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 March 19, 2015, President Obama signed Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade. This Executive Order (E.O.) built upon and expanded requirements outlined in previous E.O.s and Presidential Memorandums.
One key requirement of E.O. 13693 was for each agency to commit to new greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets. NASA is pleased to announce a new commitment of reducing its GHG emissions by 47%, which the Council of Environmental Quality noted is well above the 40% federal-wide goal. An example of this effort is funding for a 1 MW solar project at our White Sands Test Facility.
In addition to outlining new requirements for greenhouse gas management, energy conservation, renewable energy, and sustainable buildings and communities, to mention only a few of the requirements, the new E.O. requires NASA and all Federal agencies to continue to annually update and implement a Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP).
NASA ensures that its SSPP follows 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 2015 NASA SSPP comprises:
- The 2015 Policy Statement,
- Executive Summary, including a progress review,
- Agency Progress toward Goals in E.O. 13514 and E.O. 13423, and
- Agency Strategies to meet the Goals of E.O. 13963.
Please note that while there a total of 10 goals in Agency Progress towards Goals in E.O. 13514 and E.O. 13423 and Agency Strategies to meet Goals of E.O. 13963, the most recent E.O. renamed and renumbered some of the goals going forward. The 10 goals listed below are those for which NASA presents going-forward strategies in the 2015 SSPP and against which NASA will report status in next year’s SSPP.
GOAL 1: Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction
GOAL 2: Sustainable Buildings
GOAL 3: Clean and Renewable Energy
GOAL 4: Water Use Efficiency and Management
GOAL 5: Fleet Management
GOAL 6: Sustainable Acquisition
GOAL 7: Pollution Prevention and Waste Reduction
GOAL 8: Energy Performance Contracts
GOAL 9: Electronic Stewardship
GOAL 10: Climate Change Resilience
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. NASA’s Policy Directive 8500, makes our dedication clear, and reflects our view that we owe it to future NASA employees and American citizens to continue on this path.
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 2T89 Washington, DC 20546 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (202) 358-0230
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