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Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System Receives Multiple EPA Federal Green Challenge Awards

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Minneapolis, Minn. – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System (MVAHCS) of the Department of Veterans Affairs has won multiple Federal Green Challenge awards. MVAHCS is one of only seven federal facilities nationwide to receive a national recognition for efforts to reduce environmental impacts and is the only facility to receive two national awards. It is also receiving a regional award from EPA Region 5, which covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. 

“EPA is proud to recognize these federal facilities that have excelled in improving efficiency, saving resources, and reaching environmental goals,” said EPA Regional Administrator Kurt Thiede.  “I applaud all of the agencies that participated and congratulate the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System on its leadership and achievements in sustainability.”

Federal Green Challenge recognizes federal facilities for applying practical cost-effective measures to conserve money and resources.  The challenge is a national effort under the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program which encourages federal agencies to reduce the federal government's environmental impact. 

In fiscal year 2019, national Federal Green Challenge participants reduced their environmental impact throughout the waste stream, including:

  • Sending nearly 180 tons of end-of-life electronics to third-party certified recyclers.
  • Diverting more than 600,000 tons of waste from landfills.
  • Adding nearly 5,000 electric, hybrid, and alternative fuel vehicles to their fleets.
  • Recycling 180 million gallons of water.

EPA is recognizing MVAHCS with National and Regional Federal Green Challenge awards for their efforts to improve the efficiency of their facilities:

For more information on the Federal Green Challenge and this year’s winners, visit

For more information on the EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program, visit