Sustainability is an important goal of Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) from an institutional perspective, as well as within specific Program Areas. WFF also supports center (Goddard Space Flight Center [GSFC], found here), agency (found here), and national (Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, found here) sustainability goals.
Sustainability means ensuring that the impacts of NASA operations are compatible with the environmental systems that support us. As a global leader in Earth Science, NASA's GSFC, including WFF, has a unique understanding and obligation to lead the way in identifying and implementing strategies to ensure continued human progress, productivity, and prosperity while sustaining natural species and systems.
The GSFC plan for sustainability includes five objectives:
Information on projects that support these objectives can be found in the GSFC Sustainability Plan.
WFF supports the sustainability goals listed above, and others, through a number of its programs.
The WFF Facilities Management Branch (FMB) coordinates LEED certification for facilities, transitioning from petroleum to propane to geothermal systems, increasing renewable energy use, or promoting EnergyStar systems.
The WFF Environmental Office monitors pollutant emissions, greenhouse gas emissions, emissions controls on equipment, water conservation and quality, and ozone-depleting substance management.
The WFF Environmental Office collaborates with the NASA Headquarters Technology Evaluation for Environmental Risk Mitigation and Recycling and Sustainable Acquisition programs to identify, test, and evaluate environmentally preferable materials and chemicals (e.g., launch system coatings), including biobased products.
The WFF Environmental Office, FMB, Field Support Office, and Airborne Science Program each use their unique skills and capabilities to support WFF climate change goals. These include greenhouse gas emissions tracking; reduction of pollutant emissions through administrative controls and increased use of lower emission systems; ground-truthing of the Global Precipitation Measurement mission; airborne science efforts such as the Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment and Operation IceBridge missions; and the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Resilience Institute.
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