CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- An environmental sustainability in health care organization has recognized the University of Virginia Medical Center.

According to a release, the UVA Medical Center’s Battle Building has earned a 2024 Greening the OR Recognition Award from Practice Greenhealth for its efforts to reduce waste and find innovative sustainability solutions.

This specifically recognizes waste management and reduction, medical device reprocessing, energy management, and anesthesia use.

The release adds that a team of clinicians and staff members at the medical center has been working to reduce medical waste in operating rooms as well as the outpatient clinics at UVA Children’s Hospital.

Last year, the health system collected and reprocessed more than 9,700 pounds of single-use devices for reuse, saving the hospital $730,000.

“In a shifting health care landscape, a focus on sustainability can help build resilience while better protecting the health of patients and the community,” said Gary Cohen, Practice Greenhealth founder. “The team at UVA Health University Medical Center’s Battle Building demonstrates the kind of leadership, innovation, and performance that can drive the entire health sector toward more environmentally responsible practices.”

Other sustainability initiatives focused on reducing single-use plastic bags, expanding recycling, and countertop composting in kitchenettes.

The release says this award is presented annually to honor health care achievements in sustainability.

“This Practice Greenhealth award recognizes the tremendous efforts of individuals and small groups throughout UVA Health who have dedicated their time and energy to make our operating rooms run more efficiently and more sustainably,” said Matthew Meyer, MD, a UVA Health anesthesiologist and member of the UVA Health Sustainability Committee. “I am thrilled to work alongside these passionate, forward-thinking people, and see this award as indicative of a bright and more sustainable future at UVA Health.”

UVA Health was also recognized with a Stryker’s Environmental Excellence Award for the collection and purchasing of reprocessed single-use devices.