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Jonah's, a culinary emporium
Richmond, 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.

Jonah's, a culinary emporium

VCU dining facility

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Minimize the use of disposable food service items
- 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 Grease
- Have a contract with grease filtering 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 
- Donate excess food from events 
- Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste 
- Purchase locally grown produce and other foods 
- Purchase organic and / or 'sustainably-grown' foods 
- Use non-bleached napkins and coffee filters 
- Provide condiments, cream and sugar, etc. in bulk 
- 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 
- 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 reused building materials or those from sustainable sources 
- Use latex paints that are low-VOC 
- 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 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) 
- Have automatic faucets or toilets in public restrooms 
- Have an effective landscape management plan 
- Utilize drought tolerant species 
- Minimize lawn areas 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Have evaluated existing ovens and other kitchen equipment for energy efficiency 
- 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 installed additional insulation 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
 
- Use lighting sensors to turn on / off lights 
- Purchase ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, etc. 
- Have ENERGY STAR qualified windows and doors 
- Use LEED criteria when developing new buildings 
- Achieved LEED certification (please indicate the LEED certification in the ‘other’ box below) 
- Other Activities: Silver

Jonah's, a culinary emporium    Jonah's, a culinary emporium

For more information on Jonah's, a culinary emporium, see www.campusdish.com/en-US/CSMA/VirginiaCommonwealth/Locations/JonahsatLarrickStudentCenter.htm or contact Tamara Highsmith at dining@vcu.edu or 804-628-3349.

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

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