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Boxwoods Restaurant
Fairfax, VA


Virginia Green is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s campaign to promote environmentally-friendly practices in all aspects of Virginia’s tourism industry. Virginia Green has established "core activities" specific to each sector of tourism, and these practices are considered the required minimum for participation in the program. However, Virginia Green encourages its participants to reduce their environmental impacts in all aspects of their operations, and this profile provides a full list of all their “green” activities. These are the activities that guests / customers can expect to find when they visit this facility.

Boxwoods Restaurant

Boxwoods is a full-service restaurant in Fairfax serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Chef’s innovative menu includes regional and American favorites prepared with the freshest ingredients.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Minimize the use of disposable food service items
- Use disposable containers that are made from recycled content paper 
- Other Activities: Use china and linen napkins -- appropriately sized containers for leftovers.

Recycle Grease
- Store the grease and have it picked up by rendering company 
- Periodically pump the grease traps 

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Toner Cartridges 
- Cardboard 
- Track overall waste bills 
- Have numeric goal to reduce overall materials that go to the landfill 
- Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste 
- Use reusable dishware and glassware & minimize use of disposables 
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms 
- Purchase low-VOC carpets and fabrics 
- Use reused building materials or those from sustainable sources 
- Use latex paints that are low-VOC 
- Re-use paint thinners 
- Properly recycle and / or disposal of thinners and solvents (required by law) 
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles 
- Use less toxic materials 

Use Water Efficiently
- Track overall water usage and wastewater 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Have high efficiency dishwashers 
- Have low flow bathroom sink faucets and showerheads (sink faucets use no more than 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm), showerheads no more than 2.5 gpm) 
- Have automatic faucets or toilets in public restrooms 
- Discourage water-based cleanup (sweep first) 
- Have a green roof 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Have evaluated existing ovens and other kitchen equipment for energy efficiency 
- Use high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and in canned lighting 
- Use LED Exit Signs 
- Use high efficiency compat flourescent ballasts and lamps (T-5's & T-8's) 
- Have a high efficiency heating & air conditioning (HVAC) system 
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Have individual thermostats for each room 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
 
- Use lighting sensors to turn on / off lights 
- Use of directional (downward-facing) lighting in parking areas and other outdoor areas 
- Achieved LEED certification (please indicate the LEED certification in the ‘other’ box below) 
- Other Activities: Gold

Boxwoods Restaurant    Boxwoods Restaurant

For more information on Boxwoods Restaurant, see www.themasoninnva.com or contact Richard Hardin at richard.hardin@themasoninnva.com or 703-865-4638.

For more information on the Virginia Green program, see www.deq.state.va.us/Programs/PollutionPrevention/VirginiaGreen.aspx.

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