CHICAGO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Healthcare Center in North Chicago, Illinois, has won a Federal Green Challenge award for education and outreach. The Challenge encourages federal agencies throughout the nation to lead by example by conserving energy and resources, cutting waste, reducing pollution and saving money.
Lovell’s staff used a formula to identify activities at the healthcare center that caused the greatest environmental impacts. Education and outreach efforts were then targeted to reduce the facility’s energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2014, Federal Green Challenge participants nationwide saved taxpayers over $24 million by diverting over 390,000 tons of solid waste from landfills, saving nearly 80 million gallons of water, sending 450 tons old electronics to third-party certified recyclers and cutting the use of office paper by 15,000 pounds.
More information on the Federal Green Challenge: http://www.epa.gov/fgc/awards/2015.html