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Green Business Challenge Winners!

Williamsburg Green Challenge Award

Winner of the Williamsburg Bed and Breakfast Green Challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 12, 2010 Phone: (757) 220-6197

E-mail: [email protected] Announces Green Business Challenge Honorees

(Williamsburg, VA) – Mayor Clyde Haulman announced today the seventeen businesses who took the

City’s First Green Business Challenge and are leaders in making Williamsburg a greener community.

The businesses that participated range from major institutions in the City such as the Colonial

Williamsburg Foundation, the College of William & Mary, and the Greater Williamsburg Chamber &

Tourism Alliance to mid- and small-sized businesses. The announcement was made at the City

Council Meeting November 12, 2010, in order to focus attention as the nation celebrates America

Recycles Day, which falls on November 15.

The 2010 Green Business Honorees are:Business Type of Business

A Williamsburg White House Inn Bed & Breakfast

Aberdeen Barn Restaurant

Aromas Specialty Coffees & Gourmet Bakery Coffeehouse/café

College of William & Mary Higher Education Institution

Colonial Connections Receptive Tour Company

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Non-profit

Compass Wealth Strategies Financial Planning

Fife & Drum Inn Bed & Breakfast

Goodyear Auto Repair

Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance Non-profit/Membership

Retro’s Restaurant

Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum/Attraction

Subway High Street Restaurant

Virginia Gazette Newspaper print & online

Virginia Regional Ballet Ballet/dance academy

Williamsburg Hospitality House Hotel

Williamsburg Manor, Inc. Bed & Breakfast

The friendly challenge was issued late October by the City’s Green Team, who had just received

earlier in the month a Platinum Award in the 2010 Virginia Municipal League (VML) Green

Government Challenge. The Green Team, made up of employees from all departments, wanted to

continue that momentum by creating their own challenge to recognize the efforts of City Businesses in

making Williamsburg a greener community.

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“We’re proud of our continuing recognition as a Green Government, and we wanted to acknowledge

those City businesses that dedicate their staff time and resources to reduce their carbon footprints,”

said Jodi Miller, Assistant City Manager and Chair of the City’s Green Team. “We also know there are

other businesses committed to environmental sustainability and we encourage them to participate in

future challenges so we can share the good work they’re doing as well.”

In his remarks, Mayor Haulman noted not only the depth of the commitment but also the creative

ways the businesses are being green, ranging from installing more efficient lighting and reducing the

use of paper and printed materials to recycling and composting. Several businesses also have

Virginia Green Certification by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for promoting green

tourism: Aberdeen Barn & Williamsburg Hospitality House (the first restaurant and hotel certified in

the City); A Williamsburg White House Inn; Colonial Williamsburg hotels and restaurants; Fife and

Drum Inn; Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance; and Williamsburg Manor.

The Green Team researched other challenges across the country to model some best practices and

designed a comprehensive but user-friendly application. The Challenge required businesses to report

at least 12 activities they’re currently doing in any or all of the following areas:

 Waste Reduction

 Water Conservation

 Energy Conservation

 Transportation

 Recycling

 General/Staff Education

Honorees receive recognition on the City’s website and window clings to show they’re a Williamsburg

Green Business.

Information about the challenge and the businesses that met the challenge – including examples of

their green activities — is available at http://www.williamsburgva.gov/greenchallenge2010.

Contact: Kate Hoving 

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