Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

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The Red Hen
Lexington, 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 Red Hen

“The Red Hen restaurant is a farm-to-table fine dining restaurant located in historic downtown Lexington. Chef Tucker Yoder creates a new menu daily, based on the best and freshest ingredients available locally and seasonally. Serving dinner Monday through Saturday, Lunch Monday through Friday, and Sunday Brunch.”

“We founded our business on the idea that small businesses can be agents for positive change. Our environmental ideals are at the core of our business.”

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Minimize the use of disposable food service items
- Other Activities: No Styrofoam products used

Recycle Grease
- Periodically pump the grease traps 

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Aluminum Cans 
- Plastic 
- Newspaper 
- Cardboard 
- Packing Supplies 
- Fluorescent Lamps (may required by law) 
- Batteries 
- Electronics equipment - computers, etc. 
- 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 
- Use reusable dishware and glassware & minimize use of disposables 
- Provide condiments, cream and sugar, etc. in bulk 
- Use water pitchers and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles 
- Use menus and table placards as opportunity to communicate green activities 
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms 
- Use a last-in/first-out inventory & effective labeling systems 
- Encourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials 
- Purchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms 
- Using 'green' Cleaners that are dispensed in bulk 
- Purchase durable equipment and furniture 
- Purchase low-VOC carpets and fabrics 
- Use reused building materials or those from sustainable sources 
- Use latex paints that are low-VOC 
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles 
- Use less toxic materials 
- Use 'integrated pest management' (IPM) 
- 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 high efficiency dishwashers 
- Have low flow toilets (use 1.6 gallons or less per flush - 1.6 gpf) 
- Discourage water-based cleanup (sweep first) 
- Utilize drought tolerant species 
- Utilize metering and rain gauges 
- Minimize lawn areas 
- Have an effective storm water management plan 
- Have a green roof 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Have a numeric goal to reduce energy usage over time 
- Have evaluated existing ovens and other kitchen equipment for energy efficiency 
- Use high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and in canned lighting 
- Use LED Exit Signs 
- 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 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
 

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For more information on The Red Hen, see www.redhenlex.com or contact Tyler Teass at tyler.teass@gmail.com or 540-464-4401.

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

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