La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - Gundersen Health System and La Crosse County's landfill gas to energy project gained national attention last year when it allowed the Gundersen Lutheran – Onalaska Campus to become the first known energy independent medical campus in the country. Now the project has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the best in the country for 2012.
The EPA's Landfill Methane Outreach Program named the Gundersen-La Crosse County project one of its 2012 Projects of the Year.
"Projects like this one are improving the environment in the communities we serve, helping to lower the cost of healthcare by reducing our energy costs and are good for our community's future," says Jeff Rich, executive director, GL Envision, LLC, a subsidiary of Gundersen Health System.
"This has proven to be an outstanding partnership. We're proud that we can show other communities across the country just what a public-private partnership can achieve," adds Hank Koch, solid waste director, La Crosse County.
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