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A Bowl of Good Cafe'
Harrisonburg, 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.

A Bowl of Good Cafe'

We are a Quick Casual Cafe.

We decided to join Virginia Green since our building is an addition and was built green from the start. This is also consistent with our personal beliefs and business choices.

We compost every scrap of food! From the customers and the kitchen. All of our employees own cars, but many (including the owners) chose to bike to work with frequency or use public transportation. We give any left over food to the OCP (a community program here). We have solar heated water.

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 

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 
- Donate excess food from events 
- Compost food waste and other compostables 
- Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste 
- Purchase locally grown produce and other foods 
- Purchase organic and / or 'sustainably-grown' 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 menus and table placards as opportunity to communicate green activities 
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms 
- 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 
- Using 'green' Cleaners that are dispensed in bulk 
- Purchase durable equipment and furniture 
- Purchase low-VOC carpets and fabrics 
- Use latex paints that are low-VOC 
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles 
- Use less toxic materials 
- Minimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping 

Use Water Efficiently
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- 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) 
- Utilize drought tolerant species 
- Use rain barrels (www.epa.gov/reg3esd1/garden/index.htm) 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Use high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and in canned lighting 
- Use LED Exit Signs 
- Have a high efficiency heating & air conditioning (HVAC) system 
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Have geothermal heating and cooling 
- Have individual thermostats for each room 
- Have installed additional insulation 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
 
- Have a solar water heating system 
- Have ENERGY STAR qualified windows and doors 
- Other Activities: many of our employees use public tranportaion and bicycles to get to and from work.

A Bowl of Good Cafe'    A Bowl of Good Cafe'

For more information on A Bowl of Good Cafe', see www.abowlofgood.com or contact Rachael Dorsey - co-owner at abowlofgood@gmail.com or 540-437-9020.

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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