NASA RECYCLING AND SUSTAINABLE ACQUISITION (RSA)
By pursuing initiatives which enable environmentally sound mission success, NASA can continue to restore, to protect, and to enhance its mission resources. Initiatives such as waste diversion and the purchase of recycled-content, biobased content and other environmentally preferable products benefits the environment and demonstrates our commitment to environmental stewardship. NASA’s Principal Center for Recycling and Sustainable Acquisition (RSA) provides technical resources and program support for NASA Headquarters Environmental Management Division.
Award Category: Sustainability Hero Award - Joel B. Walker, Johnson Space Center, Director of Center Operations
Award Citation: As Director of Center Operations for the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, Joel Walker has promoted a sustainability culture that permeates the entire organization. Mr. Walker has developed and implemented a multifaceted sustainability management approach that has focused on areas of energy and water reduction, green purchasing, reducing the generation of hazardous waste and increased diversion from landfilling of waste through recycling initiatives. For example, under his direction, Johnson Space Center has constructed 7 certified green buildings which use 100 percent green power and average 35-40 percent reductions in energy and water consumption of comparable facilities. Under his leadership, Johnson Space Center has reduced potable water use by 15 percent annually or over 60 million gallons per year since 2009 and over the past two years composted over 85,000 pounds of food waste. Clearly Mr. Walker’s leadership has set the standard for sustainability.
Each year there is a Presidential Proclamation to encourage Americans to commit to recycling. Started in 1997 by the National Recycling Coalition, and a program of Keep America Beautiful since 2009, America Recycles Day is held on November 15 throughout the nation. Millions of people take part in events to raise awareness about recycling and the purchasing of recycled products.