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Preston's Restaurant
Blacksburg, 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.

Preston's Restaurant

We are a full service restaurant serving breakfast and luncheon buffets daily with a rotating menu providing a variety of fare including healthful selections. Lunch and dinner feature an a la carte menu with selections for the most discriminating palette. Preston's is also the place for the new River Valley's finest Sunday Brunch.

It is our responsibility to be stewards of the Earth.

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 

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 
- 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 
- 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 
- 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 
- 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 

Use Water Efficiently
- Track overall water usage and wastewater 
- 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 low flow toilets (use 1.6 gallons or less per flush - 1.6 gpf) 
- Discourage water-based cleanup (sweep first) 
- Have an effective landscape management plan 
- Utilize drought tolerant species 
- Minimize lawn areas 
- Minimize impervious areas (paving, concrete, etc.) 
- Maintain vegetative buffers around streams and ponds 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- 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 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 
- Have individual thermostats for each room 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
 
- Use occupancy 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 
- Use EnergyStar's Benchmarking Tools for the Hospitality Industry 

Preston's Restaurant    Preston's Restaurant

For more information on Preston's Restaurant, see www.InnatVirginiaTech.com/dining.php or contact Max Kiebach at mkiebach@vt.edu or 540-231-0121.

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

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