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Hungry Mother State Park - Restaurant
Marion, 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.

Hungry Mother State Park - Restaurant

State Park that primarily offers outdoor recreational opportunities, but also provides food service and lodging for use by families, business, and government groups.

Many of these standards were already in place as part of routine operations. As a conservation organization, we strive to meet these standards throughout the park.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Minimize the use of disposable food service items
- Use disposable containers that are recyclable 
- Other Activities: do not use styrofoam

Recycle Grease
- Periodically pump the grease traps 

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Aluminum Cans 
- Plastic 
- Toner Cartridges 
- Fluorescent Lamps (may required by law) 
- Batteries 
- Electronics equipment - computers, etc. 
- Track overall waste bills 
- Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste 
- Use reusable dishware and glassware & minimize use of disposables 
- Use water pitchers and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles 
- Purchase recycled content paper towels and toilet paper 
- Make 2 sided copies / printed materials 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms 
- Purchase durable equipment and furniture 
- Use latex paints that are low-VOC 
- Properly recycle and / or disposal of thinners and solvents (required by law) 
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles 
- Use less toxic materials 
- Minimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping 

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 low flow toilets (use 1.6 gallons or less per flush - 1.6 gpf) 
- Maintain vegetative buffers around streams and ponds 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Use high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and in canned lighting 
- Have a high efficiency heating & air conditioning (HVAC) system 
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Have individual thermostats for each room 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
 
- Purchase ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, etc. 
- Use of directional (downward-facing) lighting in parking areas and other outdoor areas 

Hungry Mother State Park - Restaurant    Hungry Mother State Park - Restaurant

For more information on Hungry Mother State Park - Restaurant, see www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/hun.shtml or contact Theresa Duffey at theresa.duffey@dcr.virginia.gov or 804-786-9025.

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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