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Center Initiatives
November 6, 2014

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Ames Research Center Initiatives



Energy Servers Deliver Clean, Affordable Power

Bloom Energy, in conjunction with Ames Research Center, has developed small, efficient fuel cells that can be used on long term space missions, such as human missions to Mars. Because of the effectiveness of the fuel cells Bloom Energy has now begun developing the technology for commercial use and believes within the next 10 years it will be cost-effective for homes.

Energy Servers Deliver Clean, Affordable Power
Sustainable Systems at Ames

NASA's sustainable systems focus on advanced technology and system engineering for NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (Exploration Life Support) as well as sustainability projects supporting the green government initiative to develop cleaner and greener facilities.

Sustainable systems
Sustainable Life Support Systems

NASA's Exploration Life Support program is working to develop advanced technologies and systems that support humans in extended space exploration. They're focusing mainly on mission self-sufficiency by minimizing mass, power and volume requirements through regeneration of vital resources.

Sustainable life support systems
Ames Ecosystem Research

The Ecosystems research at NASA Ames is focused on studying how ecosystems respond to environmental change. Research methods vary from the use of satellite imagery to local measurements from the ground. Researchers are particularly interested in things such as species composition, changes in gene expression, and changes in carbon dioxide flux from soils.

Ames ecosystem research
Ames Energy Conservation and Management Projects

This site provides a brief description of the various energy management and conservation projects at NASA's Ames Research Center.

Energy conservation
Ames Greenspace Water Conservation Project

NASA Ames Research Center is working hard to reduce its carbon footprint, encourage sustainable institutional practices, and motivate employees to choose environmentally-responsible work and lifestyle habits.

Ames water conservation
Clean Energy Program at Ames

Researchers at Ames are currently conducting research and development of clean energy technologies for NASA mission needs in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate and the Science Mission Directorate. Research has been focused on advancing bio-fuels, solar, and wind technologies that also help reduce our nation's dependence on petroleum based fuels.

Clean energy program at Ames
NASA Ames Sustainability Base

The NASA Ames Sustainability Base is unlike any government building ever created. Using innovations originally intended for space travel and exploration, the 50,000 square foot lunar shaped building is simultaneously a working office space, a showcase for NASA technology and an evolving exemplar for the future of buildings.

NASA Ames Sustainability Base
Greenspace - Earth and Environment at AMES

Although first and foremost a space agency, NASA also rigorously studies our own planet to help policymakers and citizens better understand and address the impacts of climate change. NASA's constant earth monitoring capabilities provide valuable data for scientific analysis and assessment of earth science systems.

NASA Greenspace

To visit the Ames Environmental Management Division website, click here.

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Dryden Flight Research Center

To visit the Dryden website, click here.

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Glenn Research Center

To visit the Glenn website, click here.

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Glenn Research Center, Plum Brook Station, Ohio

To visit the Plum Brook Station website, click here.

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Goddard Space Flight Center Initiatives

Wetlands Management at GSFC

Goddard Space Flight Center monitors the health and vitality of the wetlands surrounding the Greenbelt, MD, facility. They've learned from their monitoring that many invasive species have take up residence in the wetlands, which pose a threat to potentially over take the ecosystem. Volunteer invasive species removal activities have been setup by GSFC in 2009, and 2010.

GSFC wetlands
Spacecraft Cleanroom Goes Green

Goddard Space Flight Center has begun implementing green technologies into all facets of its facility, including its "cleanrooms". This new, sustainable design will allow for the same levels of cleanliness and quality, while using 30% less energy than past cleanrooms.

Spacecraft cleanroom goes green

To visit the Goddard Medical and Environmental Management Division website, click here.

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory Initiatives

Getting a Charge out of Wasted Automobile Heat

NASA engineers are exploring a way to utilize car heat to make automobiles more efficient. Researchers are developing way to transfer heat emitted from cars into fuel, which would reduce the emissions produced by each car and would save the consumer money.

Getting a Charge out of Wasted Automobile Heat
Air-Sea Interaction & Climate research initiative at JPL

At the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology they're using space-based observations as well as ground based measurements to study the coupled ocean-atmosphere system. They're studying how those exchanges force ocean circulation and distribute heat, water, greenhouse gases, and nutrients stored in the ocean.


To visit the JPL website, click here.

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Johnson Space Center Initiatives


JSC Sustainability Initiatives

Every major initiative associated with change requires awareness and action.  Lasting (or sustainable) behavior change comes from intrinsic, personal motivation to maintain the change long-term. In many cases, efforts that support the concept of environmental sustainability have been underway since the JSC complex first opened.  The challenge of developing a sustainability initiative based on education and awareness is integrating what is already being done, with what needs to be done better, and effectively communicating that to the rest of JSC to affect change.  

