Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Virginia Green
Hotels & Lodging Facilities

Virginia Green

Homewood Suites by Hilton Dulles - North / Loudoun
Ashburn, 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.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Dulles - North / Loudoun

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  
- Track optional linen participation rate 
- Purchase water- and energy-efficient washers and dryers 
- Use non-phosphate, non-toxic and biodegradable laundry detergents 
- Minimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals 
- Use an ozone laundry system that greatly minimizes the need for detergents and saves water 
- Use a service that has environmentally-preferable wet cleaning for dry-clean only items 
- Line dry linens whenever possible 

Recycle
- Glass Bottles 
- Plastic Bottles 
- Aluminum cans 
- Newspaper 
- Office paper
Other items recycled by the facility:
 
- Printer/ copy machine toner cartridges 
- Batteries 
- Electronics equipment such as computers, etc. 

Reduce solid waste
- Have a numeric goal to reduce overall materials that go to the landfill 
- Use refillable shampoo bottles rather than single-use bottles 
- Instruct housekeeping staff to save and reuse unopened items 
- Recycle fryer grease 
- Have an effective food inventory control system to minimize waste 
- Use non-bleached napkins and coffee filters 
- Provide condiments, cream and sugar, etc. in bulk 
- Use water pitchers to minimize the use of single-use bottles 
- 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 

Use water efficiently
- Have established a numeric goal to reduce water consumption over time 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Use water-flow metering to discover leaks and areas of high use 
- Use microfiber technology mops 
- Have landscaping that utilizes native species 
- Have installed drip line irrigation 

Conserve energy
- Have had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities within the past 12 months 
- Have established a numeric goal to reduce energy usage over time 
- 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 
- Have adopted a policy/practice to minimize the use of lighting during night cleaning 
- 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 
- Use alternative fuel, hybrid-electric, or electric vehicles 
- Generate electricity from photovoltaic solar panels 
- Are working to or have achieved LEED-EB (existing building) certification through operational changes and renovations 

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

Homewood Suites by Hilton Dulles - North / Loudoun    Homewood Suites by Hilton Dulles - North / Loudoun

For more information on Homewood Suites by Hilton Dulles - North / Loudoun, see www.dullesnorthloudoun.homewoodsuites.com or contact Ahmad Erbinieh at ahmad.erbinieh@gmail.com or 703-723-7500.

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.

Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Virginia is for Lovers