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Mojito Cafe
Virginia Beach, 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.

Mojito Cafe

We are a small full service restaurant.

Our restaurant has gone "green" because we wanted to try and help protect our enviroment.

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 

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 

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) 
- Electronics equipment - computers, etc. 
- Track overall waste bills 
- Have numeric goal to reduce overall materials that go to the landfill 
- 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 high-efficiency hand dryers 
- 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 
- Purchase durable equipment and furniture 
- Use reused building materials or those from sustainable sources 
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles 

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 
- Discourage water-based cleanup (sweep first) 
- Use microfiber technology mops 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Have a numeric goal to reduce energy usage over time 
- Have evaluated existing ovens and other kitchen equipment for energy efficiency 
- Have considered upgrading to an Energy Star Commercial Kitchen Package 
- Use ceiling fans 
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
 

Mojito Cafe    Mojito Cafe

For more information on Mojito Cafe, see www.mojitocafevab.com or contact Edwin Padilla at edwin@mojitocafeinc.hrcoxmail.com or 757-233-6855.

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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