The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday recognized the Department of Veterans Affairs Wilkes-Barre Medical Center in Luzerne County with a regional award for waste reduction, education and outreach.
The facility was one of six organizations nationwide recognized for their achievements in EPA’s Federal Green Challenge competition where participants take steps to improve efficiency, save resources, and reduce costs.
“Federal agencies across the country are doing their part to minimize their environmental impact, in doing so saving American taxpayers millions of dollars,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said. “Their efforts resulted in an estimated cost savings of $17 million across the federal government.”
Through their efforts, Federal Green Challenge participants nationwide have reduced the federal government’s environmental impact by reducing fuel oil consumption by more than 500,000 gallons, sending 310 tons of end-of-life electronics to third-party certified recyclers, saving 9.2 million gallons of industrial water, and diverting over 336,000 tons of waste from landfills.
The Federal Green Challenge, now in its fifth year, is a yearlong commitment under EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program in which participants focus on efficiently managing their resources to reduce the costs of building operations, maintenance and supplies. Specifically, participants track their data in two of six categories for a year.
For more information and a list of all winners, visit EPA’s Federal Green Challenge webpage.