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Martinsburg VA Medical Center

 

VA Medical Center receives national award for sustainability

April 18, 2018

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – For the second year in a row, the Martinsburg VA Medical Center (VAMC) has been awarded the Practice Greenhealth Partner for Change Award.

The Partner for Change Award is one of the Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector.

The award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon programs to eliminate mercury, reduce and recycle waste, source products sustainably and more. Winning facilities must demonstrate that they are recycling at least 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are on track to eliminate mercury, and have developed successful sustainability programs in many areas

“At the Martinsburg VA Medical Center, sustainability is at the core of our healing mission and central to protecting the health of our Veterans, employees and the community,” said Robert Moore, the medical center’s Green Environmental Management System (GEMS) program manager. “Our sustainability programs and the positive impacts they have on the environment and the local community is important to providing our Veterans the care they need and deserve.”

Each Department of Veterans Affairs facility has a GEMS program that combines all aspects of environmental management into a centralized program. The program promotes pollution prevention, regulatory compliance, continuous environmental improvement and integrates healthy environmental practices.

To date, the medical center’s GEMS initiatives have included a recycling car wash, a combination stormwater management/nature area, electric-powered maintenance vehicles and a solar charging station, sustainable building designs, permeable parking lots, improved waste pharmaceutical management and a pre-consumer food composting operation. Future GEMS initiatives at the medical center include items such as additional sustainable building designs and improving stormwater management.

For more information on the medical center’s GEMS program, contact Robert Moore at 304-263-0811, ext. 3412.