A NASA astronaut's sustainability lessons

NASA’s pioneering space effort is working with the private sector to develop sustainable technologies that enable long-distance space travelers to make what they need — from food and water to building supplies — from locally acquired raw materials.

On the mainstage at VERGE 2015, NASA astronaut Cady Coleman and Jason Crusan of NASA's Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division spoke about the sustainability lessons learned from NASA's tests on the International Space Station.

"The things that we need to do to survive on the way to Mars — and to survive on Mars — are things that are beneficial for our planet as well," said Coleman.