As Big as the State of Connecticut: NASA’s Ecological Footprint Jeremey Alcorn I. Sam Higuchi, Jr. SAIC NASA Headquarte...
Presentation Overview <ul><li>Why an Ecological Footprint? </li></ul><ul><li>Development Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>App...
THE NASA VISION To improve life here, To extend life to there, To find life beyond. THE NASA MISSION To understand and pro...
NASA’s Working Definition of Sustainability <ul><li>“ Securing the mission for multigenerational deployment while enhanci...
Purpose of Ecological Footprint <ul><li>Need to communicate progress </li></ul><ul><li>Desire for “outcome-oriented” indi...
Development Challenges <ul><li>Existing datasets are limited </li></ul><ul><li>Data collection can be costly </li></ul><...
<ul><li>Support NASA’s mission and sustainability efforts </li></ul><ul><li>“ Learning-oriented” - applicable & understand...
Footprint Methodology <ul><li>Use three-tiered system in spreadsheet tool </li></ul><ul><li>Data sets are collected and im...
Tier I - Data Collection <ul><li>Data availability primary constraint </li></ul><ul><li>Emissions calculated from NASA Env...
Tier II - Emission Metrics Calculation (1) <ul><li>Emission calculations use engineering estimates </li></ul><ul><li>Calcu...
Tier II - Emission Metrics Calculation (2) <ul><li>Conversion factors used: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AP42/FIRE 6.24 (EPA) <...
Tier III - Ecological Footprints as Indicators <ul><li>Ecological footprint (EF) equals land area needed to absorb wastes ...
From 29 April 2004 K. Toufectis/W. Daly Calculating Footprints 2.6 mt/ha of CO 2 absorbed by…
How Large is NASA’s Ecological Footprint? In 2003, it was 4,679 Square Miles, approximately the same size as Connecticut! ...
 
 
Conclusions <ul><li>Good start but not complete </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Must integrate ...
Next Steps <ul><li>Develop datasets for NASA/DOD building classifications </li></ul><ul><li>Embed feedback mechanisms </l...
<ul><li>Jeremey Alcorn I. Sam Higuchi, Jr. </li></ul><ul><li>SAIC NASA Headquarters </li></ul><ul><li>Reston, VA Washing...
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NASA EcoFootprint

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  • 1. As Big as the State of Connecticut: NASA’s Ecological Footprint Jeremey Alcorn I. Sam Higuchi, Jr. SAIC NASA Headquarters Reston, VA Washington, DC [email_address] [email_address] A&WMA 2005 June 23, 2005
  • 2. Presentation Overview <ul><li>Why an Ecological Footprint? </li></ul><ul><li>Development Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Approach / Methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Calculations </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul>
  • 3. THE NASA VISION To improve life here, To extend life to there, To find life beyond. THE NASA MISSION To understand and protect our home planet, To explore the universe and search for life, To inspire the next generation of explorers … as only NASA can.
  • 4. NASA’s Working Definition of Sustainability <ul><li>“ Securing the mission for multigenerational deployment while enhancing our community and the environment&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>NASA’s utilizes The Natural Step™ framework </li></ul>
  • 5. Purpose of Ecological Footprint <ul><li>Need to communicate progress </li></ul><ul><li>Desire for “outcome-oriented” indicator </li></ul><ul><li>Less federal experience with “sustainability” indicators </li></ul>
  • 6. Development Challenges <ul><li>Existing datasets are limited </li></ul><ul><li>Data collection can be costly </li></ul><ul><li>Need to integrate diverse data consistently </li></ul><ul><li>Existing methodologies insufficiently transparent </li></ul><ul><li>Little acceptance without collaborative process </li></ul>
  • 7. <ul><li>Support NASA’s mission and sustainability efforts </li></ul><ul><li>“ Learning-oriented” - applicable & understandable </li></ul><ul><li>Produce snap shot of NASA’s progress </li></ul><ul><li>Support proactive management </li></ul><ul><li>Minimize need for data collection </li></ul>Footprint Approach
  • 8. Footprint Methodology <ul><li>Use three-tiered system in spreadsheet tool </li></ul><ul><li>Data sets are collected and imported </li></ul><ul><li>Emissions calculated by operational sector </li></ul><ul><li>Emissions converted to an Ecological Footprint - land area to absorb impacts </li></ul>
  • 9. Tier I - Data Collection <ul><li>Data availability primary constraint </li></ul><ul><li>Emissions calculated from NASA Environmental Tracking System (NETS) datasets and Center resources, as available </li></ul><ul><li>Collected Data Sectors/Modules include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy Consumption Impacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building Impacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation Impacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited Materials Usage Impacts </li></ul></ul>
  • 10. Tier II - Emission Metrics Calculation (1) <ul><li>Emission calculations use engineering estimates </li></ul><ul><li>Calculated modules produce estimates for CO 2 , SO X , and NO X </li></ul><ul><li>Limited ability for secondary pollutant emissions for PM, CO, CH 4 , and VOCs </li></ul><ul><li>Conversions and calculations conservative </li></ul>
  • 11. Tier II - Emission Metrics Calculation (2) <ul><li>Conversion factors used: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AP42/FIRE 6.24 (EPA) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>e-Grid (EPA) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GREET 1.5 (DOE) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BEES 3.0 (NIST) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic LCI conversion factors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flexible tool architecture for drop-in data substitutions as updates are available </li></ul>
  • 12. Tier III - Ecological Footprints as Indicators <ul><li>Ecological footprint (EF) equals land area needed to absorb wastes and supply materials </li></ul><ul><li>Land area metric aggregates and communicates results </li></ul><ul><li>Increases compatibility for feedback mechanisms and future indicators </li></ul>
  • 13. From 29 April 2004 K. Toufectis/W. Daly Calculating Footprints 2.6 mt/ha of CO 2 absorbed by…
  • 14. How Large is NASA’s Ecological Footprint? In 2003, it was 4,679 Square Miles, approximately the same size as Connecticut! Note: Does not including Materials Usage module contributions. The State of Connecticut (4,845 Square Miles)
  • 17. Conclusions <ul><li>Good start but not complete </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible architecture </li></ul><ul><li>Must integrate existing data </li></ul><ul><li>Design to capture progress and communicate with all employees </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate lessons learned from federal discussion on integrated indicators </li></ul>
  • 18. Next Steps <ul><li>Develop datasets for NASA/DOD building classifications </li></ul><ul><li>Embed feedback mechanisms </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Waste Disposal module </li></ul><ul><li>Continue Land-Use and Water Resources Consumption module development </li></ul>
  • 19. <ul><li>Jeremey Alcorn I. Sam Higuchi, Jr. </li></ul><ul><li>SAIC NASA Headquarters </li></ul><ul><li>Reston, VA Washington, DC </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] [email_address] </li></ul>Means To An End “ If scientists supply accurate and reliable information, policy makers can make intelligent and responsible decisions to preserve an acceptable quality of life for our children and grandchildren .” B. Cramer (2001) “New Millennium Program ’s First Earth Observing Mission (EO-1)” January 11, 2001; Technology Workshop USGS Auditorium / Reston, Virginia http://eo1.gsfc.nasa.gov/miscPages/Tech1.html