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Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast
Lynchburg, 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.

Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast

The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, an award-winning Lynchburg VA bed and breakfast, is located within walking distance to historic downtown. Our circa 1910 Carriage House, renovated in 2009, features two additional guest suites, each with California king beds and a private bath with an antique claw-foot tub and separate shower. On the main level we've created a meeting and event venue.

The Carriage House Inn 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  
- Minimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals 

Recycle
- Glass Bottles 
- Plastic Bottles 
- Aluminum cans 
- Steel cans 
- Newspaper 
- Cardboard 
- Fluorescent lamps 
- Other Activities: Packing suplies

Reduce solid waste
- 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 
- Use water pitchers to minimize the use of single-use bottles 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms when possible 
- Use reused building materials or those from sustainable sources 
- Use latex, low or no-VOC paints 
- Re-use paint thinners 
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles 
- Other Activities: Purchase locally-grown, organic produce and other foods

Use water efficiently
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Have installed high efficiency dishwashers 
- 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) 
- Other Activities: Use dry clean up methods over water-based methods

Conserve energy
- 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) 
- Use ENERGY STAR qualified appliances (commercial kitchens, heating and cooling, consumer electronics) 
- Use ENERGY STAR qualified office equipment (computers, monitors, copiers, printers, etc.) 
- 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) 

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For more information on Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, see www.TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com or contact Kathy and Michael Bedsworth at kathy@TheCarriageHouseInnBandB.com or 434-846-1388.

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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