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Hamiltons' at First & Main
Charlottesville, 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.

Hamiltons' at First & Main

Hamiltons' is a contemporary American Fine Dining restaurant on Charlottesville's Historic Downtown Mall.

Our clientele appreciates patronizing restaurants/businesses that buy local and strive to help improve the environment.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Minimize the use of disposable food service items
- Use disposable containers that are made from recycled content paper 
- Use disposable containers that are recyclable 

Recycle Grease
- Store the grease and have it picked up by rendering company 
- Periodically pump the grease traps 

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Toner Cartridges 
- 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 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 screen based ordering systems 
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms 
- Purchase recycled content paper towels and toilet paper 
- Purchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms 
- Purchase durable equipment and furniture 
- Properly recycle and / or disposal of thinners and solvents (required by law) 
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles 

Use Water Efficiently
- Track overall water usage and wastewater 
- Have a numeric goal to reduce water consumption over time 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Have high efficiency dishwashers 
- Have low flow toilets (use 1.6 gallons or less per flush - 1.6 gpf) 
- Use microfiber technology mops 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Have a numeric goal to reduce energy usage over time 
- 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
 

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For more information on Hamiltons' at First & Main, see www.hamiltonsrestaurant.com or contact Bill hamilton at mail@hamiltonsrestaurant.com or 434-295-6649.

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

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