NASA using renewable energy source at space flight center

May 7, 2003 — NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Christie Todd Whitman opened a new chapter in environmental history Thursday.

The two administrators took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at May 8 at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Greenbelt, Md., to recognize the first federal government facility to use landfill gas for energy. Officials from Prince George’s County (PGC), Md., and Dallas-based Toro Energy, Inc., joined Administrators O’Keefe and Whitman.

PGC and Toro officials led a tour of the Sandy Hills Landfill in Bowie, Md., the source of the gas used at GSFC, after the event.

The landfill gas project was completed under a utility services contract between GSFC and Toro Energy, Inc. EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program is a voluntary assistance and partnership program that promotes the use of landfill gas as a renewable energy source.

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