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Erie VA Medical Center


Erie VAMC Awarded Top Honor for Leadership in Environmental Excellence

June 23, 2017

06/21/2017 (Erie, PA) – In recognition for groundbreaking achievement and innovation in health care sustainability, Erie VA Medical Center received the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care. 

Award winners, including Erie VAMC, are leading the industry with innovation in sustainability, demonstrating superior programs and illustrating how sustainability is entrenched in their culture.  As Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor, this award recognizes the best of the best in health care environmental stewardship.

“Erie VAMC prioritizes green practices in our day-to-day operations and our planning for the future,” says John Gennaro, Erie VAMC Director.  “It’s an honor to be recognized for our commitment to the health and safety of our patients, staff, environment and community.”

In addition to receiving the Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award, Erie VAMC also received the:

  • Greening the OR Recognition Award for making substantial strides in environmental performance in the operating room, specifically for its energy conservation, energy-star rated appliances, and reduction of waste.
  • Circles of Excellence Award for Water for implementing exemplary and efficient water conservation programs.  In 2007, Erie VAMC used 13.4 million gallons of water compared to last years’ usage of 6.99 million gallons – a decrease about 59 percent. 
  • Circles of Excellence Award in Leadership for demonstrating excellence in supporting a long-term commitment to healthier environments through committee structure, reporting, data tracking, communication and education.  Specifically, Erie VAMC was recognized for its  incorporation of environmentally friendly design elements into the new energy efficient elevators, the new higher efficiency Boiler Plan, and the storm water retention project as part of the Parking Garage and Community Living Center projects. 

Amidst a $25M construction plan currently underway, Erie VAMC’s projects remain focused on reducing its environmental footprint by saving energy, water, and reducing greenhouse gasses help promote a sustainable environment for our Veterans and our community.