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Welcome to the Technology Evaluation for Environmental Risk Mitigation (TEERM) Principal Center

TEERM Highlight

"Increasing Space Mission Resiliency through Sustainability"

Being Held at the
European Space Agency (ESA)
European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC)
Madrid, Spain
November 10 - 13, 2015


February 2015

NASA TEERM Testing Shows That Citric Acid is Comparable to Nitric Acid
NASA TEERM is working with NASA Centers (KSC, Stennis Space Center, Wallops Flight Facility, White Sands Test Facility), the NASA Corrosion Technology Laboratory (CTL), the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program (GSDOP), and Department of Defense (DOD) to evaluate citric acid as a safer alternative to nitric acid for passivation of stainless steel alloys. Nitric acid has numerous environmental and safety issues associated with its use. Citric acid is a bio-based alternative that alleviates those concerns and offers additional operational benefits, such as reduced costs. Stage 1 Testing is complete and thus far, citric acid is showing comparable performance to nitric acid with no issues associated with adhesion or corrosion resistance. Additional testing is underway looking at other alloys and expanded performance requirements.

January 2015

Technology Evaluation for Environmental Risk Mitigation (TEERM) Support Contract Awarded to ITB, Inc.
The Environmentally Driven Risk Reduction (EDRR) contract that includes supporting the TEERM Program and is managed by NASA's Environmental Management Division was recompeted and awarded to the incumbent, ITB, Inc. of Dayton, Ohio. ITB will continue to develop and execute collaborative activities/projects with industry partners and other agencies such as DoD and ESA, to help improve NASA's ability to adopt new environmental or energy-related technologies to reduce unacceptable mission risks in a more proactive and cost effective manner, and to better position itself to respond to new global regulatory and business paradigms.

October 2014

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and European partners held the 12th annual International Workshop on Environment and Alternative Energy, October 21 - 24, 2014 at The Debus Conference Facility at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The theme of the workshop was “Increasing Space Mission Resiliency through Sustainability.” This event was hosted by NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Portuguese Center for Pollution Prevention (C3P). The Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD) sponsored several Portuguese university students to attend the workshop, ESA sponsored one student from France, and NASA sponsored 3 students from universities in Florida.
150 individuals from 15 nations attended the workshop, including 26 students. Thirty-eight U.S. and international subject matter experts presented collaborative activities that are underway and sustainability measures that are being taken to increase resiliency of essential capabilities and space mission critical ground infrastructure required to support future missions.

August 2014

(GHG) Scope III Emission Reduction Pilot Project
In partnership with the Recycling and Sustainable Acquisition (RSA) Principal Center, members of TEERM participated in KSC’s Green House Gas (GHG) Scope III Emission Reduction Pilot Project. This project focused on the reduction of GHG Scope III emissions related to employee commuting and specifically on the benefits of electric and electric hybrid Privately Owned Vehicles POVs used by KSC employees. In return for provided electricity, participants provided data necessary to calculate Scope III emissions related to daily commutes. Calvin F. Williams, who serves as the Assistant Administrator for NASA’s Office of Strategic Infrastructure, presented the 2014 NASA Blue Marble Awards to each of the project team members that was preceded with congratulatory remarks. NASA's Environment and Energy "Blue Marble" Awards recognizes groups and individuals that have demonstrated exceptional environmental leadership in support of NASA's missions and goals and are presented every two years. This project also has the potential for earning "Innovation" credits for those Centers who have achieved LEED certification which recognizes the best strategies for energy reduction and conservation that is determined by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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