VA Facilities Win EPA Awards
September 13, 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency recognized eight VA Medical Centers with Federal Green Challenge Awards for 2016. Participants in this EPA program set goals for progress in key sustainability areas, such as energy, waste, and water, with recognition by category for participants achieving the most progress in each region. Congratulations to the VA winners on their efforts to strive for excellence and efficiency in facility operations to best serve Veterans. Below are brief highlights from VA’s 2016 winners:
New England Leadership Award — Manchester Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, Manchester, NH
The VA Manchester Medical Center built a storm water retention and underground infiltration system to manage runoff from the rooftop of a new addition plus additional capacity, reducing overall storm water runoff by 16 percent for the campus.
New England Innovation Award — West Haven Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Campus, West Haven, CT
The VA West Haven campus completed the installation of 940 solar panels, generating 238 megawatts of renewable energy and saving over $30,000. The project was specifically designed to succeed in the northern New England weather and sunlight conditions.
Region 2 Education and Outreach and Leadership Award — Veterans Affairs Caribbean Healthcare Facility System (VACHS), San Juan, Puerto Rico
Environmental evaluation and assessment has been integrated into projects at VA Caribbean Healthcare System, with project manager training and assessment scorecards for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, measurement, and multidisciplinary participation in projects. They have also benefited the community and reduced waste by reusing and donating materials in renovations.
National Award for Waste Management & Mid-Atlantic Overall Achievement Award — James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center, Altoona, Pennsylvania
The Van Zandt VA Medical Center operates a broad-based and very successful environmental management and sustainability program, including recycling over 61 percent of waste and reducing water use 33 percent through upgrades. The facility also recycled 8.2 tons of electronics, diverted 88 percent of construction and demolition waste, and now operates five electric vehicles.
Mid-Atlantic Waste Award — Coatesville VA Medical Center, Coatesville, Pennsylvania
The Coatesville VA Medical Center increased recycling of construction and demolition debris to over 80 percent, recycling 454 tons of waste. The Medical Center utilized contract specifications designed to ensure proper recycling and benefited from efforts to recycle on large projects.
Great Lakes Waste Award — Minneapolis Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis VA Healthcare System worked to increase recycling across all materials, with a particular focus on construction and demolition waste which was nearly doubled to over 80 percent, due to recycling goals and measurement for projects.
South Central Waste Award — Veterans Administration (VA) North Texas Health Care, Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center, Bonham, Texas
The Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center recycled 24 tons of construction and demolition waste, a many-fold increase from the previous year.
South Central Innovation Award — New Mexico Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care Service, Albuquerque, New Mexico
The New Mexico VA Health Care Service generated 21 percent of their energy from a solar energy installation, and increased recycling through managing electronic waste and construction debris, saving nearly $400,000.
More information can be found at the EPA Federal Green Challenge Awards website.