Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Virginia Green
Restaurants

Virginia Green

Big Easy Grill & Oyster 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.

Big Easy Grill & Oyster Bar

Fine Dining restaurant, locally owned and operated & award wining.

We pride ourselves on being innovative and forward thinking. Eco-awareness is just part of that. Its the right thing to do for the environment and our customers!!

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 compostable and direct this material to available composting operations in your area 
- Use disposable containers that are recyclable 

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 
- Toner Cartridges 
- Newspaper 
- Office Paper 
- Cardboard 
- Electronics equipment - computers, etc. 
- Track overall waste bills 
- Donate excess food from events 
- Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste 
- Use reusable dishware and glassware & minimize use of disposables 
- Use water pitchers and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles 
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms 
- Use a last-in/first-out inventory & effective labeling systems 
- Make 2 sided copies / printed materials 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms 
- 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) 
- Minimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 

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For more information on Big Easy Grill & Oyster Bar, see www.bigeasygrillandoysterbar.com/ or contact Kerry Hurley at khurley@ronzobytours.com or 757-227-6222.

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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