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Virginia Green

Brierley Hill Bed & Breakfast
Lexington, 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.

Brierley Hill Bed & Breakfast

Brierley Hill Bed and Breakfast is located in the Shenandoah Valley and offers two suites, a cottage suite, and three guest rooms. The house was built in 1993 and named for the antique clock that graces its doorway.

Brierley Hill is committed to environmental excellence and works to minimize environmental impacts whenever possible.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Offer optional linen service
- Have signage in each guest room explaining the linen reuse procedures 
- Train housekeeping staff on our process for optional linen service  
- Use non-phosphate, non-toxic and biodegradable laundry detergents 

Recycle
- Have in place clearly marked recycling bins or provide convenient drop-off locations for guests to recycle: 
- Glass Bottles 
- Plastic Bottles 
- Aluminum cans 
- Steel cans 
- Newspaper 

Reduce solid waste
- Instruct housekeeping staff to save and reuse unopened items 
- Do not use any disposable containers, dishware, cutlery, or cups 
- Use non-bleached napkins and coffee filters 
- Provide condiments, cream and sugar, etc. in bulk 
- Purchase recycled-content paper-towels and toilet paper 
- Make double-sided photocopies and avoid making extra photocopies 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms when possible 
- Use green cleaning products that are dispensed in bulk 
- Use latex, low or no-VOC paints 
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles 
- Minimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping 
- Other Activities: Purchase locally grown produce and other foods

Use water efficiently
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Have installed high efficiency dishwashers 
- Have installed cisterns 
- Have installed drip line irrigation 
- Other Activities: Use dry clean up methods over water-based methods. Effective landscape management plan.

Conserve energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Have installed ceiling fans 
- Have installed a high efficiency HVAC system 
- Use lighting sensors to turn on/off lights 
- Have installed directional (downward-facing) lighting in parking areas and other outdoor areas 
- Other Activities: Thermal rated windows and insulation

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

Brierley Hill Bed & Breakfast    Brierley Hill Bed & Breakfast

For more information on Brierley Hill Bed & Breakfast, see www.brierleyhill.com or contact Joyce Hawkins at relax@brierleyhill.com or 540-464-8421.

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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