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Root and Stem Catering
Falls Church, 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.

Root and Stem Catering

We are a catering kitchen located in a large class A office building in Falls Church, VA. We provide off premise catering through the region.

Our company has a strong commitment towards the Earth and towards our community. Joining Virginia Green promotes both our efforts at creating a green company as well as promotes the Statewide efforts of Virginia Green to push for more companies to have eco-friendly practices

• Awarded 3 stars by the Green Restaurant Association for our ecofriendly practices. Highest rating for any full service caterer in Northern Virginia • First caterer in the country to be certified REAL by the US Healthful Food Council for our commitment to natural, wholesome foods prepared from scratch • Source everything from either local farms or artisan purveyors that sell sustainable seafood, humanely raised animals, or small batch products where the businesses share our values and commitment to food and the environment • Fully customizable menus that are created for each couple based on their tastes and focused on the flavors of the region and season

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 made from recycled content paper 
- Use disposable containers that are compostable and direct this material to available composting operations in your area 
- Use disposable containers that are recyclable 

Recycle Grease
- Filter the grease to prolong its life 
- Use our grease to make bio-diesel 

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Aluminum Cans 
- Plastic 
- Toner Cartridges 
- Cardboard 
- Fluorescent Lamps (may required by law) 
- Batteries 
- Electronics equipment - computers, etc. 
- Cork 
- Track overall waste bills 
- Have numeric goal to reduce overall materials that go to the landfill 
- Donate excess food from events 
- 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 
- 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 
- Print menus on recycled content paper with soy-based inks 
- Use Virginia Green logo to indicate organic, local, or sustainable menu choices 
- Use screen based ordering systems 
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms 
- Purchase recycled content paper towels and toilet paper 
- Use a last-in/first-out inventory & effective labeling systems 
- Encourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials 
- Purchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment 
- Make 2 sided copies / printed materials 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms 
- Using 'green' Cleaners that are dispensed in bulk 
- Purchase durable equipment and furniture 
- Purchase low-VOC carpets and fabrics 
- Use reused building materials or those from sustainable sources 
- Use latex paints that are low-VOC 
- 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 'integrated pest management' (IPM) 
- Minimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping 
- Use a nutrient management plan that minimizes the use of fertilizers in landscaping 

Use Water Efficiently
- Track overall water usage and wastewater 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Use water-flow metering to discover leaks and areas of high use 
- 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) 
- Use microfiber technology mops 
- Have an effective storm water management plan 
- Use rain barrels (www.epa.gov/reg3esd1/garden/index.htm) 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Have a numeric goal to reduce energy usage over time 
- Have evaluated existing ovens and other kitchen equipment for energy efficiency 
- Have considered upgrading to an Energy Star Commercial Kitchen Package 
- 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 lighting sensors to turn on / off lights 
- Use occupancy sensors to turn on / off lights 
- Purchase ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, etc. 
- Use EnergyStar's Benchmarking Tools for the Hospitality Industry 

Root and Stem Catering    Root and Stem Catering

For more information on Root and Stem Catering, see www.rootandstemdc.com or contact Craig Currie at craig@rootandstemdc.com or 703-289-1281.

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

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