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Green Awards for Inn Virginia Members!

Monday, December 16th, 2013

The environmental awareness movement has reached Inn Virginia. More and more of our member bed & breakfasts are making attempts to “go green,” whether it be by means of solar panels, bath and body products, local produce, recycling, or all of the above. Not only have these inns received praise from guests, but a few of them have also recently been presented with green awards that commend their environmentally friendly efforts.

If you remember one of our past Inn Virginia blogs, then you may already be familiar with Oak Grove Plantation’s incredible solar installation along with other remarkable efforts to decrease their carbon footprint. Just recently, Virginia Green bestowed the Virginia Green Travel Star Award to Oak Grove’s innkeepers Michael Doan and Pickett Craddock, naming them the Green B&B of the Year.

Solar panels installed at Oak Grove Plantation in Virginia

 

Virginia Green also named three of Inn Virginia’s other members as 2013 Green Travel Leaders:

The Collins House Inn- Innkeepers Susan and Mike Edwards have made their B&B a forerunner in Marion, Virginia’s recycling campaign. With a mixture of fresh, local foods, and vegetables and herbs right from the inn’s garden, the Collins House Inn provides deliciously green breakfasts to all of its guests. (Click here to read their press release.)

The Inn at Riverbend- Innkeepers Jimm and Janet Burton keep their B&B green with eco-friendly cleaning products, reusable water bottles, compost, and harvested rain water. They also make exceptional efforts when it comes to the use of energy—timed lights, energy efficient bulbs, and lowered thermostats in unoccupied rooms.  (Click here to read their press release.)

Clay Corner Inn- From recycled paper to eco-friendly air filters, innkeepers Nicky and Rick Aymes-Arevalo have made numerous efforts to go green at their B&B. Readily available recycling bins, green cleaning products and bathroom amenities, and energy efficient lightbulbs are only a few of the ways Clay Corner is a Green Travel Leader.  (Click here to read their press release.)

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Congratulations to these Green, Award-Winning B&Bs!

 

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.