NASA Langley Celebrates Earth Day, Arbor Day
It's not every day that you walk into NASA Langley Research Center's cafeteria and see a fish tank. But on April 22, it served as one of many displays and exhibits during the center's Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration. In the image above, Todd Egerton and Matthew Semcheski of Old Dominion University (left and right) speak with Joan Hughes and Dan Pritchard about the living example of marine life and water conditions from local branches of the Chesapeake Bay.
There was an abundance of information about environmental programs at the center, including sustainable acquisition, which is the practice of purchasing environmentally preferable products that have a reduced effect on human health and the environment. The center invited a few guest exhibits, including the Hampton Roads Solar Group, who shared the benefits of solar energy, and 'Ask HR Green,' a public awareness program of the 16 cities and counties of Hampton Roads.
Presentations on Biochar and Green Purchasing took place in the NACA room of the cafeteria. Doris Hamill explained that Biochar is being made near the Hangar and that a small portion will be dispersed in the soil of the under-construction Integrated Services Engineering Building (IESB) to potentially improve water quality, reduce soil emissions of greenhouse gases, reduce nutrient leaching, reduce soil acidity, and reduce irrigation and fertilizer requirements. Some members of Langley's Garden Club are also using BioChar as a soil amendment to improve yield.
"I've been around science and technology for a long time, and I often hear that it is one hand or the other — it's the benefit or the cost," Hamill said. "But Biochar doesn't have one hand or the other."
It's "too green to be true," she presented.
There was also a garden cleanup at the Cloverdale Interpretive Garden, and in commemoration of Arbor Day, trees were planted on center.
Photo Credit: NASA/Dave Bowman