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Randolph-Macon College Macon Coffee
Ashland, 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.

Randolph-Macon College Macon Coffee

Macon Coffee is a combination convenience store, coffee shop, deli, and grill located in Randolph-Macon College's Brown Campus Center. Open from 11 am to 1 am seven days a week, Macon Coffee can provide anything from a quick drink to a hot meal.

Our main food service location, Estes Dining Hall, has been certified as a Virginia Green facility since April 2009. Macon Coffee, while smaller in volume, is still a significant part of R-MC's food service facilities.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Minimize the use of disposable food service items
- Use disposable containers that are recyclable 

Recycle Grease
- Use our grease to make bio-diesel 

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Aluminum Cans 
- Toner Cartridges 
- Newspaper 
- Office Paper 
- Cardboard 
- Packing Supplies 
- Fluorescent Lamps (may required by law) 
- Batteries 
- Electronics equipment - computers, etc. 
- Track overall waste bills 
- Donate excess food from events 
- Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste 
- Purchase locally grown produce and other foods 
- 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 
- Purchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms 
- Purchase durable equipment and furniture 
- Purchase low-VOC carpets and fabrics 
- 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 

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) 
- Discourage water-based cleanup (sweep first) 
- Have an effective landscape management plan 
- Utilize drought tolerant species 
- Have an effective storm water management plan 
- Have rain gardens 
- Minimize impervious areas (paving, concrete, etc.) 
- Use drip line irrigation 
- Maintain vegetative buffers around streams and ponds 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Have had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities 
- Calculate the pollution factor of our energy usage by using a pollution calculator 
- 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 
- Have individual thermostats for each room 
- Use occupancy sensors to turn on / off lights 
- Purchase ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, etc. 
- Have ENERGY STAR qualified windows and doors 
- Use of directional (downward-facing) lighting in parking areas and other outdoor areas 

Randolph-Macon College Macon Coffee    Randolph-Macon College Macon Coffee

For more information on Randolph-Macon College Macon Coffee, see www.rmc.edu or contact Craig C. Collins at ccollins@rmc.edu or 804-752-3141.

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

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