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Natural Bridge Cedar Creek Cafe
Natural Bridge, 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.

Natural Bridge Cedar Creek Cafe

The Cedar Creek Cafe is located at the "Summerhouse" near the starting point of the Cedar Creek Trail leading to the Natural Bridge. Guests enjoy a peaceful lunch break surrounded by the serenity of nature's masterpiece under a covered pavilion or at one of our many picnic tables.

The Cedar Creek Cafe joined Virginia Green in order to minimize waste and reduce our environmental impact.

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 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 
- Plastic 
- Track overall waste bills 
- Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste 
- Use non-bleached napkins and coffee filters 
- Provide condiments, cream and sugar, etc. in bulk 

Use Water Efficiently
- Track overall water usage and wastewater 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Maintain vegetative buffers around streams and ponds 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Have had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities 
- Have evaluated existing ovens and other kitchen equipment for energy efficiency 
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
 

Natural Bridge Cedar Creek Cafe    Natural Bridge Cedar Creek Cafe

For more information on Natural Bridge Cedar Creek Cafe, see www.naturalbridgeva.com/accommodations/dining/ or contact Carly Pleines at cpleines@naturalbridgeva.com or 540-458-3776.

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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