Most Sustainable Facility in the Bay
This category recognizes the best industrial, federal, municipal or institutional facility in the watershed that takes practical steps to prevent stormwater pollutants from washing off their site and into local streams.
Strong sites in this category will describe how:
- Facility operates under an updated stormwater pollution prevention plan to identify and prevent any pollutants from discharging from the property
- Site is frequently and systematically inspected to keep pollutants from contact with rain, treat stormwater hotspots and prevent spills, leaks or illicit pollutant discharges
- Employees are actively engaged and empowered on how to take actions on a daily or seasonal basis to protect water quality
- Parking areas and stormwater infrastructure (storm drains, catch basins and BMPs) are routinely cleaned and maintained to remove trapped litter and pollutants.
- Turf and landscaping are managed to use the least amount of irrigation water, fertilizer and pesticides.
- Site is generally a cool place to work at or live next to.
The Martinsburg VAMC has been proactive in addressing stormwater management while enhancing aesthetics and therapeutic options for its patients. Among the great projects on its campus are a stormwater retention basin surrounded by walking trails, benches and a wheelchair accessible observation deck; a carwash station that uses stormwater collected from the roof of the adjacent warehouse; and over 1.3 acres of permeable pavement parking lots. However, the jurors felt the most impressive effort at this sustainable facility was the establishment of a culture that promoted staff engagement in stormwater management through training, community outreach and participation in environmental management review and planning.
To read the full project narrative and view more photos, visit the project folder on our Google Drive!