Syracuse VA Medical Center
EPA Recognizes Syracuse VA Medical Center
May 9, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Robert McLean, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (315) 425-2422
Mobile: (315) 956-1394
For Third Consecutive Year
EPA Recognizes Syracuse VA Medical Center with
Federal Green Challenge Award
2015 Award for Water Conservation
The Federal Green Challenge is a national effort under the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Sustainable Materials Management Program challenging EPA, and other federal agencies throughout the country, to lead by example in reducing the Federal Government's environmental impact.
Federal offices or facilities participate by selecting a minimum two of the six target areas, waste, electronics, purchasing, energy, water, or transportation. Members commit to an improvement goal of at least 5% per year in their selected target areas.
The Syracuse VA was recognized for reducing the amount of water consumed by 5% or more annually. Since 2010, the Medical Center has reduced the amount of water consumed by 25%. This reduction was primarily due to various water conservation projects including a rain water collection system.
“It’s an honor to receive this award which recognizes the medical center’s commitment to a better environment. We challenge our employees to be good stewards of the environment, whether it’s using less paper, conserving energy and water, or recycling more, so that we can reduce our impact on the environment”, said Kevin Hartman, Syracuse VA environmental engineer.
More information about this program is available at www.epa.gov/federalgreenchallenge/index