2015 Sustainability Awards winner: Lisa Ruffe (individual)

Lisa Ruffe – Recycling and Sustainability Efforts for NASA Construction of Facilities Projects

Lisa Ruffe  provides sustainability initiatives in design and construction in support of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Construction of Facilities) on Kennedy Space Center.  Lisa utilizes the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) and Green Globes processes, which incorporate principles such as source reduction, recycling, re-use practices, and waste reduction programs.

Lisa Ruffe is an InoMedic Health Applications, Inc. Environmental Engineer in the Environmental Program Branch Support Section for the Medical and Environmental Support Contract supporting NASA at KSC.  She is in the Environmental Point of Contact group providing support for Construction of Facilities projects. Lisa reviews and provides input on project designs, attends design meetings, consults with contractors, and conducts visits to construction sites to assist with contractor compliance of all federal, state, and local environmental regulations.  Lisa also ensures that all project construction is carried out according to the green building design, addressing any issues that might arise which could jeopardize the green building certification process.  She is highly respected by all her customers for her outstanding work in discovering new recycling opportunities for materials in support of Construction of Facilities projects, which would have otherwise been disposed of in landfills.  Through her efforts, over 50,000 pounds of ceiling tiles and over 12.7 tons of carpet tiles have been recycled. She has also been involved with the re-use/recycling efforts of porcelain toilets and sinks, plastic and glass light fixtures, reflector lenses, office supplies, mirrors, plastic hard hats, and parachute materials. Lisa has a great “can-do” attitude and is always looking for new and innovative ways to recycle content.  She is highly respected in the field and has been recognized by NASA for her “Leadership in Recycling” with the Environmental and Energy Award.