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Open Kitchen, LLC
Falls Church, 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.

Open Kitchen, LLC

We are a culinary space were you can enjoy your coffee & pastry at our Coffee & Tea Bar, dine with us for lunch or dinner in our Bistro, learn more about food & wine in our Cooking Classes, and build your own culinary business using our Chef's Timeshare Kitchens.

We believe we have a responsiblility to help offset the restaurant industry's ecological footprint and create a more sustainable Earth for future generations. To help in this endeavor, we are committed to being an eco-friendly food establishment and have created our own Recipe for Green program.

Our Recipe for Green Card is similar to a customer loyalty card in that we offer a discount for those who bring their own to go bag, to go containers, drive a hybrid/walk/use the Metro to get to our culinary space.

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 
- Use disposable containers that are recyclable 
- Other Activities: We encourage our customers to bring in their own containers, coffee mugs, bags, etc.

Recycle Grease
- Store the grease and have it picked up by rendering company 
- Periodically pump the grease traps 
- Filter the grease to prolong its life 
- Use our grease to make bio-diesel 

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Aluminum Cans 
- Steel Cans 
- Plastic 
- Toner Cartridges 
- Newspaper 
- Office Paper 
- Cardboard 
- Packing Supplies 
- Fluorescent Lamps (may required by law) 
- Batteries 
- Electronics equipment - computers, etc. 
- Track overall waste bills 
- 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 
- 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 
- Print menus on recycled content paper with soy-based inks 
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms 
- Purchase recycled content paper towels and toilet paper 
- Use a last-in/first-out inventory & effective labeling systems 
- Purchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment 
- Make 2 sided copies / printed materials 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms 
- Using 'green' Cleaners that are dispensed in bulk 
- Purchase durable equipment and furniture 
- Use latex paints that are low-VOC 
- Properly recycle and / or disposal of thinners and solvents (required by law) 
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles 
- Use 'integrated pest management' (IPM) 

Use Water Efficiently
- Track overall water usage and wastewater 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Have low flow toilets (use 1.6 gallons or less per flush - 1.6 gpf) 
- Discourage water-based cleanup (sweep first) 
- Other Activities: We will only serve water upon request, rather than automatically bringing it to the table.

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Use LED Exit Signs 
- 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 
- Purchase "Green Tags" or "Renewable Energy Certificates" to support new renewable energy resources 

Open Kitchen, LLC    Open Kitchen, LLC

For more information on Open Kitchen, LLC, see www.openkitchen-dcmetro.com or contact Holly Camalier at holly.camalier@openkitchen-dcmetro.com or 703-942-8148.

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

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