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Postbellum
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.

Postbellum

Postbellum is a dining concept that has taken the definition of the word and built Richmond’s newest concept. The menu that pays homage to postbellum cooking procedures, recipes, and styles. Then, they modernize the end product to give you an incredible variety of taste sensations.

The owners, management, and staff care about sustainable foods, recycling, and being good environmental stewards.

The majority of the RVA postbellum housing is in the historic district located along West Main Street. As for the building itself, we have worked extremely hard to change the layout and feel of the old Mulligans spot, yet use as much of the old materials as possible. The deck bar top is the refinished bar top of the old down stairs bar. The new main bar, supply room bar and all of the downstairs table and booth tops were made from the flooring that once raised the bar area. The booths and bar faces were constructed with reclaimed doors from various RVA locations.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Minimize the use of disposable food service items
- Use disposable containers that are made from bio-based materials 
- Use disposable containers that are made from recycled content paper 
- Use disposable containers that are compostable and direct this material to available composting operations in your area 
- Use disposable containers that are recyclable 
- Other Activities: staff takes many items home for composting in their gardens

Recycle Grease
- Store the grease and have it picked up by rendering company 
- Periodically pump the grease traps 
- Use our grease to make bio-diesel 
- Other Activities: Green Lights Biofuels

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) 
- Batteries 
- Electronics equipment - computers, etc. 
- Track overall waste bills 
- Compost food waste and other compostables 
- Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste 
- Purchase locally grown produce and other foods 
- Purchase organic and / or 'sustainably-grown' foods 
- Use reusable dishware and glassware & minimize use of disposables 
- Use non-bleached napkins and coffee filters 
- Use screen based ordering systems 
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms 
- Purchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment 
- Make 2 sided copies / printed materials 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms 
- Using 'green' Cleaners that are dispensed in bulk 
- Use reused building materials or those from sustainable sources 
- Use latex paints that are low-VOC 
- Properly recycle and / or disposal of thinners and solvents (required by law) 
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles 
- Use 'integrated pest management' (IPM) 

Use Water Efficiently
- Track overall water usage and wastewater 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Have high efficiency dishwashers 
- Have low flow toilets (use 1.6 gallons or less per flush - 1.6 gpf) 
- Have automatic faucets or toilets in public restrooms 
- Other Activities: Air chilled icemakers

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Have considered upgrading to an Energy Star Commercial Kitchen Package 
- Use LED Exit Signs 
- Use ceiling fans 
- Have a high efficiency heating & air conditioning (HVAC) system 
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Use lighting sensors to turn on / off lights 
- Use occupancy sensors to turn on / off lights 
- Purchase ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, etc. 

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For more information on Postbellum, see www.postbellumrichmond.com/ or contact Anthony Clement at anthony.postbellum@gmail.com or 804-353-7678.

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

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