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Green Management Programs (GMP)

Sustainability Achievement Awards

2014 Winners

VA’s Green Management Program Office is pleased to announce the five winners of the 2014 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Sustainability Achievement Awards.  This awards program recognizes innovative, cost-effective efforts at VA facilities around the country to improve sustainability performance in several categories: alternative fuel/fuel conservation in transportation, electronic stewardship, energy efficiency, environmental management systems, green purchasing, recycling, renewable energy, sustainable design, waste minimization/pollution prevention, and water conservation.

Green Purchasing
Office of Construction and Facilities Management (CFM)

James Symanski, Jr.; Jatinder “Jeet” Kumar; Ronald Johnson

CFM’s Facilities Standards Service (FSS) reviewed over 129 master construction specifications to ensure compliance with biobased purchasing requirements, such as purchasing biobased products when available.  This review will now become an annual process, increasing the purchase of biobased products during VA construction projects.

Recycling
White River Junction VA Medical Center

Terry Putnam; Steven Studebaker; Dorothy Ward; Richard Crowson; Bobby Hicks; Daniel VanGuilder

The White River Junction VA Medical Center's Environmental Service Team developed and deployed a facility-wide recycling program, recycling 477,000 lbs of waste in 2013, a rate of 57%, which surpassed their goal of 40%.  Staff tracked waste using Practice Green Health Waste Tracker software and implemented various educational efforts.

Energy Efficiency
White River Junction VA Medical Center

Vincent Rowland; Shane Moodie; Shawn McNamara; Chad Osgood; Michael Vulpis

With the goal of reducing energy use from mechanical systems, the Facilities Management Service team identified pumps as approximately 20 percent of energy use.  More efficient pumps were identified for specific locations with savings over $5,000 per year and a payback of less than two years.

Renewable Energy
Thomas E. Creek VAMC (Amarillo, TX)

Samuel Hagins; Steven Bass; Rodney Cryer; Danny Davis; Glenn Tyler

Thomas E. Creek VAMC had a 2.3 MW solar electric system installed, complementing their thermal energy storage system.  The PV system allows the facility to meet 30 percent of its electric demand and the thermal storage system further reduces electricity demand during daytime hours.  The shade produced by the PV panels installed in the VAMC parking lot, meanwhile, benefits Veteran patients and visitors using the parking lot.

Honorable Mention
Recycling, Togus VA Regional Benefit Office

The Togus VA Regional Benefit Office has developed a comprehensive recycling and reusing program.  This includes the shredding and recycling of over 17,000 lbs of paper on-site and redeeming over 19,000 bottles and cans annually.  Other items are returned to vendors or recycled in coordination with Maine VA Healthcare System.  Systems furniture is also used, which allows reuse and reconfiguration of furniture as needed.

Honorable Mention
Recycling, St. Cloud VA Health Care System

Mary Wenck

The St. Cloud VA Health Care System issued a request for proposals that went beyond traditional hauling, recycling, and disposal by specifying assistance in optimizing cost-effective recycling and meeting performance goals.  Resulting program improvements have decreased costs, improved performance, and raised awareness.

Prior Year Award Winners:
2013  |  2012  |  2011