Posts Tagged ‘eco-tourism’

2011 STIHL Tour des Trees VA2DC Tour

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Dust off your bike helmets, stretch out those calf muscles, and brush up on your environmental knowledge! Registration is open for the 2011 STIHL Tour des Trees VA2DC Tour! “What is this event?” you asked, intrigued by its lengthy title. Continue on, good readers, for I shall tell you.

First, you should probably understand what TREE is if you are not already familiar with the group. TREE, or the “Tree Research Education and Endowment Fund,” is dedicated to “to identify[ing] and fund[ing] projects and programs that advance knowledge in the field of arboriculture and urban forestry to benefit people, trees, and the environment.” They’re a wonderful group that supports nature research around the world, and, according to their mission statement, “the results of TREE Fund-supported research affect people’s lives and arborists’ techniques every day.”

The Tour des Trees is TREE’s largest fundraising event, and it is a primary means of raising public awareness about the necessity and benefit of trees. The first day of the 2011 tour, October 2, is a 30-mile ride around Virginia Beach. Seven days later, the tour ends at Washington D.C. Overall, the riders cover close to 500 miles, and the trip includes areas like Richmond, Williamsburg, and Charlottesville.

If you would like to participate in this enjoyably worthwhile event, registration will be open until September 25, 2011, so there is plenty of time to sign up! Looks like it’s going to be a fun week with some great destinations and a lot of wonderful people (not to mention the health benefits of all the calories you will burn)!


By Tara Stoll

Virginia Green Travel and BBAV Member Properties

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia has over 200 members, all of whom are encouraged to incorporate “green” practices into their businesses. This starts with the BBAV itself. We strive to be green whenever and wherever possible, and use the statewide “Virginia Green” program as a benchmark. We work closely with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to understand the many ways in which Virginia Bed and Breakfasts can help reduce their environmental footprint.

BBAV Members receive quarterly newsletters from Virginia Green, which provide the latest information about environmentally friendly practices; and all BBAV Member Properties are encouraged to participate in the Virginia Green program. Staying informed is the first step.

Our Virginia Bed and Breakfast Members strive to recycle and conserve energy. They are encouraged to discontinue use of disposable cups, plates, and cutlery; fine china, glassware and linens create an elegant atmosphere, and are better for the environment. When possible, member inns replace older shower heads and toilets with new, low-flow models, and use energy efficient appliances and lightbulbs.

Another way BBAV Member Properties support Virginia Green Travel is to shop locally. Purchasing foods at farmers markets, providing locally handcrafted soaps and lotions, and even serving local wines are all ways to reduce the inn’s reliance on fossil fuels and its impact on the environment. Furthermore, fresh ingredients make a noticeable difference in taste.

Perhaps the best aspect of our commitment to Virginia Green Travel is that guests benefit when Virginia Bed and Breakfasts go green. The food is fresher, the setting more elegant, and the conscious is cleaner. It’s a win win situation, all around.