NASA Releases Scorecard on Energy and Sustainability Goals

WASHINGTON — NASA has released its fiscal year 2010 scorecard on sustainability and energy performance. The agency exceeded the 5 percent target on renewable energy use for federal agencies last year.

The scorecard measures federal agency progress in a number of areas related to energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions and waste reduction. This is the first year federal agencies have published their scorecards.

President Obama in 2009 directed federal agencies to lead by example in energy efficiency and renewable energy use, and meet a range of related goals. Out of seven benchmarks, NASA received five green ratings and two yellow. A green rating indicates the benchmark has been met. Yellow indicates that progress is being made.

“During the last 15 years, NASA has moved consistently toward sustainable and efficient operations at each of its field centers,” said Olga Dominguez, NASA’s assistant administrator for the Office of Strategic Infrastructure. “Sustainability reduces risk to NASA’s mission and frees up resources. This scorecard is an important tool that will help NASA in meeting our sustainability goals.”

In fiscal year 2011, NASA will exceed one million square feet of sustainable facilities through new construction and building rehabilitation. Using this scorecard as a benchmark, NASA will identify, monitor, and assess its efforts to reduce pollution, improve efficiency, and cut costs. The agency will update its Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan by June 2011 and post the plan on its website.

To view NASA’s sustainability scorecard and 2010 sustainability plan, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/sustainability

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