NASA has won a GreenGov Presidential Award from the White House Council on Environmental Quality. The awards celebrate exceptional efforts to promote sustainability in federal agency operations.
NASA is being recognized in the "Lean, Clean and Green" category for consistently moving toward sustainable and efficient operations by setting exemplary goals in agencywide energy and water efficiency, reduced emissions and greater renewable energy usage.
"We are extremely gratified and grateful that NASA has been honored by the White House for its ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability. NASA's vision has always been to reach new heights, and we'll continue to do that in space exploration and here on Earth in protecting our environment," said Olga Dominguez, assistant administrator of the NASA Office of Strategic Infrastructure.
The GreenGov awards honor federal civilian and military personnel, agency teams, agency projects and facilities and agency programs that exemplify President Barack Obama's charge to lead by example towards a clean energy economy.
NASA's sustainability policy is to execute the agency's mission without compromising Earth's resources so future generations can meet their needs. Sustainability also involves taking action now to provide a future where the environment and living conditions are protected and enhanced.
According to the White House Council NASA's commitment is exemplified by its branches, such as the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.; Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif.; Kennedy Space Center in Florida and Johnson Space Center in Houston, which have addressed sustainability with creative, lasting and effective methods.