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Cotton Southern Bistro
Chesapeake, 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.

Cotton Southern Bistro

We are a family/casual dining restaurant located in Chesapeake. We feature Farm to fork ingredients with a emphasis on Southern Classics with a modern twist.

Using fresh "farm to table" ingredients in our menu from local vendors, recycling, and beginning to compost are consistent with Virginia Green's program values, so it was natural for us to join the program.

We are beginning a compost program.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Minimize the use of disposable food service items
- Use disposable containers that are made from bio-based materials 
- Use disposable containers that are compostable and direct this material to available composting operations in your area 

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

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Aluminum Cans 
- Steel Cans 
- Plastic 
- Newspaper 
- Office Paper 
- Cardboard 
- Track overall waste bills 
- Compost food waste and other compostables 
- Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste 
- Purchase locally grown produce and other foods 
- Purchase organic and / or 'sustainably-grown' foods 
- Use water pitchers and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles 
- Use a last-in/first-out inventory & effective labeling systems 
- Purchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment 

Use Water Efficiently
- Track overall water usage and wastewater 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Discourage water-based cleanup (sweep first) 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Use LED Exit Signs 
- Have a high efficiency heating & air conditioning (HVAC) system 
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 

Cotton Southern Bistro    Cotton Southern Bistro

For more information on Cotton Southern Bistro, see www.CottonSouthernBistro.com or contact Jeff Brown at jeff@cottonsouthernbistro.com or 757-609-3156.

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

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