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JSC Environmental Excellence Policy
JSC Policy Directive

JPD 8500.1

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 2, 2004

EXPIRATION DATE: March 2, 2009

RESPONSIBLE OFFICE: JA131/Environmental Office

SUBJECT: JSC Environmental Excellence Policy


1.a. JSC commits to conducting our mission in a manner that promotes environmental stewardship, sustainability, compliance, and continual improvement.

1.b. JSC establishes the Environmental Management System (EMS) to implement this policy. The EMS includes systematic tools to manage JSC’s compliance in an efficient and consistent manner, to assess environmental impacts, to identify and correct problems, to set objectives and quantifiable targets, and to establish environmental management programs that provide for continual improvement. The EMS focuses on the key elements of pollution prevention, compliance, restoration, conservation, and continual improvement.

1.c. JSC will follow these Guiding Principles:

1.c(1) Compliance: Maintain our activities in compliance with relevant federal, state, and local environmental requirements, laws, regulations, and applicable voluntary standards or codes.

1.c(2) Pollution Prevention: Eliminate or minimize emissions, effluents, and wastes throughout the lifecycle of our operations, activities, and projects by instituting cost effective controls and advocate, investigate and utilize cost-effective technologies and methods that prevent pollution.

1.c(3) Conservation: Reduce the consumption of natural resources through the use of recycled and reused materials, affirmative procurement, energy and water conservation, and the practice of sustainable development.

1.c(4) Restoration: Clean up and restore contaminated sites, and protect and restore natural and cultural resources such as wetlands and other habitats.

1.c(5) Awareness: Implement awareness and training programs to communicate this policy to our employees and make it available to the public.

1.c(6) Partnering: Partner with our contractors, customers, our community and other entities to leverage our efforts and share knowledge on environmental sustainability, share information on our environmental performance and the operation of our EMS.

1.c(7) Risk and Cost Reduction: Incorporate environmental controls and requirements into JSC’s procedures and work instructions.

1.c(8) Continual Improvement: Continually improve our environmental management program to reduce our impact on the environment.


This Policy Directive and the EMS that it establishes applies to all personnel, activities, products, and services, including all on-site contractor activities, tenant organizations at JSC, Ellington Field, Sonny Carter Training Facility, and El Paso Forward Operating Location as required by law and as directed by contract, grant and other agreements. Other federal agencies that have personnel located at JSC are not included in JSC’s EMS at this time, but are required to comply with all Federal, State and local environmental regulations and laws.


3.a. Continual Improvement: Process of enhancing the EMS to achieve improvements in overall environmental performance in line with the organization’s environmental policy.

3.b. Environmental Management System: The part of the overall management system that includes organizational structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes, and resources for developing, implementing, achieving, reviewing, and maintaining the environmental policy.

3.c. Sustainability: Generally means activities that meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. To be truly sustainable all three elements, economic, social, and environmental, must be considered in decision-making processes.

3.d. Prevention of Pollution: Use of processes, practices, materials, or products that avoid, reduce, or control pollution, which may include recycling, treatment, process changes, control mechanisms, efficient use of resources, and material substitution.


NASA Policy Directive (NPD) 8500.1, “NASA Environmental Management.”


4.a. NASA Procedures and Guidelines (NPG) 7120.5, “Program and Project Management Processes and Requirements.”

4.b. NPG 8553.1, “NASA Environmental Management System (EMS).”

4.c. Executive Order (EO) 13148, “Greening the Government Through Leadership in Environmental Management.”

4.d. NASA Environmental Strategic Plan, “Environmental Excellence in the 21st Century.”


5.a. The Center Director is responsible for ensuring that adequate resources (human and financial) are available to maintain compliance and maintain the EMS that this policy establishes.

5.b. The Directorate Level Organization management is responsible for complying with this policy; for implementing and maintaining the EMS; and for ensuring that all employees and on-site contractors comply with this policy.

5.c. The JSC Environmental Office is responsible for providing the expertise to assist the Center to achieve and maintain environmental compliance, and to serve as the primary contact with regulatory agencies for those environmental areas under their purview.

5.d. The EMS Representative, appointed by the Director of Center Operations, is responsible for assisting the Center in the implementation and maintenance of JSC’s EMS.


6.a. Measurements of the effectiveness of the environmental program will include compliance with applicable permits, regulatory requirements, reduction in hazardous waste generation and spills and releases, continual improvement, and cost impacts from fines or penalties.

6.b. The EMS establishes performance measurement for:

6.b(1) Meeting the objectives and targets

6.b(2) Closing non-conformances and corrective actions

6.b(3) Reviewing internal and external environmental audit results

6.b(4) Monitoring metrics

7. RESCISSION. JSC Policy Directive 8800.7, dated January 6, 1999, is rescinded.

(Original signed by Brock R. Stone, March 2, 2004 for)

Jefferson D. Howell, Jr.

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