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Norfolk Botanical Garden
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.

Norfolk Botanical Garden

The Garden dates back to 1938 when the Works Progress Administration sponsored 200 African-American women to clear the dense, native vegetation and plant 4,000 Azaleas. Today, the Garden represents 155-acres of colorful landscapes, unusual flowers, mature forests and seasonal plantings and features one of the largest collections of azaleas, camellias, roses and rhododendrons on the East Coast.

The mission of Norfolk Botanical Garden is to enrich life by promoting the enjoyment of plants and the environment through beautiful gardens and educational programs. Our green actions are a natural extension of this mission.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
- Glass bottles 
- Cardboard 
- Plastic bottles 
- Aluminum cans 
- Steel cans 
- Newspapers 
- Fluorescent lamps (may be required by law) 
- Batteries (may be required by law for NiCad and Lead-Acid) 
- Electronics equipment - computers, etc. (may be required law) 
- Please identify your recycling vendor(s) or service (the company and/or local government that collects your recyclables) (required for Virginia Green): _____ Packing supplies

Minimize the use of disposable food service products.
- Use disposable food service items that are recyclable in your area 
- Please list the diposable food service products that are used at your facility: (required for Virginia Green) Use disposable containers made from recycled content paper that are also recyclable

Reduce solid waste.
- Track overall solid waste costs (required for Virginia Green) 
- Have a numeric goal to reduce overall materials that go to the landfill
Kitchen (or during meetings/events)
- Recycle fryer grease 

Use water efficiently.
- Track overall water usage and wastewater costs (required for Virginia Green) 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks  
- Use water-flow metering to discover leaks and areas of high use  
- Have an effective landscape management plan that includes one or more of the following:  
- Utilizes native species 
- Minimizes lawn areas 
- Have an effective stormwater management plan that includes one or more of the following:  
- Pervious pavement 
- Maintain vegetative buffers around streams and ponds  

Conserve energy.
- Track overall energy bills (required for Virginia Green) 
- Have had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities within the past 12 months  
- Have established a numeric goal to reduce energy usage over time  
- Have individual thermostats for each room; ensure they are correctly adjusted  
- Regularly perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
- Use lighting sensors to turn on/off lights  
- Have installed compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and canned lighting  
- Have installed directional (downward-facing) lighting in parking areas and other outdoor areas  
- Other actions taken related to energy conservation & efficiency:  Use a bio-diesel tram for tours

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

Norfolk Botanical Garden    Norfolk Botanical Garden

For more information on Norfolk Botanical Garden, see or contact Perry Mathews at or 757-441-5830.

For more information on the Virginia Green program, see

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