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Green House
Newport News, 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.

Green House

The Green House features modern American cuisine with an emphasis on the finest seasonal ingredients from local farmers. At Green House, we are focused on providing an exceptional dining experience with the highest levels of customer satisfaction.

The Green House decided to join Virginia Green in an effort to not only live up to our name but also to become a part of a community that supports the cause.

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 
- Use disposable containers that are recyclable 

Recycle Grease
- Store the grease and have it picked up by rendering company 
- Periodically pump the grease traps 
- Have a contract with grease filtering company 

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Aluminum Cans 
- Plastic 
- 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 reusable dishware and glassware & minimize use of disposables 
- Use water pitchers and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles 
- Use menus and table placards as opportunity to communicate green activities 
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms 
- Use a last-in/first-out inventory & effective labeling systems 
- Purchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment 
- Purchase durable equipment and furniture 
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles 
- Use less toxic materials 
- Minimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping 

Use Water Efficiently
- Track overall water usage and wastewater 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Have high efficiency dishwashers 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Have considered upgrading to an Energy Star Commercial Kitchen Package 
- Use high efficiency compat flourescent ballasts and lamps (T-5's & T-8's) 

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For more information on Green House, see www.GreenHousenn.com or contact Kieth Hutchison at KHutchison@magnusonnewportnews.com or 757-591-3505.

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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