Virginia Green Lodging - Courtyard by Marriott Richmond Northwest in Richmond, VA

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Virginia Green is the Commonwealth of Virginia's campaign to promote environmentally-friendly practices is 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.

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to adhere to the ever changing demands of society and to help reduce monthly expenses

This Richmond VA hotel near Kings Dominion consists of 146 rooms, 8 suites and 1990 square feet of meeting space. The hotel is located by the Science Museum, Innsbrook Corporate Center and downtown Richmond. People who stay at the hotel near Glen Allen VA are also in close proximity to many of the top companies in Richmond, including Capital One, CarMax and Circuit City.

Green Statement: Our Richmond hotel near Botanical Garden became green "to adhere to the ever changing demands of society and to help reduce monthly expenses".

This symbol indicates a required activity for Virginia Green Lodging facilities. Participants self-certify that these activities are in place and they provide additional specifics on other activities. Visitors to Courtyard by Marriott can expect the following practices:

Optional Linen Service. Green hotels in Richmond VA must have some sort of system in place that allows guests to not have their sheets and towels changed every day. This facility pledges that they:

  •     Change linens only upon request
  •     Train house cleaners on process for optional linen service
  •     Purchase water and energy efficient washers and dryers
  •     Use non-phosphate, non-toxic, and biodegradable laundry detergents
  •     Minimize use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals
  •     Use and "ozone laundry system" that greatly minimizes need for detergent and saves water
  •     Use linens service providers that employ "wet" versus "dry" cleaning

Recycling and Waste Reduction. Virginia green hotels must recycle Glass Bottles and are highly encouraged to maintain a comprehensive recycling program. This facility pledges that they:

  •     Recycle: plastic, office paper, toner cartridges, newspaper, fluorescent lamps, batteries, electronic equipment
  •     Track overall waste bills
  •     Instruct housekeeping to save and reuse unopened items
  •     Donate excess food from events
  •     Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste
  •     Purchase locally grown produce and other foods
  •     Use non-bleached napkins and coffee filters
  •     Provide condiments , cream and sugar, etc. in bulk
  •     Use water pitches and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles
  •     Use screen based ordering system
  •     Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
  •     Use a last-in/first-out inventory and labeling system
  •     Purchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment
  •     Make 2-sided copies/ printed materials
  •     Use electronic correspondence and forms
  •     Use "green" cleaners that are dispensed in bulk
  •     Use latex paints that are low VOC
  •     Re-use paint thinners
  •     Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles
  •     Use less toxic materials
  •     Use integrated pest management (IPM)
  •     Minimize the use of pesticides and herbicides

Water Conservation. Certified green hotels in Richmond VA must have a plan for conserving water that should consider plumbing modifications and landscaping. This facility pledges that they:

  •     Track overall water usage and wastewater
  •     Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
  •     Use water-flow metering to discover leaks and areas of high use
  •     Have high efficiency dishwashers

Energy Conservation. Green hotels in Richmond VA must have a plan in place that encourages replacement of lighting and equipment to energy-efficient alternatives. This facility pledges that they:

  •     Track overall energy bills
  •     Have had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities
  •     Have an "energy management system" in place to track and meter energy usage
  •     Use:
  •     compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and in canned lighting
  •     high efficiency fluorescent ballasts and lamps (T5s and T8s)
  •     Have high efficiency heating & air conditioning (HVAC) systems
  •     Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
  •     Have individual thermostats for each room/area
  •     Have installed additional insulation
  •     Use natural lighting
  •     Use lighting sensors to turn on/off lights
  •     Use occupancy sensors to turn on/off lights
  •     Belong to Energy Star partner hotels

Green Events Package. Virginia Green Lodging facilities must offer a "green" or "environmentally-friendly" package for conferences, meetings and other events. Even if the facility only offers occasional small events, at least recycling will be provided. This facility pledges that they:

  •     Promote the availability of "green meetings/conferences" in marketing packages
  •     Water pitchers versus bottles for all meetings, recycled notepads, natural lighting

For more information on Courtyard by Marriott, see http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ricnw-courtyard-richmond-northwest/.

For more information on Virginia Green Lodging program, see http://www.deq.virginia.gov/p2/lodging or go to http://www.virginiagreentravel.org.

Virginia Green Lodging program is a supporting partner of Virginia Green, the Commonwealth's campaign to encourage environmentally-friendly practices is all aspects of Virginia's tourism industry. Virginia Green is supported through a partnership between the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

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