“The future will be green, or not at all. This truth lies at the heart of humankind’s most pressing challenge: to learn to live in harmony with the Earth on a genuinely sustainable basis.”
–Sir Jonathon Porritt

I’m a supporter of sustainability efforts, as evidenced by my open support for building an affordable and sustainable human presence in space.  But it goes deeper than that.  Sustainability is important to me in other ways, such as my active involvement in recycling, smart energy and water use, and managing my carbon footprint.  I also am thrilled to see the efforts at NASA’s Johnson Space Center for new construction and renovation achieving certification under Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), the internationally recognized green building certification system.  By my count, there are eight different projects at the Johnson Space Center that have or will soon achieve LEED certification. One recent example is Building 20, shown in the photo at the top of this post.

When I got word about the upcoming GOVgreen Conference & Expo, taking place November 9-10, 2010 in Washington, DC, I decided to share it with you.  The sponsor for the GOVgreen Conference & Expo, the  Center for Environmental Innovation and Leadership (CEIL), is featuring an interview with Olga Dominguez, Assistant Administrator, Office of Strategic Infrastructure at NASA in its weekly “Green Government” podcast. In addition, Olga will be speaking at the upcoming GOVgreen Conference & Expo.

Organized by CEIL, GOVgreen is the only all green, all government conference that brings together agencies, contractors and suppliers to learn how to achieve the sustainability goals mandated by the President’s Executive Order 13514, focusing on federal leadership in environmental, energy, and economic performance.

GOVgreen is free for all federal government and military personnel to attend and offers a variety of programs from notable and respected speakers including Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Dr. Dorothy Robyn, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Installations and Environment at the Department of Defense.

The full speaker list and program can be viewed at,  and you can register for GOVgreen at

If you’re in the federal government or military and are a supporter of sustainability efforts, please consider attending this event to engage and interact with others making a difference for a sustainable future.