Technology Evaluation for Environmental Risk Mitigation (TEERM) Principal Center was established in 1998 by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters and Kennedy Space Center, Florida. It is operated under KSC’s Exploration Research and Technology Programs Directorate. TEERM identifies and validates environment and energy technologies through joint activities that enhance NASA mission readiness and reduce risk while minimizing duplication and associated costs.
TEERM projects commonly involve two or more NASA stakeholders in the planning and execution of laboratory testing or field demonstrations of promising replacements for current NASA materials and processes. This collaborative approach to solving environmental and energy problems benefits project members in multiple ways:
- Resources are shared, which reduces the cost to test and qualify alternatives
- Increases technical confidence in alternatives identified and tested
- Improves the overall technical quality of the effort through knowledge sharing
- Accelerates implementation of qualified alternatives
TEERM also provides NASA representation to environmental and energy entities outside of NASA. Within the U.S., TEERM works with the U.S. Department of Defense qualifying new materials and processes to reduce or eliminate hazardous materials in Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and NASA applications. TEERM works very closely with Air Force Space Command on projects to improve the environmental sustainability of space launch facilities. Space Command and NASA have similar types of activities, which readily lends themselves to joint projects to identify and qualify alternative materials.
Internationally, TEERM provides technical services to NASA in support of international agreements signed with the European Space Agency and previously with the Portuguese Institute of Environment. ESA and NASA have similar types of operations, which readily lend themselves to joint projects to improve the environmental sustainability of space launch facilities.
The NASA Headquarters TEERM Executive and NASA TEERM Manager at KSC provide centralized leadership for the program. Contractor ITB, Inc. provides technical and engineering support.
TEERM welcomes new ideas for addressing high-priority environmental and energy projects within NASA. If your program or facility has an environmental problem that a TEERM project is not addressing, please contact:
Joni Richards, NASA
NASA TEERM Program Manager
Exploration Research and Technology Programs Directorate
Mail Code: UB-T
John F. Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899
David A. Amidei
NASA HQ TEERM Lead
Building: HQ, Suite: 1800MB
Washington, DC 20546-0001