Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Virginia Green
Restaurants

Virginia Green

the boot
Norfolk, 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.

the boot

The Boot is a Norfolk Restaurant specializing in locally grown cuisine, which works closely with Virginia farmers and artisans to bring the freshest, seasonal ingredients to the table. Several nights a week, The Boot also serves as music venue featuring various traveling and local acts. In keeping the whole experience as local as possible, the restaurant walls are decorated with the work of area artists.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Minimize the use of disposable food service items
- Use disposable containers that are made from bio-based materials 
- Use disposable containers that are made from recycled content paper 
- Use disposable containers that are compostable and direct this material to available composting operations in your area 

Recycle Grease
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Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Aluminum Cans 
- Plastic 
- Toner Cartridges 
- Newspaper 
- Cardboard 
- Packing Supplies 
- Fluorescent Lamps (may required by law) 
- Batteries 
- Electronics equipment - computers, etc. 
- Track overall waste bills 
- Compost food waste and other compostables 
- Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste 
- Purchase locally grown produce and other foods 
- Purchase organic and / or 'sustainably-grown' foods 
- Print menus on recycled content paper with soy-based inks 
- Use screen based ordering systems 
- Purchase recycled content paper towels and toilet paper 
- Use a last-in/first-out inventory & effective labeling systems 
- Encourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials 
- Make 2 sided copies / printed materials 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms 
- Using 'green' Cleaners that are dispensed in bulk 
- Use latex paints that are low-VOC 
- Use less toxic materials 
- Other Activities: Recycle menus

Use Water Efficiently
- Track overall water usage and wastewater 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Have low flow bathroom sink faucets and showerheads (sink faucets use no more than 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm), showerheads no more than 2.5 gpm) 
- Have low flow toilets (use 1.6 gallons or less per flush - 1.6 gpf) 
- Discourage water-based cleanup (sweep first) 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Use high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and in canned lighting 
- Use high efficiency compat flourescent ballasts and lamps (T-5's & T-8's) 
- Have a high efficiency heating & air conditioning (HVAC) system 
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
 
- Use lighting sensors to turn on / off lights 
- Purchase ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, etc. 
- Purchase "Green Tags" or "Renewable Energy Certificates" to support new renewable energy resources 
- Use fuel efficient vehicles or hybrid vehicles 
- Other Activities: Stafff ride bikes

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For more information on the boot, see www.insidetheboot.com or contact Megan Frost at info@insidetheboot.com or 757-627-2668.

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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