Virginia Green Lodging Profile: Staybridge Suites Chantilly/Dulles International Chantilly, Virginia Virginia Green is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s campaign to promote environmentally-friendly practices is 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. Staybridge Suites “Upscale, all-suite extended stay hotel in the Dulles Technology Corridor with 142 suites with full kitchens.” CORE ACTIVITIES for Lodging “þ” This symbol indicates a required activity for Virginia Green Lodging facilities. Participants self-certify that these activities are in place and they provide additional specifics on other activities. Visitors to Staybridge Suites can expect the following practices: þ Optional Linen Service. Virginia Green Lodging facilities must have some sort of system in place that allows guests to not have their sheets and towels changed every day. This facility pledges that they: - Change linens only upon request - Train house cleaners on process for optional linen service - Purchase water and energy efficient washers and dryers - Use non-phosphate, non-toxic, and biodegradable laundry detergents - Minimize use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals - Use and “ozone laundry system” that greatly minimizes need for detergent and saves water - Use linens service providers that employ “wet” versus “dry” cleaning þ Recycling and Waste Reduction. Virginia Green Lodging facilities must recycle Glass Bottles and are highly encouraged to maintain a comprehensive recycling program. This facility pledges that they: - Recycle: glass, aluminum cans, plastic, office paper, toner cartridges, newspaper, cardboard, packing supplies, fluorescent lamps, batteries, electronic equipment - Track overall waste bills Have numeric goal to reduce overall materials that go to the landfill - Instruct housekeeping to save and reuse unopened items - Use reusable dishware and glassware, and minimize use of disposables - Use disposable containers made from recycled content materials - Use non-bleached napkins and coffee filters - Use water pitches and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles - Donate excess food from events - Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste - Purchase recycled-content paper towels and toilet paper Encourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials Purchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment Make 2-sided copies/ printed materials Use electronic correspondence and forms Use “green” cleaners that are dispensed in bulk Have installed high efficiency hand-dryers in restrooms Purchase durable equipment and furniture Purchase low VOC carpets and fabrics Use reused building materials or those from sustainable sources Use latex paints Re-use paint thinners Properly recycle/dispose of thinners and solvents Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles Use a last-in/first-out inventory and labeling system Use less toxic materials Minimize the use of pesticides and herbicides Use a nutrient management plan that minimizes the use of fertilizers Use integrated pest management (IPM) þ Water Conservation. The facility must have a plan for conserving water that should consider plumbing modifications and landscaping. This facility pledges that they: - Track overall water usage and wastewater - Have a numeric goal to reduce water consumption over time - Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks - Use water-flow metering to discover leaks and areas of high use - Have: - high efficiency dishwashers - low flow restrictors on faucets and showerheads - low flow toilets - Discourage water-based cleanup (sweeping first) - Have an effective landscape management plan which utilize metering and rain gauges, and minimizes lawn areas - Have an effective stormwater management plan including: the minimization of impervious areas (paving, concrete, etc) þ Energy Conservation. The facility must have a plan in place that encourages replacement of lighting and equipment to energy-efficient alternatives. This facility pledges that they: - Track overall energy bills - Have had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities - Have a numeric goal of how much they want to reduce their energy usage over time - Have an “energy management system” in place to track and meter energy usage - Calculate the pollution factors of their energy usage - Use: - compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and in canned lighting - LED Exit Signs - high efficiency fluorescent ballasts and lamps (T5s and T8s) - Have high efficiency heating & air conditioning (HVAC) systems - Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system - Have individual thermostats for each room/area - Have installed additional insulation - Use natural lighting - Use lighting sensors to turn on/off lights - Purchase EnergyStar-rated computers, copiers, and appliances - Have thermal-rated windows and insulation - Use directional (downward-facing) lighting in parking areas and other outdoor areas - Use fuel efficient vehicles or hybrid vehicles - Use EnergyStar’s Benchmarking Tools for the Hospitality Industry þ Green Events Package. The facility must offer a “green” or “environmentally-friendly” package for conferences, meetings and other events. Even if the facility only offers occasional, small events, at least recycling will be provided. This facility pledges that they: Promote the availability of “green meetings/conferences” in marketing packages For more information on Staybridge Suites Chantilly, see www.staybridge.com/chantilly or contact Carl Brown at email@example.com or 703-435-8090. For more information on Virginia Green Lodging program, see www.deq.virginia.gov/p2/lodging or go to www.virginiagreentravel.org. Virginia Green Lodging program is a supporting partner of Virginia Green, the Commonwealth’s campaign to encourage environmentally-friendly practices is all aspects of Virginia’s tourism industry. Virginia Green is supported through a partnership between the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.