Green Environmental Management System (GEMS) - Birmingham, Alabama VA Health Care System
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Birmingham, Alabama VA Health Care System


Green Environmental Management System (GEMS)

Green Environmental Management System (GEMS)

The mission of the Birmingham VA Medical Center is to deliver quality healthcare to our nation’s veterans.  To accomplish this mission, the VA Medical Center recognizes that it must operate to protect both the environment and the health and safety of patients, employees and visitors.  In accomplishing its mission of providing quality healthcare to our nation’s veterans, it is this VA Medical Center’s policy to:

•   Develop and implement a VA Medical Center Green Environmental Management System (GEMS) that will meet the requirements of Presidential Executive Orders 13423 and 13514, and the guidance provided by Veterans Health Administration.

•   Be a good steward of the environment by complying with Federal, State and local environmental laws and other requirements, preventing pollution, minimizing waste, conserving cultural and natural resources and continually improving environmental programs. Lead Copper Sampling Plan June 2016

•   Utilize sustainable practices to eliminate, minimize, or mitigate adverse environmental impacts.

•   Evaluate the operation of this VA Medical Center to incorporate actions into facility planning and procedures to reduce environmental vulnerabilities.

•   Integrate pollution prevention, waste minimization, resource conservation and environmental compliance into VA Medical Center operations, purchasing, planning and decision-making, wherever practical.  Source reduction is the pollution prevention method of choice, followed by recycling, treatment of wastes, and proper disposal.


•   Use natural resources efficiently and continue to protect plant and wildlife habitat consistent with this VA Medical Center’s mission.

•   Recognize that the development and construction at this VA Medical Center must consider the unique conditions of the environment of which the facility is a part.

•   Train VA Medical Center staff as needed to carry out the environmental responsibilities of their positions.

•   Solicit input, as appropriate, from stakeholders including staff, patients, visitors and the local community regarding environmental matters affecting the operation of the facility.

For more information regarding the facility GEMS program, contact LaSunda Davis, GEMS Coordinator, at (205) 933-8101, extension 5544.