MEDIA ALERT

Virginia Green Travel Alliance Announces

2018 Green Travel Star & Green Travel Leader Award Winners

Were presented on April 25th at the 6th annual Virginia Green Travel Conference held at the Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 26, 2019

RICHMOND, VA. – On April 25th, the Virginia Green program presented the Virginia Green Travel Star Award to nineteen (19) Virginia tourism operations for their outstanding commitments to sustainability and contributions to green tourism at the 6th annual Virginia Green Travel Conference and Travel Star Awards Celebration. Five additional tourism businesses were recognized and received the Virginia Green Travel Leader Award, and three individuals received the Green Team All-Star Award for their outstanding efforts. Finally, one individual was recognized for his career efforts to support green tourism and received the Industry Game-Changer Award.      

The conference was held on April 24-25, 2019 at the Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center.  It featured educational workshops, speakers and panels, and a green tourism business expo. Speakers on the first day included First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam and keynote speaker Shawn Norton of the National Park Service.  The second day featured sustainability efforts in the Shenandoah Valley and the 2018 Virginia Green Travel Awards hosted by Rita McClenny, President & CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation and local meteorologist Aubrey Urbanowicz.

 The Virginia Green program is supported through a partnership between the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association, and the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. The program encourages green practices in all sectors of Virginia’s tourism industry.  More than 1,800 businesses and partner organizations have voluntarily certified their green business practices through the Virginia Green program.

The 2018 Virginia Green Travel Star Award winners are:

Green Travel Partner of the Year                   Wild Wolf Brewing Company, Nellysford

Green Attraction of the Year                          Birdsong Pleasure Garden, Luray

Green B&B of the Year                                  Inn at Riverbend, Pearisburg

Green Brewery of the Year                             Coelacanth, Norfolk

Green Caterer of the Year                              Full Circle Catering, Lexington

Green Convention Center of the Year           Virginia Beach Convention Center

Green Event of the Year                                 Blacks Run Clean-Up, Harrisonburg  

Green Hotel of the Year                                 Doubletree by Hilton Virginia Beach

Green Dining Services                                   JMU Dining Services, Harrisonburg

Green Supplier of the Year                             Yuck Old Paint, LLC, Vienna

Green Supplier of the Year                             Sysco Virginia, Harrisonburg

Green Vacation Rental of the Year                Sandswept, Virginia Beach

Green Winery of the Year                             Delaplane Cellars, Delaplane

Most Innovative Green Projects                    Civil War Trails, Williamsburg

Most Innovative Green Projects                    BF Saul Company Hospitality Group

Most Innovative Green Projects                    Nauticus, Norfolk

Most Innovative Green Projects                    Kiptopeke State Park

Most Innovative Green Projects                    Grayson Highlands State Park

Most Innovative Green Projects                    RIC Capitol Region Airport Commission

The 2018 Virginia Green Travel Leader Award winners are:

Back INN Time, Kilmarnock

Oak Grove Plantation B&B, South Boston

Mountain Song Inn, Willis

Shady Acres B&B, Hanover

Port City Brewing Company, Alexandria

The 2018 Green Team All-Star Award winners are:

Danny Wolf, Wild Wolf Brewing Company

Perry DeMay, Virginia State Parks

Rehn West, Nauticus

The 2018 Industry Game-Changer Award winner is:

Kurt Burkhart, formerly w/ Charlottesville-Albemarle Convention & Visitors Bureau

The full conference agenda and other details can be found at www.tinyurl.com/y3awevrs.  If you would like more information, please contact Tom Griffin of the Virginia Green Travel Alliance at (804) 986-9119 or VirginiaGreen@Virginia.org.

 Virginia Green Program Notes:

The Virginia Tourism Corporation promotes the Virginia Green program partners at www.VirginiaGreenTravel.org and encourages visitors to plan their green vacations in Virginia. 

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality provides technical resources and oversight of the certification process -- www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/PollutionPrevention/VirginiaGreen.aspx.

The Virginia Green Travel Alliance is the non-profit organization that administers the Virginia Green certification program and supports partner outreach and educational opportunities – www.VirginiaGreen.net.

The Virginia Restaurant Lodging & Hospitality Association assists in promotion and development of educational opportunities for the tourism industry.   

 *News coverage by Harrisonburg’s Daily New Record on Virginia First Lady Pamela Northam at the conference is available here.