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Energy and Water Overview
April 11, 2013

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NASA implements energy efficiency processes in areas such as facility planning, design, construction, operations, maintenance, procurement, logistics, and other areas that impact consumption and supply of energy by following internal and external regulation and policy. Closely related, NASA’s stewardship of water resources includes management of drinking water, irrigation, storm water, waste water, wetlands, and other related natural resources issues. NASA’s goal is not only to conserve energy and water, but to protect the natural resources and environment which they effect. Specific NASA Energy and Water drives include:

  • Energy Efficient Buildings
  • Sustainable Design and Construction of new facilities
  • New energy efficient technology
  • Efficient maintenance and operation of new and existing buildings
  • Increase use of renewable energy whenever cost effective

NASA strives to be a leader in energy and water conservation. Some of its ambitious goals include:

  • By 2020, design all new buildings to achieve zero-net energy by FY 2030.
  • Reduce energy consumption per gross square foot of building area by 3% annually from FY 2003 baseline for FY 2006 – FY 2015 (30% Total).
  • Increase percentage of total electricity from renewable sources (3% FY 2007 – FY 2009; 5% FY 2010 – FY 2012; 7.5% FY 2013+).
  • Strive for at least half of the renewable energy from new renewable sources
  • Reduce per capita energy consumption through space management.
  • Reduce potable water use intensity by at least 26% by FY 2020.
  • Reduce industrial, landscaping, and agricultural water use by at least 20% by FY 2020.
  • Identify and implement water reuse strategies.
  • Achieve objectives established by EPA in Stormwater Guidance for Federal Facilities.
  • Incorporate appropriate reduction strategies for non-potable water use into Agency policy and planning.

This page is your portal to Energy and Water at NASA and gives you a bird’s-eye view of how NASA is working to achieve its Energy and Water Goals.

This image demonstrates the major components of the global water cycle, and shows how these components contribute to regulating the cycling of water in our environment. Credit: NASA/GSFC. To view a larger version of the above image and to learn more about the Water Cycle, click below:
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Page Last Updated: July 28th, 2013
Page Editor: NASA Administrator