DeBakey VA Recognized for Going Green
Awarded 3 Green Globes by Green Building Initiative™
“The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center is pleased to accept the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” said Adam C. Walmus, MEDVAMC director. “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs and saving taxpayer dollars.”
The Green Globe awards were developed by the GBI as method for building owners in the United States to identify high performing buildings in energy and environmental efficiency. This program assigns points to various assessment areas and serves as a yardstick for measuring environmental and energy performance.
MEDVAMC received a combined 757.5 points out of a possible 1,000 in the areas of energy, water, resources, emissions, indoor environment, and environmental management system documentation.
“The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center is committed to continual improvement through our energy, environmental, operations, and maintenance programs,” said Jeanette Butler, Facilities Management Service Line executive.
With this certification, MEDVAMC has reached a major milestone by exceeding sustainability standards set by Executive Order 13423, Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management. The facility is the 100th to be certified as “Green” by GBI.
The GBI was created to bring the green building concept into the mainstream by helping identify and develop energy and environmentally efficient programs. Near the end of 2004, the GBI finalized the Green Globe environmental assessment and rating tool for use in the U.S.