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Green Business LogoThe businesses listed below competed in the City's Green Business Challenge.  To qualify they had to check off items listed in the application.  Those items covered a range of activites in the following areas: Waste Reduction; Water Conservation; Energy Conservation; Transportation; Recycling; Sustainable Investment; and General/Staff Education.

The points are simply a benchmark; regardless of the number of activites, these businesses have committed their time and money to improve Williamsburg's quality of life and ensure a bright and sustainable future. They're all winners!

Those businesses with the Virginia Green logo are also certified by the Virginia Department of Environment Quality as a “Virginia Green” facility, part of a campaign to promote environmentally-friendly practices in all aspects of Virginia’s tourism industry.

Participants were given the opportunity to illustrate the creative ways they're lessening their carbon footprint, and some of those are highlighted.

 2012 Green Business Challenge Honorees

in alphabetical order

A Williamsburg White House Inn

A Williamsburg White House Inn
Virginia Green Information
Bed & Breakfast

718 Jamestown Road


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Aberdeen BarnVirginia Green Information

1601 Richmond Road


 Aromas 2010

Aromas Specialty Coffees & Gourmet Bakery 
Coffeehouse and Cafe

431 Prince George Street

  • Installed a solar powered light source in their storage shed for use at night.
  • Have a basket for reuseable hot cup jackets (java-jackets).
  • 15% discount on all coffee purchases when the customer brings their own cup.
  • Installed portion controlled hand towels in the restroom.
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D.W. Cherry, DDS 

2225 S. Henry Street, Suite U-1 


The College of William & Mary 
Higher Education

228 Jamestown Road

  • DOT - "Do One Thing" campaign -- asks every department and individual to do one thing to promote sustainability on campus.
  • There is college-wide Sustainability Committee chaired by Lynda Butler, Chancellor Professor of Law, and Dennis Taylor, Professor of Marine Science  
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Colonial Connections
Tour Company

1001A Richmond Road, Suite 1W

Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Virginia Green Information

P.O. Box 1776

• Most Colonial Williamsburg hotel properties and restaurants are certified Virginia Green. They also offer an “environmentally-friendly” package for conferences, meetings and other events.

• Uses three zero-emission, electric trucks to support the maintenance needs, and their bus fleet includes natural gas powered buses

• The Foundation has a standing environmental stewardship committee with stated goals that include encouraging recycling and conservation practices, communicating these practices to employees and guests and helping employees develop recycling and stewardship programs.

• Replaced incandescent or halogen bulbs with highly efficient florescent lamps. A number of the Foundation’s properties have been outfitted with high-efficiency light bulbs—including the lights for the community Christmas tree!

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Compass Wealth Strategies 
Financial Planning

212 N. Henry Street

  • Using extensive email instead of letters to reach clients and prospects.

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Fife & Drum Inn Virginia Green Information
Bed & Breakfast

441 Prince George Street

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Auto Repair

1501 Richmond Road

  • Recycle all tires, batteries, filters, metals, oil, coolant and most paper.

Chamber & Tourism

Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism AllianceVirginia Green Information
Non-profit/Membership Organization

P.O. Box 3495

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441 Prince George Street

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Ripley's Believe it or Not!

1735 Richmond Road

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Subway High Street 

1101 High Street

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The Virginia Gazette
Newspaper, print & online

216 Ironbound Road

  • Recycle 15,000 pounds of newsprint monthly
  • Recycle 3,600 aluminum plates
  • Patrol News Road quarterly for Adopt-A-Highway

Virginia Regional Ballet 
Ballet/Dance Academy

1228 Richmond Road

  • The building that houses Virginia Regional Ballet was built in the 1950's. Recently, VRB replaced the windows to make the building more energy efficent.
  • Installed a water filtered sink in the girls' dressing room.
  • Began online registration, which reduced its paper registrations by 80%.
  • Stopped all printed handouts/newsletters and communicates with its dancers and families via email and bulletin board only.

Wmsbg Hospitality House

Williamsburg Hospitality House Virginia Green Information

415 Richmond Road

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Williamsburg ManorVirginia Green Information
Bed & Breakfast

600 Richmond Road

  • The Williamsburg Manor is trying hard everyday to bring a home built in 1927 into a "green" property.
  • Use only CF light bulbs, and are going to LED lights next.
  • Vigorous recycling policy including guest participation.
  • Compost some food scraps in a kitchen garden, and mulch mow their grass.
  • Amenities are eco friendly and used minimally.
  • As much as possible use local farm products, and even grow a few vegetables, herbs and fruits on site.
  • Starting a water run off collection system and a more complex composting system to include some worm farming.

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Wythe Candy & Gourmet Shop
Candy & Specialty Foods/Retail

Merchants Square
414 West Duke of Gloucester Street

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Last updated: 5/15/2012 12:25:35 PM