Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

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Restaurants

Virginia Green

Giovannis
Va. 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.

Giovannis

We are a family owned and operating restaurant which was established in 1967.

Every little bit helps, but if people can use us as examples of how easy it is to be green we can really make a difference.

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 recyclable 

Recycle Grease
- Store the grease and have it picked up by rendering company 
- Filter the grease to prolong its life 
- Use our grease to make bio-diesel 
- Other Activities: The company that picks up our grease use it for gas

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Aluminum Cans 
- Steel Cans 
- Toner Cartridges 
- Office Paper 
- Cardboard 
- Packing Supplies 
- 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 high-efficiency hand dryers 
- Use a last-in/first-out inventory & effective labeling systems 
- Purchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment 

Use Water Efficiently
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 

Conserve Energy
- Use ceiling fans 
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Have individual thermostats for each room 
- Use lighting sensors to turn on / off lights 

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For more information on Giovannis, see www.giovannisvb.com or contact Stacie Perros at sperros@verizon.net or 757-425-1575.

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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