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Milton House Bed and Breakfast Inn
Stanley, 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.

Milton House Bed and Breakfast Inn

Milton House Inn Bed and Breakfast is a true Bed and Breakfast welcoming guests to our home. Milton House strives to deliver exceptional customer service while employing Green habits.

Milton House Inn Bed and Breakfast is committed to protecting our air quality and our waters for the sake of protecting wildlife, our health and the eco-system in which we rely as a human family.It is our personal responsibility to be congizant and active in taking any and all possible steps to reduce, reuse and recycle as well as prohibit the consumption and use of chemicals in our environment and in our homes.

Milton house uses only local and organic produce when possible. The B&B uses organic fabrics such as bamboo robes and 100% cotton sheets,Only Organic repellant and natural plants to repel animals from the vegetable garden are used. Gardens, trees and shrubs continously are added to attract and protect wildlife as well as the use of bird houses. Instead of making masses of pamphlets available to guests, notebooks with attractions, restaurants and activities are already prepared for each suite. In these notebooks, guests will also find day trips already planned and mapped out allowing guests to enjoy their adventure and save fuel by streamlining the driving route. Milton House assists guests by collecting their recyclables. We are also use natural cleaners and energy Energy Star efficient appliances and light bulbs.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Offer optional linen service
- Have signage in each guest room explaining the linen reuse procedures 
- Change linens only upon request 
- Train housekeeping staff on our process for optional linen service  
- Purchase water- and energy-efficient washers and dryers 
- Use non-phosphate, non-toxic and biodegradable laundry detergents 
- Minimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals 
- Use a service that has environmentally-preferable wet cleaning for dry-clean only items 
- Line dry linens whenever possible 
- Other Activities: use cold water as often as possible

Recycle
- Have in place clearly marked recycling bins or provide convenient drop-off locations for guests to recycle: 
- Glass Bottles 
- Plastic Bottles 
- Aluminum cans 
- Newspaper 
- Printer/ copy machine toner cartridges 
- Cardboard 
- Batteries 
- Other Activities: e try not to buy items with packaging,but we often re-use when possible.

Reduce solid waste
- Track overall solid waste costs 
- Use bulk soap dispensers instead of individual soaps/shampoos in guest rooms 
- Instruct housekeeping staff to save and reuse unopened items 
- Donate excess food from events 
- Compost food waste and other compostables 
- Have an effective food inventory control system to minimize waste 
- Do not use any disposable containers, dishware, cutlery, or cups 
- Use and compost disposable containers made of compostable material (corn, bamboo, potato starch, sugarcane, etc.) 
- Use cloth napkins 
- Use reusable coffee filters 
- Provide condiments, cream and sugar, etc. in bulk 
- Use water pitchers to minimize the use of single-use bottles 
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms 
- Purchase recycled-content paper-towels and toilet paper 
- Remove facility and staff names from junk mail lists when possible 
- Reuse scrap paper for notes 
- Reuse or donate shipping and packing supplies (peanuts, bubble wrap, etc.) 
- Use refillable pens and toner cartridges 
- Purchase recycled paper with a high-percentage recycled content 
- Make double-sided photocopies and avoid making extra photocopies 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms when possible 
- Use green cleaning products that are dispensed in bulk 
- Use latex, low or no-VOC paints 
- Properly recycle and/or dispose of thinners and solvents 
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles 
- Minimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping 
- Other Activities: try never to buy in plastic or packaging, if we do, it must be recyclable, use reusable grocery bags

Use water efficiently
- Track overall water usage and wastewater costs 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Have installed high efficiency dishwashers 
- Have installed low flow faucets and showerheads (use less than 2.5 gallons per minute) 
- Have installed low flow toilets (use 1.6 gallons per flush or less) 
- Have landscaping that utilizes native species 
- Have minimized our lawn area 

Conserve energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Have installed ceiling fans 
- Have installed ENERGY STAR-rated windows and doors 
- Regularly perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Have installed a high efficiency HVAC system 
- Keep office doors and windows closed if HVAC system is on 
- Use natural lighting (i.e., open draperies and raise shades whenever adequate light from windows is available) 
- Use lighting sensors to turn on/off lights 
- Have adopted a policy/practice to turn off lights in unoccupied rooms 
- Have installed high efficiency fluorescent ballasts and lamps (T-5 and T-8) 
- Use ENERGY STAR qualified appliances (commercial kitchens, heating and cooling, consumer electronics) 
- Have adopted a policy/practice to turn off fans, computers, monitors and other devices in unoccupied rooms at the end of the workday or when otherwise not being used 
- Other Activities: Use stainless steel cookware that uses medium to low heat only- in less time.

Offer a green events package
- We do not host conferences or events 

Milton House Bed and Breakfast Inn    Milton House Bed and Breakfast Inn

For more information on Milton House Bed and Breakfast Inn, see www.miltonhouseinn.com or contact Anita Holley at miltonhouseinn@yahoo.com or 540-778-2495.

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

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