Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center
EPA Lauds CVAMC Green Efforts
Coatesville VA Medical Center accepted an award Tuesday from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Federal Green Challenge, Mid-Atlantic Region in the Waste Diversion Category.
Throughout fiscal year 2018 CVAMC tracked and recorded recycling of 1,450 tons of materials. Another 17.5 tons of wood waste including all grass clippings, leaves and wood from downed trees/limbs was shredded into an absorbent material and composting.
“To win this award our grounds keepers didn’t have to change their routine at all, CVAMC has been recycling our wood, grass and leaf waste,” said Rachel Bethany Ramsey, Green Environmental Management System (GEMS) Program Manager. “The challenge is a data driven effort, so the difference this year was the tracking and accounting of their work in a meaningful way.”
The goals of facilities competing in the category was to achieve 5% or more increase or reduction in waste diversion activities.
“This is the second time in four years that Coatesville has won this award,” said Diana Esher, EPA Region 3 Deputy Regional Administrator. “We really appreciate the continuity that the center has brought to recycling for being a constant partner.”
Region 3 winners in the Federal Green Challenge are selected among federal participants in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia for having the greatest percentage of positive change over the previous year. The five target areas for the EPA awards program are Waste, Electronics, Purchasing, Water and Transportation, are based on the greatest percentage of change over the previous year.
“The Federal Green Challenge is an effort to get our facilities involved and to lead the way,” said Diana Esher, Region 3 Deputy Regional Administrator. “Thank you to CVAMC for being one of those leaders.”