Green Initiatives

The staff at the GRCC is committed to environmentally responsible practices, and the GRCC is certified Virginia Green by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Green practices include the following:

  • Active recycling of paper, plastic, aluminum, cardboard, glass, grease, toner cartridges, batteries, newspaper and fluorescent lamps
  • Elimination of Styrofoam and reduction of disposables
  • Water-efficient practices including filters, low-flow faucet aerators, low-flow toilets and drought-resistant landscaping
  • Energy conservation such as fluorescent lighting, state-of-the-art HVAC and lighting energy management systems
  • Energy practices based on event schedules to minimize usage during non-peak times
  • Support of green conferences and events by providing recycling containers, walking maps and green-certified cleaning products
  • Replacing high-wattage lighting fixtures and installing LED bulbs where possible

This environmental commitment is actively communicated to meeting and event planners as well as visitors.


Virginia Green is a partnership among the Virginia is for Lovers initiative, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the Virginia Restaurant/Lodging/Travel Association that encourages green practices throughout the tourism industry.