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Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Virginia Green
Hotels & Lodging Facilities

Virginia Green

Black Lantern Inn
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.

Black Lantern Inn

Eco-friendly luxury Inn, featuring four distinctly unique guest rooms and homemade cuisine for Travelers. All modern amenities. Free WiFi included.

The Innkeepers respect and appreciate the natural wonders provided by Mother Earth. Dedication to leaving the smallest footprint within our control and to leaving things better than we found them. Our reason for joining Virginia Green is two-fold ~ one we have been eco-friendly since our inception and appreciate the acknowledgement, secondly we would like for the environmentally sensitive traveler to be aware of this great option for green lodging in a B&B in Roanoke, Va.

Support local businesses, farmers and wineries. Buy organic food when possible and purchase building supplies from locally established stores. Outside we provide food resources, water, nesting and perching habitat for resident and migrating birds.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Offer optional linen service
- Have signage in each guest room explaining the linen reuse procedures 
- Train housekeeping staff on our process for optional linen service  

- Have in place clearly marked recycling bins or provide convenient drop-off locations for guests to recycle: 
- Glass Bottles 
- Plastic Bottles 

Reduce solid waste
- Track overall solid waste costs 
- Have a numeric goal to reduce overall materials that go to the landfill 
- Use bulk soap dispensers instead of individual soaps/shampoos in guest rooms 

Use water efficiently
- Track overall water usage and wastewater costs 
- Have established a numeric goal to reduce water consumption over time 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 

Conserve energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- 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 

Offer a green events package

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For more information on Black Lantern Inn, see or contact Ron Chuman at or 540-206-3441.

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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