Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

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Virginia Green

Fork in the City
Roanoke, 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.

Fork in the City

We're proud to introduce you to Fork In The City, serving "Citified Fork Fare" in an awesome downtown Roanoke location! Here you can enjoy a warm, cozy environment, an open kitchen highlighting the wood-fired oven, great live music and an enormous draft and bar selection. FITC features outdoor bistro style dining, ample parking, and our popular Bose Touch Tunes Jukebox with even more room for Dancing! So come find us, and step out of the ordinary and into the Fork!

We are hoping that through our efforts you, our valued customer, will not only have a better experience in our restaurant but feel more comfortable to take some of the measures we have taken into your home- thereby exponentially improving our environment.

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 recyclable 

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 
- Fluorescent Lamps (may required by law) 
- Electronics equipment - computers, etc. 
- Track overall waste bills 
- Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste 
- Purchase locally grown produce and other foods 
- Use reusable dishware and glassware & minimize use of disposables 
- Use non-bleached napkins and coffee filters 
- Use menus and table placards as opportunity to communicate green activities 
- Use high-efficiency hand dryers 
- Use a last-in/first-out inventory & effective labeling systems 
- Encourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials 
- 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 
- 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 
- Minimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping 

Use Water Efficiently
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Use water-flow metering to discover leaks and areas of high use 
- 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) 

Conserve Energy
- Have had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities 
- Use high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and in canned lighting 
- Use LED Exit Signs 
- Use ceiling fans 
- Have a high efficiency heating & air conditioning (HVAC) system 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
 
- Use lighting sensors to turn on / off lights 
- Use occupancy sensors to turn on / off lights 
- Purchase ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, etc. 
- Use fuel efficient vehicles or hybrid vehicles 

Fork in the City    Fork in the City

For more information on Fork in the City, see www.forkinthecity.com or contact Rita Medley at rmedley@cox.net or 540-819-3615.

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

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