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Carolina Cupcakery (In VA!)
Chesapeake, 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.

Carolina Cupcakery (In VA!)

As a cupcake bakery that caters to everyone (including glutenfree sugarfree and vegan options), we utilize every known form of green restaurant practice and construction.

We have been green since opening in 2008, with lo-VOC paint and stain, countertops made from concrete and furniture made from reclaimed parts of old homes.

We are working on a water conservation program whereby customers lick frosting bowls (one person per bowl) to conserve water.

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 

Recycle Grease
- Do not have grease to be recycled 

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Plastic 
- Office Paper 
- Cardboard 
- Fluorescent Lamps (may required by law) 
- Batteries 
- Electronics equipment - computers, etc. 
- Track overall waste bills 
- Have numeric goal to reduce overall materials that go to the landfill 
- Donate excess food from events 
- 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 
- 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 menus and table placards as opportunity to communicate green activities 
- Print menus on recycled content paper with soy-based inks 
- Use Virginia Green logo to indicate organic, local, or sustainable menu choices 
- Use screen based ordering systems 
- 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 
- 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 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms 
- Using 'green' Cleaners that are dispensed in bulk 
- Purchase durable equipment and furniture 
- Purchase low-VOC carpets and fabrics 
- Use reused building materials or those from sustainable sources 
- Use latex paints that are low-VOC 
- Re-use paint thinners 
- 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 
- Use 'integrated pest management' (IPM) 
- Minimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping 
- Use a nutrient management plan that minimizes the use of fertilizers in landscaping 
- Other Activities: All store appliances and furniture are salvaged or recycled.

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 low flow toilets (use 1.6 gallons or less per flush - 1.6 gpf) 
- Utilize drought tolerant species 
- Utilize metering and rain gauges 
- Minimize lawn areas 
- Have an effective storm water management plan 
- Have porous pavement 
- Minimize impervious areas (paving, concrete, etc.) 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Have a numeric goal to reduce energy usage over time 
- Calculate the pollution factor of our energy usage by using a pollution calculator 
- Have evaluated existing ovens and other kitchen equipment for energy efficiency 
- 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) 
- Have a high efficiency heating & air conditioning (HVAC) system 
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
 
- Use lighting sensors to turn on / off lights 
- Purchase ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, etc. 
- Have ENERGY STAR qualified windows and doors 
- Purchase "Green Tags" or "Renewable Energy Certificates" to support new renewable energy resources 

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For more information on Carolina Cupcakery (In VA!), see www.carolinacupcakery.com or contact Dawn Eskins at info@carolinacupcakery.com or 757-204-4775.

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

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