While the requirements of Executive Orders 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade, shape the metrics of our sustainability goals, they do not constrain the scope of sustainability initiatives. Reflecting a desire to design to outcomes, rather than metrics, integration activities already under way at NASA include:
- Master Plans and Capital Plans inform construction and demolition investments;
- Designs recognize operational and mission risks, such as: direct mission risks (schedule, cost, technical); safety, security and health; legal requirements; and climate risks (short term, long term, and extreme events);
- Centers assess climate change vulnerabilities with partners in the local community and state and federal neighbors; and
- Land management policy incorporates flooding risks into evaluations of investments to create or renew facilities.
In addition to these ongoing actions, NASA is focusing on other activities that will contribute to positive trends in the Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP) goals.