Providence VAMC Green Environmental Management System (GEMS) - Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island
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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island


Providence VAMC Green Environmental Management System (GEMS)

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By Bill Berretta
Friday, March 23, 2012

Do you know that the Providence VA Medical Center has a robust environmental management program designed to protect both the environment and the health and safety of patients, employees, and visitors?  We do.  We’re not only fulfilling our mission of providing quality healthcare to our nation’s Veterans, but we’re doing so in a green and environmentally friendly way.

To this effect, the Providence VA Medical Center is committed to:

• Developing and implementing a Green Environmental Management System (GEMS) that will meet both the requirements of Executive Order (EO) 13423:  Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, Transportation Management as well as the guidance provided by Veterans Health Administration (VHA);

• Being a good steward of the environment by complying with federal, state, and local environmental laws, regulations, and other requirements; preventing pollution, minimizing waste; conserving cultural and natural resources; and continually improving environmental programs;

• Utilizing sustainable practices to eliminate, minimize, or mitigate adverse environmental programs;

• Evaluating the operation of this medical center to incorporate actions into facility planning and procedures that consider significant environmental impacts of its operations, products, and services to achieve reduction in environmental vulnerabilities;

• Integrating pollution prevention, waste minimization, resource conservation, and environmental compliance into this medical center’s operations, purchasing, planning, and decision-making wherever practical.  Source reduction is the pollution prevention method of choice, followed by recycling, treatment of wastes, and proper disposal;

• Using natural resources efficiently and maintaining protection of the plant and wildlife habitat consistent with the medical center’s mission;

• Recognizing that development and construction at this medical center must consider the unique conditions of the environment of this facility;

• Training medical center staff as needed to carry out the environmental responsibilities of their positions.

• Soliciting input, as appropriate, from stakeholders including staff, patients, visitors, and the local community regarding environmental matters affecting the operation of this medical center and clinics.

For more information about our environmental management program, please contact Bill Berretta at (401) 273-7100, ext. 2637.


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