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Virginia Green – top state-based green tourism program in the US

Virginia Green Travel Alliance and the Charlottesville Area

If you are traveling in Virginia, you should check out the Virginia Green Travel Alliance.  Their byline is “Helping to take Green Tourism in Virginia to the next level”, and their mission is to advance the objectives the Virginia Green program.  Virginia Green is a network of tourism-related organizations and programs that are committed to protecting the environment while promoting responsible tourism.

“Virginia Green is run through a partnership among the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC), and the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association (VHTA). The program seeks to reduce the environmental impacts of the tourism industry and raise environmental awareness.” (quoted from the Virginia Green portion of the DEQ website, http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/PollutionPrevention/VirginiaGreen/AboutVirginiaGreen.aspx.)

Albemarle County was a charter member of the Virginia Green program.  According to the VisitCharlottesville.org website, the following local restaurants and lodging have received certification from the Virginia Green program (as of March 2016):

Virginia Green

Virginia Green is the statewide program that works to reduce the environmental impacts of Virginia’s Tourism Industry.  The program awards Virginia Green Certification to businesses taking voluntary actions to reduce harmful impacts on the environment.  Many businesses in Charlottesville have achieved Virginia Green Certification.  If you’re looking for an eco-friendly trip, make sure to frequent the options listed below:

Lodging: 

The Omni

The Doubletree Hotel

The Boar’s Head Inn

The English Inn

Sponsor’s Executive Residence Center

Montfair Resort Farm

The Cavalier Inn

Courtyard by Marriott- Charlottesville North

Courtyard by Marriott- UVa/Medical Center

Residence Inn by Marriott

Holiday Inn University Area

Foxfield Inn

Dinsmore House Bed and Breakfast

Hilton Garden Inn Charlottesville

Comfort Inn Monticello 

200 South Street Inn

FairHaven Guesthouse

Arcady Vineyard B&B

High Meadows Vineyard Inn

Inn at Sugar Hollow

Dunlodge Cabin

UVA Inn at Darden 

 

Dining:

Old Mill Room at Boar’s Head

Sticks Kabob Shop – Preston Avenue & Pantops

Hamiltons’ at First & Main

TJ’s Tavern at DoubleTree Hotel

University of Virginia Dining  

 

More links of interest regarding the Virginia Green program:

About Virginia Green
Virginia Green Travel Alliance
Virginia Green Suppliers Network

If you would like more information about the Charlottesville area, please give me a call!

 

If you are considering purchasing or selling a home in the Charlottesville area, please allow me the opportunity to help you put the pieces together.  Virginia Gardner, Roy Wheeler Realty Co., (434) 981-0871Email Virginia