The VA Environmental Management Program advances VA’s commitment to the environment through:
Ensure the acquisition of environmentally preferable goods and services. Provide education to employees about green purchasing.
Reduce or eliminate the quantity of toxic and hazardous chemicals acquired, generated, used and/or disposed of. Report and monitor actions being utilized to reduce the release and use of toxic and hazardous chemicals and materials across all areas of the VA.
Ensure purchase of EPEAT-registered electronics, active use of power management and EnergyStar features, extend the useful life of electronic equipment, and use of environmentally sound practices with respect to the disposition of used and excess electronic products.
Monitor VA progress towards meeting or exceeding requirements of all applicable executive orders and Federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations. Track, analyze, and report VA’s compliance to internal and external stakeholders.
Implement Environmental Management Systems (EMS) at all appropriate VA facilities and organizational levels. Ensure use of EMS as a primary management approach for addressing environmental compliance and reporting.
Reduce, reuse, and recycle materials and waste and maintain, and improve, life-cycle cost-effective waste prevention and recycling programs. Provide training and education to employees on the VA’s waste prevention and recycling policies and programs.
The Department is committed to improving ongoing sustainability efforts, and the VA Environmental Management Program is an essential component in accomplishing this. By promoting awareness of these programs to VA employees, as well as to the public, we hope to engage others in supporting our mission.
More information on the VA Environmental Management Program can be found in VA Directive 0057 and by exploring the links/resources available on this page.