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Getting Your Facility to Go Green

Getting a factory or corporate campus to run smoothly is a monumental feat, so facility managers have good reason for pause when they consider tweaking their operations. But factors ranging from cost savings to environmental concern are prompting these managers to “green” their facilities, i.e. to make them more environmentally sustainable.

Sometimes the greening process begins with a directive from management and a healthy budget; sometimes it’s just a departmental initiative to make changes in the physical plant without affecting the service level or the bottom line. Either way, chances are you can make a big difference. Here are some places to start:

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Lynn Forsman's toast to the bay: Our glasses are half full

Chesapeake Bay Health Fatigue is all around us - from doom and gloom about dead zones to reports about failing to meet improvement targets set 25 years ago.

It's enough to make you feel hopeless and depressed. We believe that by working together we can turn things around. We see the proverbial glass not as half empty, but as half full.

Our ancestors came here by water. Many of us live here because of the water. Who, then, has a greater stake in the health of the Chesapeake Bay than we who live in the Sailing Capital?

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How Green Can You B&B?

Grace Manor Inn, Richmond, VA

It was the Summer of 2007 when it hit – the Green Tornado, or better known to her friends as Dawn Schick. Dawn and Albert Schick had been operating Grace Manor Inn in Richmond’s Historic Fan District for just over 4 years. Albert and Dawn had just taken the trash out – again! It was amazing how much waste their 4-guestroom operation generated! That very day, Dawn said, “Albert, we are going green”; and Albert said, “Yes, honey”, and the Green Tornado has been whirling ever since!

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An Eco-Bistro Experience

Croc’s 19th Street Bistro, Virginia Beach, VA

Croc’s 19th Street Bistro truly is an eco-bistro-experience. The definition above gives you a general idea of what you can expect from the restaurant and its environs, but it doesn’t begin to tell the full story about what Croc’s 19th Street Bistro has become in conjunction with its effort to go green. It has literally become the community hub for environmental stewardship – from its weekly hosting of a Farmer’s Market in its parking lot to its monthly Green Drinks gathering – to the tireless dedication of its owners Kal and Laura Wood Habr to support environmental issues within the community.

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