Virginia Green Welcome and Visitor Centers

Visitor Center

 Visitor Centers can promote the Virginia Green businesses in their region.


 Recycling opportunities at a VDOT rest area.

In many cases Virginia Welcome Centers and local Visitor Centers are the first real contact that visitors have to our state or to a given region, and making a good impression is very important for the tourism industry. It is also the perfect place to introduce environmentally-aware visitors to Virginia Green and to impress them with our tourism industry's commitment to protect and conserve the environment.

Visitor & Welcome Centers throughout the Commonwealth vary in size and scope. But through thoughtful design and operational techniques, environmental impacts from their operation can be greatly minimized.

Visitor Centers are the various locally and regionally supported tourism centers around the state. Virginia Welcome Centers are run by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and staffed by the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

Virginia Green Welcome and Visitor Centers is a self-certifying program in which facilities must verify that they are at a minimum practicing the Virginia Green Welcome Centers “core activities.” The Core Activities are:

  • Provide recycling opportunities: provide recycling opportunities for visitors
  • Minimize the use of non-recyclable food service products: use products that are made from bio-based or renewable resources, and provide for recycling or composting of items
  • Water conservation: have a plan for using water efficiently
  • Energy efficiency: must be taking steps to reduce energy use
  • Promote Virginia Green participants: feature the Virginia Green participants from their region

Participating Local Visitor Centers

Participating Virginia Welcome Centers


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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