Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

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Hotels & Lodging Facilities

Virginia Green

The Tazewell Hotel, Downtown Norfolk, VA
Norfolk, 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.

The Tazewell Hotel, Downtown Norfolk, VA

The Tazewell Hotel is located in the heart of Downtown Norfolk's Theater, Entertainment and Historic Business Districts. Convenient to I-264, the hotel is within short walking distance of most Corporate /Government offices, the Waterside Festival Marketplace, MacArthur Center Mall, Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin, the Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center, and is within minutes of all area attractions, the Virginia Beach oceanfront & all naval bases. Snappers Restaurant and the Empire Little Bar & Bistro completes the hotel’s storefront.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Offer optional linen service
- Have signage in each guest room explaining the linen reuse procedures 
- Train housekeeping staff on our process for optional linen service  
- Use non-phosphate, non-toxic and biodegradable laundry detergents 
- Minimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals 

Recycle
- Plastic Bottles 
- Newspaper 
- Office paper
Other items recycled by the facility:
 
- Printer/ copy machine toner cartridges 

Reduce solid waste
- Instruct housekeeping staff to save and reuse unopened items 
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms 
- Use high-efficiency hand-dryers 
- Purchase recycled-content paper-towels and toilet paper 
- Reuse scrap paper for notes 
- Reuse or donate shipping and packing supplies (peanuts, bubble wrap, etc.) 
- Use refillable pens and toner cartridges 
- Make double-sided photocopies and avoid making extra photocopies 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms when possible 
- Use latex, low or no-VOC paints 

Use water efficiently
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- 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) 

Conserve energy
- Have individual thermostats for each room; ensure they are correctly adjusted 
- Regularly perform preventative maintenance on 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 LED Exit Signs 

Offer a green events package
- Include the availability of "green meetings/conferences" in marketing packages (see the factsheet on Environmentally-Responsible Conferences & Events) 

The Tazewell Hotel, Downtown Norfolk, VA    The Tazewell Hotel, Downtown Norfolk, VA

For more information on The Tazewell Hotel, Downtown Norfolk, VA, see www.thetazewell.com or contact Vin Lal at vin.lal@thetazewell.com or 757-623-6200.

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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