Engineers Without Borders

Johnson Space Center has partnered with EWB to bring NASA engineers and technology to communities that are underdeveloped. NASA engineers have traveled to Africa to help create sustainable systems that will deliver necessary resources to the community. Using technology developed by NASA, such as water-treatment systems, EWB can provide clean drinking water to those who would normally not have it.

Engineers Without Borders

JSC Sustainability Engagement Strategy

At the beginning of every fiscal year, JSC will release an updated version of the Sustainability Engagement Strategy to maintain momentum, to continue engaging awareness, and to communicate new initiatives. The primary goal of the Sustainability Engagement Strategy is to communicate a foundational level of awareness to engage JSC employees on what sustainability means and what they can do to support.

JSC Annual Sustainability Report

The JSC Annual Sustainability Report is presented in an engaging layout for a quick overview of how the Center compares to SSPP goals. It is released six months after the Sustainability Engagement Strategy at the start of FY Quarter 3. The primary goal of the Annual Sustainability Report is to continue communicating and educating JSC employees about the Center's sustainability efforts. It's purposefully written to quickly engage those waiting in a conference room or that have just enough time to read a page to get a snap-shot impression of the sustainability initiatives at JSC.

JSC Monthly Sustainability Engagement Opportunities 

In addition to the Sustainability Engagement Strategy and the Annual Report, monthly sustainability-related opportunities are distributed to all JSC employees in the form of an electronic newsletter each month. Opportunities include both NASA-related events, as well as community events for employees to gain a broader appreciation of our natural resources. It provides a method to communicate recent accomplishments at the Center on the front page under "A Look Back before we Look Ahead". Upcoming events and hyperlinks helping employees discover additional ways to behave more sustainably are also included.

JSC LEED Buildings

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is a certification for new buildings that NASA strives for. JSC has 8 LEED certified buildings. Short, two-page write ups of each of the buildings detail what points the building received before, during, and shortly following construction.

To visit the Johnson Space Center internal Sustainability website, click here.

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Kennedy Space Center Initiatives

Kennedy Space Center Recycling Program

This plan outlines KSC goals for reusing and recycling waste produced by the facility. The objective is to optimize reutilization of waste products so there is less of a strain on natural resources and the ecological system as a whole.

KSC Recycling Program
Natural Resources Program at KSC

The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (MINWR) and most of Canaveral National Seashore (CNS) are included within the boundaries of Kennedy Space Center. These habitats provide refuge to more than 1500 species of plants and animals, of which 33 are federally and/or state listed as threatened, endangered, or species of concern.

Natural resource program at KSC
The Energy Program at KSC

Kennedy Space Center's energy program is committed to improving energy efficiency to save taxpayer dollars, reduce emission contributing toward air pollution and global climate change, and conserve precious natural resources for future generations.

Energy at KSC
Kennedy Space Center's Sustainability Initiatives

KSC is now incorporating sustainable technology into its facility to become more efficient and greener. These technologies, including solar panels, make the center carbon-neutral which means the center produces enough energy from renewable sources to offset the energy it requires to operate.

KSC Sustainability
Sustainable Acquisition at KSC

The Sustainable Acquisition program at Kennedy Space Center combines the efforts of KSC's environmental, procurement, facilities, and requisition communities to maximize the use of green products and services.

Sustainable Acquisition at KSC

To visit the Kennedy Environmental Program website, click here.

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Langley Research Center Initiatives

Chicken Fat Bio-Fuel may be a New Alternative
NASA scientists from the Langley Research Center have begun developing a safe and efficient substitute for the jet fuel used today. The bio-fuel is created from chicken fat and has thus far proven to produce the same performance results as jet fuel, with less harm to the environment.
Chicken Fat Bio Fuel

To visit the Langley website, click here.

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Marhsall Space Flight Center Initiatives

NASA Seeks Green Space Fuel Alternatives

This article discusses NASA's interest in exploring alternative fuel options for satellites. Currently they use a highly toxic and corrosive fuel. The goal is to find an alternative that is better for the environment while providing the same level of output.

Green space fuel alternatives
Understanding the Earth at MSFC

Research at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center focuses its attention on studying the atmosphere, water vapor, winds, temperatures at different altitudes, lightning and aerosols, and various other atmospheric phenomena pertaining to global climate change and their effects on the environment.

NASA Understanding Earth

To visit the Marshall website, click here.

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Stennis Space Center

To visit the Stennis Environmental Assurance Program website, click here.

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Wallops Flight Facility

To visit the Wallops Environmental Office website, click here.

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White Sands Test Facility

To visit the White Sands Health, Safety, and Environment website, click here.

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