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Building a Sustainable Infrastructure at NASA


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Calvin Williams, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Strategic Infrastructure, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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Building a Sustainable Infrastructure at NASA

  1. 1. Sustainable Infrastructure at NASA Calvin F. Williams Chief Sustainability Officer, Assistant Administrator, Office of Strategic Infrastructure September 2016
  2. 2. 2 Stennis Space Center – Rocket Test Stand
  3. 3. 3 Kennedy Space Center Vehicle Assembly Building
  4. 4. 4 Johnson Space Center – Neutral Buoyancy Lab
  5. 5. 5 Glenn Research Center – Thermal Vacuum Chamber
  6. 6. 6 Ames Research Center Wind Tunnel Testing Glenn Research Center Wind Tunnel Testing
  7. 7. 7 Ames Research Center Supercomputer
  8. 8. 8Goddard Space Flight Center – James Webb Telescope
  9. 9. Wallops Island Over 2/3rds of all NASA’s constructed real property value is within 16 feet of sea level ($20B value) Johnson Space Center ...and are already feeling impacts regardless of climate change projections… Kennedy Space Center 13
  10. 10. 10 NASA Facilities Assets under 40 Years Old
  11. 11. Our Facilities Energy Bill for FY2015: $130M 11 Utilities unit cost increases outpace NASA’s consumption reductions
  12. 12. Policies to Incorporate Sustainability 12 • Rigorous Master Planning process to ensure right assets for the mission • Balancing demolition and new building/renovation • Set LEED Standard and Guiding Principles for High-Performance Buildings • Striving toward Zero Energy/Water
  13. 13. • Sustainable Office Building • LEED Silver • Also won two Green Globe awards from the Green Building Initiative® • 20,000 gallon underground cistern for storing irrigation rainwater 13 Marshall Space Flight Center
  14. 14. Marshall Space Flight Center • Many energy-savings features, coupled with rooftop photovoltaic array • Uses 30% less energy than typical office building • Uses 30% less water
  15. 15. 15 • Power Usage Effectiveness of 1.5 or lower • Consolidates 5 Data Centers and over 30 Server Rooms Langley Research Center Katherine Johnson Computational Lab
  16. 16. 16 Kennedy Space Center Propellants North • LEED New Construction Platinum • Our first carbon-neutral facility; it will produce enough energy onsite from renewable sources to offset what it requires to operate
  17. 17. 17 These pictures illustrate the nature of our infrastructure. Know any mechanics who can work on both of these???
  18. 18. 18 • LEED New Construction Platinum, including 30 of 35 credits in Energy & Atmosphere • Includes 36 KW solar PV system. Armstrong Flight Research Center - Main Administrative Building Facilities Support Center ‘Old School’ Skills needed! ‘New School’ Skills needed!
  19. 19. Reducing Our Footprint of Old and Unsuitable Assets
  20. 20. Historic Hangars - Ames Research Center Old, expensive- to-maintain facilities!
  21. 21. Future of Sustainable Infrastructure at NASA?