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Oak Grove Plantation B&B
South Boston, 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.

Oak Grove Plantation B&B

Oak Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast is an antebellum home built in the 1820s offering three guest rooms. Oak Grove Plantation is located in Halifax County in Southside Virginia and welcomes pets.

We want to preserve our part of the state’s extraordinary legacy of beautiful landscapes and nourishing wildlife habitats through our green initiatives.

North Carolina-based Southern Energy Management designed and installed the first first solar photo-voltaic system to generate clean electricity at a Virginia Bed and Breakfast. This system should produce enough power to account for more than half of the property’s total demand. The project was financed under a unique set of circumstances that also allow Oak Grove to protect the 400 acres of forest surrounding the inn. We are using a Virginia Land Conservation Incentives Act program to preserve the land in perpetuity, a move that made us eligible for tax breaks to make up for the lost property value. We then then sold the tax breaks and used the proceeds to pay for the solar array. Along with the solar system we have installed a tankless electric hot water heater, and offer a third free night for motorists who arrive in hybrids.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Offer optional linen service
- Have signage in each guest room explaining the linen reuse procedures 
- Change linens only upon request 
- Train housekeeping staff on our process for optional linen service  
- Minimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals 
- Line dry linens whenever possible 

Recycle
- Glass Bottles 
- Plastic Bottles 
- Aluminum cans 
- Steel cans 
- Newspaper 
- Office paper
Other items recycled by the facility:
 
- Printer/ copy machine toner cartridges 
- Cardboard 

Reduce solid waste
- Use bulk soap dispensers instead of individual soaps/shampoos in guest rooms 
- Instruct housekeeping staff to save and reuse unopened items 
- Compost food waste and other compostables 
- Have an effective food inventory control system to minimize waste 
- Do not use any disposable containers, dishware, cutlery, or cups 
- Reuse scrap paper for notes 
- Make double-sided photocopies and avoid making extra photocopies 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms when possible 
- Use latex, low or no-VOC paints 
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles 
- Minimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping 
- Other Activities: Purchase locally-grown, organic produce and other foods

Use water efficiently
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Use microfiber technology mops 
- Have minimized impervious areas (paving, concrete, etc.) 
- Have installed rain barrels 

Conserve energy
- Have installed ceiling fans 
- Have installed a high efficiency HVAC system 
- Use natural lighting (i.e., open draperies and raise shades whenever adequate light from windows is available) 
- Have installed compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and canned lighting 
- Use ENERGY STAR qualified appliances (commercial kitchens, heating and cooling, consumer electronics) 
- Use ENERGY STAR qualified office equipment (computers, monitors, copiers, printers, etc.) 
- Generate electricity from photovoltaic solar panels 
- Other Activities: Have instatlled "low-e" energy efficient storm windows on the south side of the building.

Offer a green events package
- Include the availability of "green meetings/conferences" in marketing packages (see the factsheet on Environmentally-Responsible Conferences & Events) 

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For more information on Oak Grove Plantation B&B, see www.OakGrovePlantation.com or contact Pickett Craddock at oakgrove1@juno.com or 434-575-7137.

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

Virginia GreenVirginia Green is a partnership supported by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Hospitality & Tourism Association, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

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