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The Glen Restaurant
Glen Allen, 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 Glen Restaurant

The Glen Restaurant is part of Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center which became a Green hotel property 2 years ago and continues to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts are focused on improving environmental , social and economic benefits. As a result, the Wyndham Green program targets reducing waste and water and energy usage without sacrificing comfort or personal choice.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Minimize the use of disposable food service items
- Use disposable containers that are recyclable 

Recycle Grease
- Periodically pump the grease traps 
- Filter the grease to prolong its life 
- Have a contract with grease filtering company 

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Aluminum Cans 
- Plastic 
- Toner Cartridges 
- Newspaper 
- Office Paper 
- Cardboard 
- 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 
- 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 screen based ordering systems 
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms 
- Use a last-in/first-out inventory & effective labeling systems 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms 
- Using 'green' Cleaners that are dispensed in bulk 
- Purchase durable equipment and furniture 
- Use reused building materials or those from sustainable sources 
- Use latex paints that are low-VOC 
- Re-use paint thinners 
- 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 
- 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 bathroom sink faucets and showerheads (sink faucets use no more than 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm), showerheads no more than 2.5 gpm) 
- Have automatic faucets or toilets in public restrooms 
- Discourage water-based cleanup (sweep first) 
- Use microfiber technology mops 
- Have an effective landscape management plan 
- Utilize drought tolerant species 
- Utilize metering and rain gauges 
- Have an effective storm water management plan 
- Have porous pavement 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Have had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities 
- Have considered upgrading to an Energy Star Commercial Kitchen Package 
- Use high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and in canned lighting 
- 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 
- 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 
- Purchase ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, etc. 
- Other Activities: Future plans include replacing windows with Energy Star qualified windows

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For more information on The Glen Restaurant, see www.wyndhamvirginiacrossings.com/Dining/dining_glen.asp or contact Brian McDonough at mrekni@wyndham.com or 804-727-1480.

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

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