About Virginia Green

What is Virginia Green?                                            Virginia Green Logo

Clean water, clean air, and abundant wildlife are what make our mountains, streams, and beaches so appealing to our tourists. Visitors to Virginia care about the environment and so does our tourism industry! This is the main premise behind Virginia Green. It is a network of tourism-related organizations and programs that are committed to protecting the environment while promoting responsible tourism.

Virginia Green is run through a partnership among the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC), the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association (VRLTA) and the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. The program seeks to reduce the environmental impacts of the tourism industry and raise environmental awareness. It started in September 2006 with outreach to hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, and other lodging facilities by the DEQ Office of Pollution PreventionVirginia Green Lodging became the first established program in the Virginia Green network, but standards are now in place or are being developed for all sectors of the hospitality industry.  

DEQ currently manages the application process and works with the Virginia Green Travel Alliance to provide participant assistance and recognition. As part of Virginia is for Lovers website, VTC hosts a online database that allows consumers to search for accommodations, restaurants, attractions, events and conference facilities that participate in Virginia Green. Additionally, VTC and VRLTA both work to market Virginia Green to the hospitality and tourism industry. 

Virginia Green Suppliers Network

Virginia Green Suppliers Network (VGSN) was created to serve as a resource for Virginia Green participants that need green products and services. It is meant to serve as a one-stop-shop for Virginia Green and other tourism facilities that are searching for green products and services.

A Virginia Green Supplier is a business that provides “green” products and services to businesses in the hospitality sector – recycling vendors, grease filtering companies, vendors of bio-based food service products, companies that install photovoltaic solar panels, etc. Any business that wants to apply to the Virginia Green program as a Supplier must submit an explanation of the green products or services the business provides. These products or services should assist the Virginia Green members (the hotels, restaurants, etc.) with their own Virginia Green requirements. 

Benefits of Joining

Facilities that join Virginia Green realize that Virginia’s tourism industry is closely linked to our beautiful natural resources. We all receive many benefits from protecting our environment, but here are some benefits that come directly from participating in Virginia Green:

  • Listed on Virginia Green website and searchable through Virginia is for Lovers (www.Virginia.org/green)
  • Virginia Green Certificate to display at your facility
  • Use of Virginia Green logo
  • Virginia Green profile of your facility
  • Increase patronage by environmental groups and environmentally-aware customers
  • Save $$$ through cost savings measures 

Virginia Green is a partnership program supported by


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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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