Virginia Green announces 2016 Green Travel Star and Green Travel Leader award winners

va-green-travel-logo-jpgRICHMOND, VA. — The Virginia Green program presented the Virginia Green Travel Star Award to 19 Virginia tourism businesses for their outstanding commitments to green tourism practices at the fourth annual Virginia Green Travel Conference and Travel Star Awards Celebration. Twenty-two additional tourism businesses were recognized and received the Virginia Green Travel Leader Award for their efforts to protect the environment and promote green tourism in Virginia.

The two-day conference ended Feb. 17 at the Darden School of Business Conference Center at the University of Virginia. The conference featured educational workshops, a green tourism business expo and speakers including Maxime Verstraete, vice president of corporate sustainability for Hilton Worldwide. The awards luncheon was hosted by Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe.

The Virginia Green program is run through a partnership of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association, and the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. The program encourages green practices in Virginia’s tourism industry, and it has nearly 1,700 partner organizations that have self-certified their green commitments.


2016 Virginia Green Travel Star Award winners:

• Green Attraction of the Year, Jungle Golf of Virginia Beach
• Green B&B/Inn of the Year, Peabody’s “Hip Little Stay”
• Green Brewery of the Year, Wild Wolf Brewing Co.
• Green Travel Chapter of the Year, Chesapeake Green
• Green Conference Center of the Year, U.Va. Inn at Darden Conference and Event Center
• Green Convention Center of the Year, Virginia Beach Convention Center
• Green Event of the Year, Newport News One City Marathon
• Green Hotel of the Year, Westin Reston Heights
• Green Restaurant of the Year, The Daily
• Green Supplier of the Year, Repsource MidAtlantic
• Green Supporting Partner of the Year, Virginia Clean Cities
• Green Transportation Partner of the Year, Richmond Limousine
• Green Visitor Center of the Year, Hardesty-Higgins House
• Green Winery of the Year, DuCard Vineyards
• Green Winery of the Year, North Gate Vineyard
• Most Innovative Green Projects, Executive Mansion Greening
• Most Innovative Green Projects, Oystoberfest
• Most Innovative Green Projects, Green Corner Consulting
• Industry Game Changer, Eric Walter, Blackbear Composting


2016 Virginia Green Travel Leader Award winners:

• Adventure Kayak Tours
• Burnham Guides
• Green Leaf and Pebble Spa
• Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center Foundation
• Blue Mountain Brewery
• Coelacanth Brewing
• Port City Brewing Co.
• The Damascus Brewery
• RVA Green Team Volunteer Network
• Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast
• Clay Corner Inn and Spa
• Doubletree by Hilton Virginia Beach
• Hilton Richmond Downtown
• Hostelling International Richmond
• Mountain Song Inn
• Oak Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast
• Shadow Mountain Escape
• Caffe Amouri
• Capital Ale House
• Local Roots – A Farm to Table Restaurant
• The Monticello Wine Trail
• Birdsong Pleasure Garden