To view the pdf version of the January 2016 OMB Scorecard on Sustainability/Energy for NASA, click here.
The Scorecard results confirm the success of NASA efforts to use sound sustainability practices to enhance our ability to perform our missions. NASA continues to devote effort on executing its vision for meeting 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 innovative plans for sustainable practices.
Some highlights of NASA's sustainability efforts through the past fiscal year are:
- Johnson Space Center (JSC) awarded an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) to install a 12Megawatt Combined Heat and Power (CHP) cogeneration facility.
- With the award of the JSC ESPC, NASA has awarded energy projects totaling $114.3M investment value toward its President’s Performance Contracting Challenge target of $73.9M more than a year early.
- NASA completed the solar plant feasibility study at the White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) and is installing a 1.6MW solar plant.
- NASA continues to exceed reduction targets in water intensity, as well as Scope 1&2 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 was recognized by OMB as the best performing agency on meeting fleet goals.
NASA was awarded green ratings in Scope 1&2 Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Renewable Energy, Potable Water Intensity, and Fleet Petroleum Use. NASA received yellow ratings in Energy Intensity and Sustainable Green Buildings. Energy Intensity was a result of an unanticipated, temporary loss of a supply of landfill gas as a source of fuel for a Center and colder than normal weather conditions at several Centers. NASA performed well in meeting the goals for Guiding Principles for Sustainable Green Buildings. NASA exceeds the requirement for Sustainable Green Buildings to make up at least 15% of the gross square footage [GSF] of the entire inventory of buildings over 5,000 GSF. However, it was yellow because the metric that is based on the number of buildings. NASA does not meet the goal that the number of Sustainable Green Buildings be at least 15% of the total number of buildings (over 5,000 GSF). Both of these metrics must be achieved in order to receive a green rating.
NASA continues to increase its inventory of Sustainable Green Buildings and added five more buildings in fiscal year 2015 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. In one case, Kennedy Space Center used concrete rubble and debris from a number of site and building deconstruction projects to rebuild, preserve, and replenish wildlife viewing areas, the coastal shoreline, and a major transportation causeway protecting sensitive environments. While at Ames Research Center the Collaborative Support Facility (LEED Platinum) reused oak flooring from the deconstructed 14-foot transonic wind tunnel in the building lobbies adding warmth to the spaces and providing a connection to the historic sense of Ames. Furthermore, the facility uses a water reclamation and filtration system based on a forward and reverse osmosis process with specially engineered osmotic membranes, technology originally developed for space station water reuse systems. As a result, as measured by GSF, nearly 20% of NASA’s inventory meets the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Buildings.
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