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Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast
Virginia Beac, 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.

Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast

Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast is centrally located two blocks form the Virginia Beach Resort in “Old Beach”. The home, circa 1937, was recently expanded. Beach Spa features eight guest rooms, an outdoor heated spa pool, and welcomes events such as weddings and anniversary parties.

Beach Spa 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
- Change linens only upon request 
- Train housekeeping staff on our process for optional linen service  
- Purchase water- and energy-efficient washers and dryers 
- Use non-phosphate, non-toxic and biodegradable laundry detergents 
- Use a service that has environmentally-preferable wet cleaning for dry-clean only items 

Recycle
- Glass Bottles 
- Plastic Bottles 
- Aluminum cans 
- Steel 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
- Track overall solid waste costs 
- Use refillable shampoo bottles rather than single-use bottles 
- Instruct housekeeping staff to save and reuse unopened items 
- Compost food waste and other compostables 
- Have an effective food inventory control system to minimize waste 
- Do not use any disposable containers, dishware, cutlery, or cups 
- Provide condiments, cream and sugar, etc. in bulk 
- Use high-efficiency hand-dryers 
- 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 
- Install carpet with sustainable or recycled content and low-VOC adhesives 
- Use latex, low or no-VOC paints 
- 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 
- Other Activities: Purchase locally gron, organic, and sustainably-grown produce and other foods.

Use water efficiently
- Track overall water usage and wastewater costs 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Use water-flow metering to discover leaks and areas of high use 
- Have installed high efficiency dishwashers 
- Have installed low flow toilets (use 1.6 gallons per flush or less) 
- Have minimized impervious areas (paving, concrete, etc.) 
- Have installed cisterns 
- Have installed rain barrels 
- Have installed drip line irrigation 
- Other Activities: Tank-less water heaters. Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area planting beds.

Conserve energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Calculate the environmental impacts of the facilitys energy usage by using a pollution calculator 
- Have individual thermostats for each room; ensure they are correctly adjusted 
- Have installed ceiling fans 
- Have installed a high efficiency HVAC system 
- Use natural lighting (i.e., open draperies and raise shades whenever adequate light from windows is available) 
- Use lighting sensors to turn on/off lights 
- Have installed high efficiency fluorescent ballasts and lamps (T-5 and T-8) 
- Have installed compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and canned lighting 
- Have installed LED Exit Signs 
- Have installed directional (downward-facing) lighting in parking areas and other outdoor areas 
- Use ENERGY STAR qualified office equipment (computers, monitors, copiers, printers, etc.) 
- Purchase Green Tags or Renewable Energy Certificates to support new renewable energy resources 
- Other Activities: Bike and walk whenever possible.

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

Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast    Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast

For more information on Beach Spa Bed and Breakfast, see www.BeachSpaBedandBreakfast.com or contact Greg Nelson at greg@beachspabednbreakfast.com or 757-422-2621.

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

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