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  • 11 Virginia Hotels That Excel at Being Green

    by Guest | Posted on March 3rd, 2014

    Do you care about the environment?   Do you recycle at home?  Well why wouldn’t you want to support the environment while travelling or on vacation?  The Virginia Green program helps you find green tourism attractions throughout Virginia – even green certified hotels.   Here are 11 great green hotels in Virginia that will help you lower your carbon footprint!

    Hotel Floyd, Floyd, Virginia

    Hotel Floyd, Floyd, Virginia

    The Hotel Floyd (Floyd, VA) was designed to mimic the Southwest Virginia region’s rustic character, artistic roots and appeal.   The hotel features the work of local artisans throughout and it boasts bamboo flooring with geothermal radiant heat and cooling.  Sustainable, no-VOC fabrics and paints throughout.

    The Inn at Virginia Tech & Skelton Conference Center (Blacksburg, VA) focuses on the provision of green meetings and conferences, and the Inn strives every day to reduce wastes and be more energy and water efficient.

    Lansdowne Resort (Lansdowne, VA) is a full service resort and spa with two golf courses and conference center, and Lansdowne demonstrates its commitment to the environment in all of these areas.  Winner for the 2012 Virginia Green Travel Leader award.

    Holiday Inn Oceanside (Virginia Beach, VA) is a Virginia Green partner that fully understands the importance of green practices, including recycling and many upgrades to efficient lighting and water fixtures.  The hotel is also a TripAdvisor Green Leader (bronze).

    Courtyard by Marriott UVA Medical Center (Charlottesville, VA) is a Virginia Green partner that fully demonstrates its commitment to green practices in a very green-minded town.

    John Cario of Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Richmond with Marshall Hall of Natural Organics Processes Enterprise.

    John Cario of Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Richmond with Marshall Hall of Natural Organics Processes Enterprise.

    Stonewall Jackson Hotel & Conference Center (Staunton, VA) places great emphasis on recycling, waste reduction, and hosting green meetings and conferences.

    The Mason Inn & Conference Center (Fairfax, VA) is part of George Mason University, and it is LEED-Gold certified and is a TripAdvisor Green Leader (silver).

    Renaissance Arlington Capital View (Arlington, VA) is LEED-Gold certified and is fully focused on minimizing wastes from its operation in every way, such as composting food wastes.  The Renaissance is a TripAdvisor Green Leader (platinum).

    The Westin Richmond (Richmond, VA) makes “green” a central focus of the entire guest and meeting experience; and it implements new projects every year to reduce its environmental footprint.  Westin Richmond is a winner of the 2013 Virginia Green Travel Star award.

    The Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Richmond (Richmond, VA) composts all of its food wastes, supports recycling projects in local schools, and collects used soaps for recycling in support for international mission projects.   Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Richmond is also a winner of the 2013 Virginia Green Travel Star award.

    Richmond Marriott West (Richmond, VA) is LEED-certified and fully committed to support green meetings as well as overnight stays.

    Please give customer feedback when you visit Virginia Green certified facilities.  Let them know that you appreciate their efforts to protect the environment, or share ideas on how they might continue to improve.

    What do you look for when you travel green? Leave a comment to share your favorite green places, practices and experiences in Virginia.

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    Tom Griffin, Director, Greener Results ConsultingOur guest blogger today, Tom Griffin, is the Virginia Green Program Coordinator, and has been the driving force of the Virginia Green program for Virginia’s tourism and hospitality industry. Industry partners can learn more about the program at VATC.org/VirginiaGreen. Consumers can learn more about Virginia Green travel opportunities at VirginiaGreenTravel.com.



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