NASA's sustainability policy is to execute NASA’s mission without compromising our planet’s resources so that future generations can meet their needs. Sustainability also involves taking action now to provide a future where the environment and living conditions are protected and enhanced. In implementing sustainability practices, NASA manages risks to mission, risks to the environment, and risks to our communities. To this end, NASA seeks to use public funds efficiently and effectively, promote the health of the planet, and operate in a way that benefits our neighbors.
On October 5, 2009, President Obama signed EO 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. This Executive Order (EO) built upon and expanded requirements outlined in EO 13423, Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management. In addition to outlining new requirements for greenhouse gas management and sustainable buildings and communities, to mention only a few of the requirements, the new EO requires NASA and all Federal agencies to develop, implement, and annually update a Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP).
NASA ensured that its SSPP followed closely the templates and guidance provided by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for developing Agency sustainability plans.
The 2014 NASA SSPP is composed of:
- The 2014 Policy Statement,
- Executive Summary, including a progress review,
- NASA size and scope table,
- Evaluation of Previous Year's Strategies, and
- Goal Sections consisting of progress graphs and strategies to be implemented over the next year.
The 2014 Plan is required to address the following 10 goals:
GOAL 1: Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction
GOAL 2: Sustainable Buildings
GOAL 3: Fleet Management
GOAL 4: Water Use Efficiency and Management
GOAL 5: Pollution Prevention and Waste Reduction
GOAL 6: Sustainable Acquisition
GOAL 7: Electronic Stewardship and Data Centers
GOAL 8: Renewable Energy
GOAL 9: Climate Change Resilience GOAL 10: Energy Performance Contracts
NASA has been on the path to achieve long-term sustainability goals for many years through numerous efforts in energy conservation, recycling, water management, pollution prevention, design and construction, maintenance and operations, master planning, and electronic stewardship, to mention a few. NASA Policy Directive 8500, NASA Environmental Management, states that “NASA will execute the mission without compromising our planet’s resources so that future generations can meet their needs.” We owe it to the future NASA employees and American citizens in the generations yet to come.
If you have any questions or comments about the SSPP, please feel free to send comments to:
James Leatherwood Environmental Management Division NASA Headquarters, Suite 5E39 Washington, DC 20546 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (202) 358-0230
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