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The Heritage Store
Virginia Beach, 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.

The Heritage Store

The Heritage is Hampton Roads' largest center for holistic health, natural foods and spiritual growth. Located near the oceanfront in Virginia Beach, the Heritage offers everything you need to be naturally healthy: a health foods store, cafe/deli, book store/gift store and spa/massage center all under one roof.

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 compostable and direct this material to available composting operations in your area 
- Other Activities: Use biodegradable to-go clamshells and cups

Recycle Grease
- Do not have grease to be recycled 

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Plastic 
- Toner Cartridges 
- Newspaper 
- Office Paper 
- Cardboard 
- Packing Supplies 
- Donate excess food from events 
- Compost food waste and other compostables 
- Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste 
- Use a last-in/first-out inventory & effective labeling systems 
- Make 2 sided copies / printed materials 
- Using 'green' Cleaners that are dispensed in bulk 
- Purchase durable equipment and furniture 
- Use less toxic materials 

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

Conserve Energy
- Use ceiling fans 
- Purchase ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, etc. 
- Purchase "Green Tags" or "Renewable Energy Certificates" to support new renewable energy resources 
- Other Activities: Waste oil from manufacturing is reused as fuel

The Heritage Store    The Heritage Store

For more information on The Heritage Store, see or contact Karla Reese & Stephanie Mason at or 757-428-0500.

For more information on the Virginia Green program, see

Virginia GreenVirginia Green is a partnership supported by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Hospitality & Tourism Association, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

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