VA Palo Alto Health Care System
VAPAHCS Wins Sustainability Awards
Sustainability is at the heart of our healing mission – and we’re proud to share that our sustainability strategies have won us a national award. VAPAHCS received the “Emerald Award” and “Greening the OR” award at the Palo Alto Division, and the “Partner for Change” award at the Livermore and Menlo Park Divisions from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.
In health care, sustainability means looking at how our operations affect the health and safety of our environment as well as the health of our patients, staff, visitors, and local community. Strategies to address sustainability at our organization include minimizing and recycling waste, addressing chemicals of concern, lowering energy and water consumption, sourcing food and products sustainably, and establishing environmentally preferable purchasing criteria. At VAPAHCS we know sustainability is essential to better care for our patients, communities, and planet.
In recent years, we have made great strides toward reducing our impact on the environment, and we are committed to doing even more.
To learn more about our sustainability efforts, visit our sustainability webpage.
Special thanks go to all VAPAHS team members who helped gather data or shared sustainability successes to support our award application.