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Sticky Rice
Richmond, 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.

Sticky Rice

Sticky Rice is a Richmond, VA sushi restaurant known for its efforts in recycling, energy savings (our solar panel is visible from the road) and the promotion of local, organic and sustainable menu items.

Sticky Rice is proud of our ongoing efforts in recycling, waste reduction, energy and water conservation and wanted to be a part of an organization that promotes these practices in other VA businesses.

Sticky Rice promotes sustainability actions annually with our Think event. Held each April, all our of specials feature products that contain local, organic and sustainable produce, fish, meats, etc. We also offer a special tasting menu combined with educational materials for our customers.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Minimize the use of disposable food service items
- Use disposable containers that are recyclable 

Recycle Grease
- Store the grease and have it picked up by rendering company 
- Filter the grease to prolong its life 
- Have a contract with grease filtering company 

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Aluminum Cans 
- Steel Cans 
- Plastic 
- Toner Cartridges 
- Newspaper 
- Office Paper 
- Cardboard 
- Packing Supplies 
- Track overall waste bills 
- Donate excess food from events 
- 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 
- Provide condiments, cream and sugar, etc. in bulk 
- 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 screen based ordering systems 
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms 
- Purchase durable equipment and furniture 
- Use reused building materials or those from sustainable sources 
- 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 toilets (use 1.6 gallons or less per flush - 1.6 gpf) 
- Discourage water-based cleanup (sweep first) 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Use high efficiency compat flourescent ballasts and lamps (T-5's & T-8's) 
- Use ceiling fans 
- Have a high efficiency heating & air conditioning (HVAC) system 
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Have individual thermostats for each room 
- Have installed additional insulation 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
 
- Generate electricity from photovoltaic solar panels 
- Purchase ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, etc. 

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For more information on Sticky Rice, see www.StickyRiceFan.com or contact Lander Salzberg at lsalzberg@gmail.com or 804-358-7870.

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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