Virginia Green Events

Green Events (green festivals, conferences, meetings and other events) are those which have been thoughtfully planned in order to minimize environmental impacts and to help increase environmental awareness. "Greening" your event helps set a great example for your participants, and it will cast a positive light on your sponsors. Moreover, all of your participants will appreciate your efforts and hopefully return for the next green event!

Virginia Green Events is a self-certifying program where events must verify that they are at a minimum practicing the Virginia Green Events “core activities” and hopefully doing much more. The Core Activities are:
  • Provide recycling: provide highly visible recycling for its participants
  • Minimize the use of disposable food service products: use products that are made from bio-based or renewable resources and provide for their recycling or composting
  • Minimize use of printed materials: minimize quantities when possible
  • Reduce overall wastes: commitment to reduce waste generated by the event  
  • Post signage informing participants about the event's green attributes. signage should include the Virginia Green logo and list green activities practiced 
Guests attending a Virginia Green Event can expect that the event has at least these activities in place. Participants are encouraged to tell us about all green activities they have undertaken and these are included in the facility’s profile, which appears on our website. Consumers can then choose to attend events that offer the green amenities they value.

Planning an event? See the Virginia Green Event Planning page or factsheet for tips on making it a green event

Participating Events


  • Tidewater
    • Coming soon 

  • Valley
    • Coming soon  

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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