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Channel Bass Inn Bed and Breakfast
Chincoteague Island, 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.

Channel Bass Inn Bed and Breakfast

The Channel Bass Inn Bed & Breakfast & Tea Room was developed in the twenties from a late 19th century home. Today it has 6 exceptionally quiet and comfortable guest rooms and is surrounded by English and Japanese gardens.

We decided to "go green" to reduce the cost of operations and to conserve natural resources.

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  
- Purchase water- and energy-efficient washers and dryers 
- Minimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals 

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 
- Office paper
Other items recycled by the facility:
 
- Printer/ copy machine toner cartridges 
- Cardboard 
- Fluorescent lamps 
- Batteries 
- Electronics equipment such as computers, etc. 
- Other Activities: Also recycle: aluminum foil, magazines, phone books, metal from renovations!

Reduce solid waste
- Use bulk soap dispensers instead of individual soaps/shampoos in guest rooms 
- 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 water pitchers to minimize the use of single-use bottles 
- Purchase recycled-content paper-towels and toilet paper 
- Remove facility and staff names from junk mail lists when possible 
- Make double-sided photocopies and avoid making extra photocopies 
- 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 
- Properly recycle and/or dispose of thinners and solvents 
- Minimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping 
- Other Activities: Eliminated unwanted catalogs by using www.catalogchoice.org

Use water efficiently
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Other Activities: Discourage water-based cleanup (sweep first). Encourage "scraping and wiping" of food on dishes.

Conserve energy
- Have individual thermostats for each room; ensure they are correctly adjusted 
- Have installed compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and canned lighting 
- Have installed a solar water heating system 
- Other Activities: Use a pellet stove for heating of common areas.

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

Channel Bass Inn Bed and Breakfast    Channel Bass Inn Bed and Breakfast

For more information on Channel Bass Inn Bed and Breakfast, see www.channelcallinn.com or contact Barbara and David Wiedenheft at cbi@intercom.net or 757-336-6148.

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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