Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

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Restaurants

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The Java Shack
Arlington, 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 Java Shack

The Java Shack is Arlington’s Original Coffeehouse, a true community coffeehouse. The Java Shack opened in the spring of 1996 and has been an active partner in the community from day one. It has been honored with numerous awards over the years, including; "Arlington's Small Retail Business of the Year, Best Coffee Shop, Human Services of NOVA Corporate Award" along with many others.

We are proud to be leading the efforts in helping the Restaurant industry move toward a more environmental business.

For more 'green' specific information : http://www.javashack.com/index2.php?body=green

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 
- Other Activities: Give re-usable tumblers to regular customers to reduce paper cups

Recycle Grease
- Other Activities: No grease used

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Plastic 
- Newspaper 
- Cardboard 
- 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 organic and / or 'sustainably-grown' foods 
- Use non-bleached napkins and coffee filters 
- 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 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms 
- Using 'green' Cleaners that are dispensed in bulk 
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles 
- Use less toxic materials 
- Other Activities: Recycle coffee grounds (5-10 lbs.day donated for high energy burning logs and composting)

Use Water Efficiently
- Track overall water usage and wastewater 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Have high efficiency dishwashers 
- 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) 
- Use ceiling fans 
- Have a high efficiency heating & air conditioning (HVAC) system 
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
 
- Purchase ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, etc. 
- Have ENERGY STAR qualified windows and doors 
- Other Activities: Inclusion of 'green meetings' in marketing packages

The Java Shack    The Java Shack

For more information on The Java Shack, see www.javashack.com or contact DALE Roberts at info@javashack.com or 703-527-9556.

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

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