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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.


Maymont is an American estate, situated on 100 acres overlooking the James River in Richmond, Virginia. We invite you to take a walk on the paths, visit the gardens, enjoy the wildlife, explore the mansion or just sit under a lively tree and think you will see why this is one of Richmond’s enduring treasures.

Maymont is a place where people celebrate conservation & preservation of the regions ecosystem.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
- Glass bottles 
- Cardboard 
- Plastic bottles 
- Aluminum cans 
- Steel cans 
- Newspapers 
- Office paper 
- Printer/copy machine toner cartridges 
- 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): _____ Scrap Metal

Minimize the use of disposable food service products.
- Use disposable food service items that are made from bio-based, renewable materials 

Reduce solid waste.
- Track overall solid waste costs (required for Virginia Green) 
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms 
- Reuse scrap paper for notes 
- Use refillable pens and toner cartridges 
- Purchase recycled paper with a high-percentage recycled content 
- Make double-sided photocopies and avoid making extra photocopies 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms when possible
Buildings and grounds
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles 
- Use integrated pest management (IPM) 
- Minimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping 

Use water efficiently.
- Track overall water usage and wastewater costs (required for Virginia Green) 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks  
- Have installed: 
- Automatic faucets or toilets in public restrooms 
- Have an effective landscape management plan that includes one or more of the following:  
- Utilizes native species 
- Utilizes metering and rain gauges 
- Minimizes lawn areas 
- Have installed drip line irrigation 

Conserve energy.
- Track overall energy bills (required for Virginia Green) 
- Have had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities within the past 12 months  
- Regularly perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Have installed a high efficiency HVAC system 
- Keep office doors and windows closed if HVAC system is on 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy

Offer a green events package
- Include the availability of "green meetings / conferences" in marketing packages (see the factsheet on Environmentally - Responsible Conferences and Events) 
- Other activity: We encourage the organizers of all events to recycle and minimize wastes and litter.

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For more information on Maymont, see or contact Cathie Rosenberg at or 804-358-7166 x31.

For more information on the Virginia Green program, see

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