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Holiday Inn & Suites Front Royal Blue Ridge Shadows
Front Royal, 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.

Holiday Inn & Suites Front Royal Blue Ridge Shadows

Award winning 124 room, full service, conference hotel with Houlihan's Restaurant + Bar and Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club.

We have been involved with VA Green since we first opened our doors in 2008. We feel it is very important to reduce our impact on the environment.

a. Our circulating hot water system eliminates the need for guests to run excessive water down the drain to get hot water at the room faucets. b. In our Pool/Spa Room reduced lighting electrical consumption by 60 – 70 % by converting fixtures from Metal Halide to Compact florescent lamps. c. Converted many of the compact florescent lamps in fixtures in our public areas to high efficiency LED lamps. d. Our hot water heaters are frequently cycled out of service when occupancy is below maximum, reducing our hot water static storage load, thus reducing our natural gas use, lowering energy costs e. Waste florescent and metal halide lamps and ballasts are recycled, preventing the mercury contained in those lights from entering landfills and groundwater. f. Our landscaping is irrigated in the summer using water from the golf course ponds, not municipal drinking water. This keeps us looking great for our guests without impacting what are often limited regional water 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  
- Use non-phosphate, non-toxic and biodegradable laundry detergents 
- 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: 
- 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. 

Reduce solid waste
- Instruct housekeeping staff to save and reuse unopened items 
- Recycle fryer grease 
- Have an effective food inventory control system to minimize waste 
- Do not use any disposable containers, dishware, cutlery, or cups 
- Use cloth napkins 
- Use non-bleached napkins and coffee filters 
- Provide condiments, cream and sugar, etc. in bulk 
- Use water pitchers to minimize the use of single-use bottles 
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms 
- Remove facility and staff names from junk mail lists when possible 
- Reuse scrap paper for notes 
- Reuse or donate shipping and packing supplies (peanuts, bubble wrap, etc.) 
- Make double-sided photocopies and avoid making extra photocopies 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms when possible 
- Properly recycle and/or dispose of thinners and solvents 
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles 
- Minimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping 

Use water efficiently
- Track overall water usage and wastewater costs 
- Have established a numeric goal to reduce water consumption over time 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Have installed low flow toilets (use 1.6 gallons per flush or less) 
- Have installed automatic faucets or toilets in public restrooms 
- Have landscaping that utilizes native species 
- Use rain gauges and water meters and only irrigate when necessary 

Conserve energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Have established a numeric goal to reduce energy usage over time 
- Use ENERGY STARs Benchmarking Tools for the Hospitality Industry 
- Have individual thermostats for each room; ensure they are correctly adjusted 
- Regularly perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Keep office doors and windows closed if HVAC system is on 
- Have installed geothermal heating and cooling 
- 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 adopted a policy/practice to turn off lights in unoccupied rooms 
- Have installed compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and canned lighting 
- Have installed directional (downward-facing) lighting in parking areas and other outdoor areas 
- Use ENERGY STAR qualified office equipment (computers, monitors, copiers, printers, etc.) 
- Have adopted a policy/practice to turn off fans, computers, monitors and other devices in unoccupied rooms at the end of the workday or when otherwise not being used 

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

Holiday Inn & Suites Front Royal Blue Ridge Shadows    Holiday Inn & Suites Front Royal Blue Ridge Shadows

For more information on Holiday Inn & Suites Front Royal Blue Ridge Shadows, see www.hifrontroyalva.com or contact brent jackson at brent.jackson@blueridgeshadows.com or 540-631-3050.

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

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