By pursuing environmentally sound initiatives, NASA can reduce mission risk and continue achieving ever greater objectives for mankind. Initiatives such as waste diversion and the purchase of recycled-content, biobased content and other environmentally preferable products demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship. NASA’s Principal Center for Recycling and Sustainable Acquisition (RSA) was established in 1998 and provides technical resources and program support for NASA Headquarters Environmental Management Division.
White Sands Test Facility (WSTF), Las Cruces, NM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes federal facilities for conserving resources and saving taxpayers’ money as part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC). The challenge is a national effort under EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program, which encourages federal agencies to lead by example in reducing the federal government's environmental impact.
“EPA is recognizing facilities across the federal government for their leadership in improving waste management, conserving water, and other important efforts to improve environmental outcomes,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Their accomplishments not only reduce the federal government’s impact on the environment but also save taxpayers millions of dollars.”
“The Federal Green Challenge winners are making a difference in the communities they serve by taking bold steps to save resources and reduce waste,” said Regional Administrator Ken McQueen. “I applaud these federal agencies for stepping up their efforts to be good stewards of public resources at their facilities.”
NASA is recognized for their efforts in saving resources and reducing waste from 2017 to 2018.
“National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces developed an app called Reuse Market Place (ReMaP) for employees to post items for other departments to reuse, such as furniture, supplies, and chemical products. ReMaP has helped save over $45,000 and diverted 10 tons of materials from landfills.”
See details of ReMaP HERE
Founded by US Senator Gaylord Nelson, the first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. The idea to focus on the environment was supported by 20 million Americans who took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. This event was soon followed with the passage of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and other environmental laws. Earth Day has since grown to be the largest civic-focused day of action in the world with more than 1 billion people in 192 countries participating.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!