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NASA 2013 Awardees Tell Their Stories About Waste

National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) Federal Green Challenge participants and 2013 awardees have a story to tell about waste. Learn more about how these facilities have made enhancements in managing waste, tracked improvement and created a foundation for sustainability. Speakers will give an overview of their work in 2012 which contributed to the Federal Green Challenge and also cover valuable lessons learned.

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Lana Suãrez - Federal Green Challenge Team, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ms. Suãrez is an environmental protection specialist in the Materials Conservation and Recycling Branch of the Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division in the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Laurie Peterson, Sustainability Champion at the NASA Johnson Space Center

Ms. Peterson was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science in BioProcess Engineering.  She completed her Masters of Science in Technical Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She has realized her passion for working on bioregenerative life support systems, enjoys public speaking and is also a teacher of an Environmental Control and Life Support workshop. She now supports Johnson Space Center as the lead for the sustainability program.

Michelle Fraser-Page, Sustainable Materials Manager for NASA Johnson Space Center

Ms. Fraser-Page manages the municipal and construction recycling programs, sustainability at the Johnson Space Center and education and outreach for sustainable activities. She has worked at NASA her entire career, starting in a chemical forensics lab, and then designing pressure systems for a cryogenic wind tunnel before getting her master's degree in Environmental Engineering and moving into the environmental division.

Christina Burdette, Regional Operations Manager for ProDyn EPES, LLC

In July 2012, Ms. Burdette worked as an Office Manager for the Johnson Space Center Grounds Maintenance Contract alongside the Project Manager and Master Gardener to help ensure that ProDyn EPES' recycling and composting efforts continued to improve and grow larger. In 2012, Christina became the Operations Manager for the southern region of the United States but continues to work closely with Johnson Space Center to guarantee all of ProDyn EPES' waste collection and diversion data is tracked and reported.

Aloisia Jones, Master Gardner for ProDyn EPES, LLC

Ms. Jones began her career at Johnson Space Center in 2000 and immediately took over the maintenance of the landscaped beds on site and instantly noticed a need for better quality soil and compost. Under ProDyn EPES, LLC, Aloisia had a key role in implementing the composting efforts at Johnson Space Center in 2008 and now oversees the maintenance of the entire operation. She has also contributed to the sustainability efforts of the Johnson Space Center by using compost made entirely from on site waste in all of the landscaped beds which eliminated the need for chemical herbicides.

Michael Jones, Environmental Project Manager at NASA White Sands Test Facility

Mr. Jones received a Bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering. He spent over 17 years in environmental consulting where he gained broad environmental experience. In 2011, Michael began his NASA career at the JSC White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Presently as part of the NASA White Sands Test Facility Environmental Office, Michael provides leadership on RCRA compliance, the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Oil Pollution Prevention Act, site Hazardous Waste Permit compliance, and Sustainable Acquisition.

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