Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

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Hotels & Lodging Facilities

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Comfort Inn Monticello
Charlottesville, 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.

Comfort Inn Monticello

The Comfort Inn Monticello is a quiet hotel conveniently located right off I64 nestled on a hill side. Our remarkable property offers some spectacular extras including welcome receptions upon request, convenient locations near all local attractions, friendly attentive staff; personalized attention to groups and individuals, and clean consistent rooms and facilities. We also feature a free hot breakfast, a 3000 square foot meeting facility which offers full service catering, and banquet planning services. We are SWAM certified members of eVA, ABA and members of the local Chamber of Commerce.

We took into consideration the beliefs of Governor Kane, which has become the beliefs of Comfort Inn Monticello. We want to promote a safe and clean environment not only for our staff but our current and future clients.

-Promote the availability of “green meetings/conferences” in marketing packages - No Styrofoam used in food & beverage events - Clean Up crews are trained to recycle all recyclable materials at conclusion of events - Use silks and reuseable centerpieces - Offer water stations at events - Provide Sales & Marketing media for events electronically to reduce print and paper usage - Store and re-utilize client's crates and cartons for reshipping to help save on packaging materials during events - Provide information to all guests on what is collected for recycling during events - Donate all unused food items from events - LED lighting used in conference rooms

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Offer optional linen service
- Have signage in each guest room explaining the linen reuse procedures 
- Change linens only upon request 
- Train housekeeping staff on our process for optional linen service  
- Purchase water- and energy-efficient washers and dryers 
- Minimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals 

Recycle
- Have in place clearly marked recycling bins or provide convenient drop-off locations for guests to recycle: 
- Glass Bottles 
- Plastic Bottles 
- Aluminum cans 
- Newspaper 
- Office paper
Other items recycled by the facility:
 
- Printer/ copy machine toner cartridges 
- Cardboard 
- Fluorescent lamps 
- Batteries 
- Electronics equipment such as computers, etc. 

Reduce solid waste
- Instruct housekeeping staff to save and reuse unopened items 
- Donate excess food from events 
- Have an effective food inventory control system to minimize waste 
- Use water pitchers to minimize the use of single-use bottles 
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms 
- Purchase recycled-content paper-towels and toilet paper 
- Remove facility and staff names from junk mail lists when possible 
- Reuse scrap paper for notes 
- Reuse or donate shipping and packing supplies (peanuts, bubble wrap, etc.) 
- Use refillable pens and toner cartridges 
- Make double-sided photocopies and avoid making extra photocopies 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms when possible 
- Re-use paint thinners 
- Properly recycle and/or dispose of thinners and solvents 
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles 
- Use integrated pest management (IPM) 
- Minimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping 

Use water efficiently
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Have installed low flow faucets and showerheads (use less than 2.5 gallons per minute) 
- Have installed low flow toilets (use 1.6 gallons per flush or less) 

Conserve energy
- Use ENERGY STARs Benchmarking Tools for the Hospitality Industry 
- Regularly perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Have installed a high efficiency HVAC system 
- Keep office doors and windows closed if HVAC system is on 
- Use natural lighting (i.e., open draperies and raise shades whenever adequate light from windows is available) 
- Have adopted a policy/practice to turn off lights in unoccupied rooms 
- Have installed compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and canned lighting 
- Have installed LED Exit Signs 
- Have adopted a policy/practice to minimize the use of lighting during night cleaning 
- Use ENERGY STAR qualified appliances (commercial kitchens, heating and cooling, consumer electronics) 
- Use ENERGY STAR qualified office equipment (computers, monitors, copiers, printers, etc.) 
- Have adopted a policy/practice to turn off fans, computers, monitors and other devices in unoccupied rooms at the end of the workday or when otherwise not being used 

Offer a green events package
- Include the availability of "green meetings/conferences" in marketing packages (see the factsheet on Environmentally-Responsible Conferences & Events) 

Comfort Inn Monticello    Comfort Inn Monticello

For more information on Comfort Inn Monticello, see bitly.com/VisitCharlottesville or contact Naresh Naran at nnaran@hmphotels.com or 434-977-3300.

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

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