U.S. Space and Rocket Center

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Challenge Commitment
350,000Square Feet
Goals Progress
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity

The U. S. & Rocket Center (USSRC) is the Official Visitor Information Center for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, a Smithsonian Institute affiliate, and a showcase for Redstone Arsenal and defense programs. Located in Huntsville, Alabama, annual attendance has grown to exceed 650,000 visitors, since opening in 1970. The State of Alabama commissioned the USSRC to be an education center for research and development as developed by NASA, the Department of the Army, the Department of Energy, other federal and state agencies, including universities and colleges, and other public and private sectors engaged in energy-related activities. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is home to globally recognized Space Camp®, Aviation Challenge® and Space Camp® Robotics.

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center has created a three-pronged approach, focused on education, process and people, to become an Energy Center of Excellence. It will continue to build on this approach as a Better Buildings Challenge partner, by following its charter mandate to use education as a platform to engage and facilitate outreach to combat energy culture misconceptions, and continuing to be a home to energy non-profit organizations such as, Energy Huntsville and Nexxus Energy. It will establish formal agreements between public and private sectors in energy-related fields, such as the Tennessee Valley Association, to inspire others. Finally, it will use the Better Buildings Challenge as a foundational metric, and develop a dynamic environment to showcase energy and sustainable technologies. These activities are based on its belief that everyone benefits when engaging positively with people who are stakeholders in USSRC’s success.