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Virginia Green

Broad Appetit
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.

Broad Appetit

We run the event down the middle of Broad st. in Richmond, Virginia. There is a downtown recycling program in place through TFC Recycling. They will allow us to use their containers and have offered to dump for us.

Broad Appetit is celebrating it's 5th year of operation and considers it's eco-friendly stance one of it's core purposes - to show how events can be gentle on the Earth. As always, we seek to incorporate all levels of waste reduction such as recycling, composting, green printing practices, and biodegradable banners - which we print a minimal amount of.

Our event specifically features local producers, growers,and specialty local food sources, as well as eco-friendly services such as Farm to Family, Backyard Farmers, Slow Food RVA, and many other non-profits whose goal is to support our local, sustainable food sources and reduce our impact on the environment.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
- Have in place clearly marked recycling locations and/or containers. Please check the items that visitors to your facility are able to recycle: (minimum of 2 required) 
- Glass bottles 
- Aluminum cans 
- Plastic bottles 
- Paper 
- Cardboard 
- Composting of food & other compostable items 
- Other actions taken related to recycling: We will feature recycling organizations and composting demonstrations within the festival.

Minimize the use of disposable food service products.
- Use disposable food service items that are made from bio-based, renewable materials 
- Use disposable food service items that are made with recycled content 
- Use disposable food service items that are recyclable in your area 
- Use compostable food service items and direct this material to available composting operations in your area 

Printed Materials.
- Use electronic registration, correspondence, and forms instead of paper forms 
- Print brochures and other printed items on recycled content paper 
- Purchase/use paper products with 30% or higher recycled-content 

Waste Reduction.
- Track overall solid waste costs (required for Virginia Green) 
- Chose a location/venue that shares a similar commitment to reducing its environmental impacts and include green specifics in contracting. Please provide the "green details" on the venue: 
- Donate excess food from events 
- Arrange for the composting of food waste and other compostables 
- Use non-bleached napkins and coffee filters 
- Provide condiments, cream and sugar, etc. in bulk 
- Use water pitchers to minimize the use of single-use bottles 
- Avoid box lunches and service trays/platters of food instead 
- Have a contract for environmentally-friendly, portable restrooms ( 
- Purchase recycled-content paper towels and toilet paper 
- Encourage the use of mass-transit and/or carpooling to the event 
- Provide for recycling of boxes and other set-up wastes 
- Reuse or donate shipping and packing supplies (peanuts, bubble wrap, etc.) 
- Purchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment 
- Other actions taken to reduce solid waste: Chefs will be using blackboard to display what they are serving instead of signs.

Green Signage.
- Have a link on our website to the Virginia Green Events webpage 
- Have a green event section on our events webpage highlighting all of our green activities 
- Have signs at the event registration which list all of our green activities 
- Use the Virginia Green logo on signs and on recycling containers 
- Have quantified our greening efforts and will post estimates of the reduced environmental impacts (you could use some sort of pollution calculator, such as 
- Other actions taken related to green signage: We will be using biodegradable banners.

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For more information on Broad Appetit, see or contact Tracey Leverty at or 804-305-0601.

For more information on the Virginia Green program, see

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