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.
2016 GreenGov Presidential Awards- NASA received three!
The GreenGov Presidential Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in the pursuit of President Obama’s Federal sustainability goals. They recognize Federal civilian and military personnel, agency teams, agency projects, facilities, and programs. These awardees have contributed to the Nation’s prosperity, promoted energy security, protected the interests of taxpayers, and combated climate change to safeguard the health of our environment.
Sustainability Heroes Award: Dr. Rosalind A. Grymes, National Aeronautics and Space Administration - For nearly a decade, Dr. Rosalind Grymes has been working to enhance NASA’s sustainability portfolio with a focus on optimizing the use of water, energy and other resources. She has held numerous leadership roles in the pursuit of a more sustainable NASA, including as the Executive Director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, and as the Founding Director of the Advanced Studies Laboratories.
Greening the Fleet Award: Timothy Currie, National Aeronautics and Space Administration - As NASA’s Fleet and Transportation Manager, Timothy Currie has helped transform NASA’s fleet of over 3,000 vehicles nationwide. In just two years, NASA has replaced almost two-thirds of its fleet with vehicles that run on cleaner fuels, including biofuels, compressed natural gas, and electricity. This transition contributed to NASA achieving a 62% reduction in petroleum use since 2005.
Purchasing Power Award: National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA’s White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico has developed a software tool that seamlessly integrates management and oversight of green purchasing. The tool provides a list of green products available for order, captures data on purchases, and tracks compliance with sustainability requirements. With real-time data, NASA’s Sustainability Program team members can now track performance on green purchasing goals from their desktops.
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.