VA Medical Center opens doors for Earth Day celebrations

West Virginia

The VA Medical Center opened its doors to the community to participate in Earth Day activities.

In Martinsburg, the community had the opportunity to see how the VA Medical Center is an environmental leader, utilizing multiple techniques that is rarely seen at the medical center. Veterans like Jim Holmberg are far too familiar with what goes around at the center’s Earth Day.

“I love all the things that the veterans have made. It’s very nice and I’m very impressed with the  level of work that they produced,” said Holmberg. 

The artwork is all made by veterans from recycled material. From a car wash that uses rainwater, buildings that use solar lighting as well as the new warehouse that is currently being built.

“Where the walls have an airspace and the sun preheats that airspace and that airspace is pumped into the building so it sort of pre-heats the building,” said Environmental Manager Robert More.
Officials say they will continue to take green initiatives at the medical center.

“A lot of people don’t realize it’s the little things here and there. Like our light display, changing out to led light bulbs or segregating out your plastic bottles, just little things like that,” said More.  

Officials say that any resources that are saved by the community also helps fund the veterans programs at the medical center.

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