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.
The GreenGov Presidential Awards celebrate extraordinary achievement in the pursuit of President Obama's Federal Sustainability goals. They honor Federal civilian and military personnel, agency teams, agency projects, facilities, and programs that exemplify President Obama's charge to lead by example. On November 23, the White House announced eight awards in seven different categories to individuals and teams. These honorees exemplify our Federal workforce's commitment to meeting the President's directive to create a clean energy economy that will increase our Nation's prosperity, promote energy security, protect the interests of taxpayers, combat climate change, and safeguard the health of our environment.
Award Category: Green Innovation Award
Award Citation: The Kennedy Space Center's Chemistry Team set out to develop precision cleaning methods with no environmental liability while maintaining equal performance and cost parity. The team developed two novel solvent-free precision cleaning methods, which will increase workplace safety, replace solvents with high global warming potential, and reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions for the Kennedy Space Center without compromising performance. Additionally, the NASA Chemistry Team is working to apply their solvent-free cleaning methods on a much larger scale. Team members include:
- Paul Hintze, Ph.D./UB-R3
- Kathleen Loftin, Ph.D./NE-L3
- Janelle Coutts, Ph.D./Engineering Services Contract-Craig Technologies
- Robert Devor, Ph.D./Engineering Services Contract-Vencore
- Heather Grandelli, Ph.D./Virginia Tech (NASA Post-Doctoral Fellow)
- Philip Maloney, Ph.D./University of Central Florida (NASA Post-Doctoral Fellow)
Obama Administration Announces 2015 GreenGov Award Winners
America Recycles Day was started in 1997 by the National Recycling Coalition and is declared each year, by Presidential Proclamation, encouraging Americans to commit to recycling. Since 2009, this day has been a program of Keep America Beautiful. There are thousands of events that are held across the United States to raise awareness about the importance of recycling and offering personal pledges that can be signed, committing to recycling and buying products made from recycled materials.
Recycle, buy recycled goods and help teach others the benefits of recycling and continue to do so each day! Go on Facebook or use #AmericaRecyclesDay to post on social media.