STS-111 orbiting the Earth
Extratropical Cyclones near Iceland
Mission, Goals, and Objectives
NASA's Environmental Management Programs include advancing environmental stewardship, identifying and mitigating environmental consequences of project activities, compliance with existing environmental regulations and statutes, and environmental clean-up needs that result from historic practices. In all of these areas, open and ongoing communications are critical to stakeholder understanding and support of NASA's activities. Risk Communication is the two-way exchange of technical and scientific information between NASA and its stakeholders. For example, the Environmental Compliance and Restoration (ECR) Program is responsible for cleaning up NASA's contaminated sites to protect human health and the environment. Risk Communication and an active community outreach/involvement effort is a central part of NASA restoration efforts to build awareness and maintain public support for these activities. Improved public communication of NASA's ECR activities is a goal of the NASA HQ Environmental Management System (EMS).
How Risk Communication Supports NASA’s Mission
A formal Risk Communication and community outreach/involvement strategy allows NASA to implement environmental stewardship programs and restoration and cleanup projects with the support of the local community and various stakeholder groups. Early involvement and communication increases collaboration and understanding, builds trust and credibility, and reduces the potential for conflict. Risk Communication can also improve NASA's environmental risk management decision-making.
Risk Communication Regulatory Drivers
NASA Procedural Directives (NPDs) and NASA Procedural Requirements (NPRs)
Risk Communication Points of Contact
James Leatherwood - Director, EMD
Mike McNeill - Deputy Director, EMD
Merrilee Fellows - Public Affairs Specialist for Risk Communication, (NASA HQ, based at JPL)
Mark Schoppet - ECR Program Manager, EMD