The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center was honored with a Sustainability Award by the Governor of Illinois. The medical center was presented with the award in recognition of their considerable accomplishments in protecting the environment and at the same time improving the state’s economy.
The VA medical facility was celebrated as being one of the most environmentally conscious medical centers in the United States. The medical center boasts an eco-friendly tower that was completed in May 2008 consisting of:
- Woodwork and flooring made of recycled materials;
- Temperature control thermal windows;
- An insulating roof designed to conserve water run-off; and
- A south facing design to maximize sunlight and conserve energy.
The facility also put a recycling program into operation. So far, the results of the program have been very impressive and the medical center has
- Saved more than 1.4 million kilowatt-hours of electrical energy;
- Saved more than 2.5 million gallons of water;
- Recycled 170 tons of cardboard and paper; and
- Appreciably reduced the amount of medical waste produced.
This state-of-the-art facility helps veterans, the environment, and the state’s economy all at the same time. The entire award ceremony was part of a holiday salute to veterans and was followed by a tour of the facility.