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Virginia Green

Fork in the Alley Brick Oven Pub
Roanoke, 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.

Fork in the Alley Brick Oven Pub

Fork in the Alley Brick Oven Pub is located in South Roanoke and features a warm environment, unique hearty fare, brick oven pizza, live music, a fork-after Bose jukebox, three big screen TV’s, and sports and outdoor pavilion dining. Menu items include soups, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, specialty hotdogs, burgers, and the Brick Oven S’mores dessert.

: “Fork in the Alley began the process to ‘go green’ about one year ago in response to the overwhelming amount of trash produced by our new, relatively small restaurant. Going green was right for our operation, is right for the environment, and will hopefully not only improve our customer's experience but educate them on further environmental steps they can do in their home and business.”

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Minimize the use of disposable food service items

Recycle Grease

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Aluminum Cans 
- Plastic 
- Toner Cartridges 
- Cardboard 
- Track overall waste bills 
- Donate excess food from events 
- Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste 
- Use high-efficiency hand dryers 
- Purchase recycled content paper towels and toilet paper 
- Make 2 sided copies / printed materials 

Use Water Efficiently
- Track overall water usage and wastewater 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Discourage water-based cleanup (sweep first) 

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Use ceiling fans 
- Use lighting sensors to turn on / off lights 

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For more information on Fork in the Alley Brick Oven Pub, see or contact Rita Medley at or 540-982-3675.

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