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Rockafeller's Restaurant
Virginia Beach, 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.

Rockafeller's Restaurant

Rockafeller’s is one of Virginia Beach’s most popular seafood restaurants on Rudee Inlet, and they are doing their part to protect all of Virginia’s natural resources by participating in the Virginia Green Restaurants program.

By their participation, Rockafeller’s offers people the choice of eating at an establishment that is minimizing its environmental impacts as well as leading the way for other establishments to follow suit. While there, they can also feel good knowing that by supporting Rockafeller’s they are also supporting recycling, elimination of Styrofoam and reduction of disposables, grease recycling, water efficiency and energy conservation – even to go boxes and plastic cups have gone green at Rockafeller’s.

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 

Recycle Grease
- Filter the grease to prolong its life 
- Have a contract with grease filtering company 

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Toner Cartridges 
- Newspaper 
- Cardboard 
- Packing Supplies 
- Track overall waste bills 
- Donate excess food from events 
- Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste 
- Use screen based ordering systems 
- 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 
- Make 2 sided copies / printed materials 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms 
- Purchase durable equipment and furniture 
- Use latex paints that are low-VOC 
- 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 
- Use water-flow metering to discover leaks and areas of high use 
- Have high efficiency dishwashers 
- 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 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 
- Have a high efficiency heating & air conditioning (HVAC) system 
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Have installed additional insulation 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
 
- Use lighting sensors to turn on / off lights 
- Purchase ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, etc. 
- Have ENERGY STAR qualified windows and doors 

Rockafeller's Restaurant    Rockafeller's Restaurant

For more information on Rockafeller's Restaurant, see www.rockafellers.com or contact Sean Mulligan at info@rockafellers.com or 757-422-5654.

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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