MANCHESTER — The Manchester VA Medical Center is proud to share that its sustainability strategies have won it a national award.

The Manchester VAMC received the Emerald Environmental Excellence Award from Practice Greenhealth, an organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.

This is the third consecutive year that the Manchester VAMC has received an award from Practice Greenhealth.

The Emerald Award recognizes health care facilities that are setting the standard in eliminating mercury, reducing and recycling solid waste, cutting down on regulated and chemical waste, lowering energy and water consumption, sourcing food and products sustainably and establishing green purchasing policies.

Winning hospitals have demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability and shown leadership in the local community and in the health care sector.

The award was formally presented at the Environmental Excellence Awards Gala held May 9 in Nashville, Tenn., during CleanMed Nashville, a national conference for leaders in health care sustainability.

Sustainability is essential to better care for patients, for communities and for the planet, and is at the heart of the VAMC’s healing mission, the VAMC said in a release.

“In recent years, we have made great strides toward reducing our impact on the environment, and we are committed to doing even more,” said Amanda Furtado, environmental management coordinator at the VAMC.

“From composting all food waste generated in the kitchen that prepares meals for veterans in the Community Living Center, to designing new green LEED buildings, Manchester VAMC is leading the way for sustainability in health care.”