By Gary Thomas
NASA has issued its 2011 financial year scorecard highlighting NASA’s energy performance and sustainability. NASA has obtained the third place in comparison with other government agencies.
One yellow and six green ratings were given to NASA out of a total of seven benchmarks. The yellow rating indicates the state of progress and the green rating refers to the fact of not being able to achieve the benchmark.
Assistant administrator for the Office of Strategic Infrastructure at NASA Headquarters in Washington, Olga Dominguez stated that NASA has improved efficient and sustainable operations of its utilities. Dominguez also stated that the American taxpayer, employees and the agency can obtain benefits from sustainable practices.
The progress of the federal agency in many areas is measured by the scorecard. These areas are related to waste reduction, energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions. In 2009, President Obama wanted the Federal agencies to excel in renewable energy and energy efficiency areas and fulfill goals related to these areas.
New sustainable buildings were completed by NASA in 2011 including the Sustainability Base located at NASA Ames Research Center. The Sustainability Base has obtained the certification of a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum building. This Sustainability Base is capable of adapting to season, occupancy and weather.