St. Cloud VA Health Care System | 60 of the Greenest Hospitals in America 2017

St. Cloud (Minn.) VA Health Care System. St. Cloud VA Health Care System is engaged in several energy and water saving projects that led to an estimated $54,506 institutional savings on energy costs in 2016. St. Cloud VA upgraded its laundry system last year to reduce the amount of water used by 12,750 gallons per month and a paper conservation initiative that reduced paper purchases by 8.5 percent. Previous successful greening efforts include an initiative to eliminate mercury from the hospital and policies to prevent it from re-entering the facility. The hospital has mercury-free purchasing and management practices and implemented staff education to ensure St. Cloud VA remains mercury-free. St. Cloud VA Health Care System has received numerous awards for its green initiatives, including the 2017 Practice Greenhealth Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award and LEED certification for green building.

     
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