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Press 626 cafe & wine bar
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.

Press 626 cafe & wine bar

Press 626 Café and Wine Bar is a restaurant open 11 am to 11 pm, Monday through Friday, and 5-11 pm on Saturday. We serve paninis, small plates, and entrees along with affordable wine.

We decided to go green because it’s easy to take small steps which impact in a big way.

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
- Store the grease and have it picked up by rendering company 

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Aluminum Cans 
- Plastic 
- Newspaper 
- Office Paper 
- Cardboard 
- Packing Supplies 
- Fluorescent Lamps (may required by law) 
- Batteries 
- Electronics equipment - computers, etc. 
- Donate excess food from events 
- 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 
- Use non-bleached napkins and coffee filters 
- Provide condiments, cream and sugar, etc. in bulk 
- Use water pitchers and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles 
- Use Virginia Green logo to indicate organic, local, or sustainable menu choices 
- 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 
- Make 2 sided copies / printed materials 
- Using 'green' Cleaners that are dispensed in bulk 
- 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 less toxic materials 
- 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 
- Discourage water-based cleanup (sweep first) 
- Minimize lawn areas 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Use high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and in canned lighting 
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Have individual thermostats for each room 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
 
- Use lighting sensors to turn on / off lights 
- Use fuel efficient vehicles or hybrid vehicles 

Press 626 cafe & wine bar    Press 626 cafe & wine bar

For more information on Press 626 cafe & wine bar, see www.press626.com or contact Lindsay Bennett at press626@live.com or 757-282-6234.

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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