratings in Energy Intensity and Green Buildings. Energy Intensity was affected by colder weather conditions and demolition of old, inefficient buildings. Although the demolition program reduces overall energy usage, unfortunately, the resulting reduction in overall square footage also raised the energy usage per square foot. For Green Buildings, while NASA exceeds the requirement that 13% of gross square footage (GSF) of its building inventory over 5,000 GSF meets the Guiding Principles, it does not meet the 13% metric when measuring the number of buildings meeting Guiding Principles within the entirety of NASA's building inventory. Both of these metrics must be achieved in order to receive a green rating.
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