One of NASA’s most ambitious new projects isn’t in space, but on the ground. The agency is planning to build its most environmentally-friendly building at its Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. The structure, to be called Sustainability Base, will likely be the “greenest” building in the federal government, said Steve Zornetzer, Associate Center Director at NASA Ames. The ceremonial groundbreaking on the $20.6 million building is set for Aug. 25, and construction is expected to be complete around Read more ⇒
How do we fix the environment without causing more damage in the process? The Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF) has issued the first comprehensive, independent assessment of sustainable remediation — a movement to encourage environmental cleanups that minimize carbon emissions, conserve fossil fuels and still remove potentially dangerous contaminants from soil and water. Former EPA Administrator and New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman called the white paper’s release “a watershed event in public policy deliberations about environmental remediation.” “For the first Read more ⇒
Generally, remediation means providing a remedy, so environmental remediation deals with the removal of pollution or contaminants from environmental media such as soil, groundwater, sediment, or surface water for the general protection of human health and the environment or from a brownfield site intended for redevelopment. Remediation is generally subject to an array of regulatory requirements, and also can be based on assessments of human health and ecological risks where no legislated standards exist or where standards are advisory.