The Light Well - Coffee | Kitchen | Tavern

Virginia Green Restaurant

Virginia Green Restaurants

The Light Well, Orange, VA

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

The Light Well

We are an energy and environmentally conscious group of owners and we strive to better ourselves, provide a healthier menu and continually bring down our environmental impact.
It was one of our first business decisions to ensure we think about being green and incorporating it into our plan before the business was opened.
We purchase local meat, honey, produce and eggs and are continually looking for more affordable local products to offer our guests.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Eliminate the use of Polystyrene and minimize disposables
- Use disposable containers that are recyclable
Recycle Grease
- Store the grease and have it picked up by rendering company Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green restaurants)
- Aluminum Cans
- Plastic
- Toner Cartridges
- Cardboard
- Track overall waste bills
- Compost food waste and other compostables
- Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste
- Purchase locally grown produce and other foods
- Purchase organic and / or ‘sustainably-grown’ foods
- Use reusable dishware and glassware & minimize use of disposables
- Use non-bleached napkins and coffee filters
- Use water pitchers and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles
- Use menus and table placards as opportunity to communicate green activities
- Use screen based ordering systems
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
- Use a last-in/first-out inventory & effective labeling systems
- Purchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment
- Make 2 sided copies / printed materials
- Use electronic correspondence and forms
- Purchase durable equipment and furniture
- Use latex paints that are low-VOC
- Properly recycle and / or disposal of thinners and solvents (required by law)
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plubming, and vehicles
- Use less toxic materials
- Minimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping
Use Water Efficiently
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
- Have high efficiency dishwashers
- Have low flow bathroom sink faucets and showerheads (sink faucets use no more than 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm), showerheads no more than 2.5 gpm)
- Have low flow toilets (use 1.6 gallons or less per flush – 1.6 gpf)
- Discourage water-based cleanup (sweep first)
- Use microfiber technology mops
- Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills
- Have evaluated existing ovens and other kitchen equipment for energy efficiency
- Have considered upgrading to an Energy Star Commercial Kitchen Package
- Use ceiling fans
- Have a high efficiency heating & air conditioning (HVAC) system
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
- Have individual thermostats for each room
- Have installed additional insulation
- Use natural lighting
- Purchase ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, etc.

For more information on The Light Well, contact Jonathan Dowler at
info@thelightwell.com or 540-661-0004.

For more information on the Virginia Green program, see www.deq.virginia.gov/p2/virginiagreen.

Virginia Green is a partnership supported by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Hospitality & Tourism Association, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.