There are 81 properties currently listed in Virginia Beach. At this time there are 21 "Green" lodging properties listed of which 2 properties have completed the iStayGreen Audit. The Founders Inn And Spa has been awarded a 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating.
To qualify for the Green Eco-Leaf Rating The Founders Inn And Spa completed an audit of their property's compliance with over 70 unique eco-initiatives. Environmentally friendly measures that are reviewed include energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, enviromentally safe cleaning, reduction of waste, ongoing maintenance, purchasing habits, plus many other factors. In it's efforts to create a more sustainable travel future and reduce their impact on our environment, The Founders Inn And Spa employs 29 eco-initiatives.
For detailed information regarding environmental measures currently employed by The Founders Inn And Spa please contact the property directly or email iStayGreen.org.
The Founders Inn and Spa is a Virginia Green certified lodging facility. Virginia Green Lodging is a voluntary program lead by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. This is an initiative to promote pollution prevention practices in the hospitality and lodging sector. Virginia Green Lodging encourages hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts and inns, cabin operations, and other lodging facilities to be aware of their impact on the environment and to take steps to reduce these impacts. We will accomplish this goal by adhering to the following Sustainability Initiatives: Recycling • We allow our guests an opportunity to recycle during their stay. The following items are collected in guestrooms, pre-function space, meeting space, offices, and all back of house spaces: o Glass o Steel Cans o Aluminum Cans o Plastic o Office Paper o Cardboard • In our restaurants, Cooking Grease is removed and recycled • Our building features reused building materials (vintage flooring, beams) • We recycle the fluids in our vehicles • Mercury is captured from proper disposal of fluorescent lamps
Waste Reduction Conference Facilities and Restaurants • We are eliminating the use of Styrofoam • We use dishware and glassware to minimize the use of disposables • Effective food inventory management is practiced to minimize waste • The use of water pitchers is offered to minimize use of single- use bottles • Food overages can be donated to a local homeless shelter • When available, we purchase locally grown produce and food
Guestrooms • Optional free papers (not delivered automatically to the room) • Provides optional linen service in rooms • Linen segregation for lightly soiled loads
Office and Purchasing • Purchase recycled-content paper-towels • Purchase of coreless toilet paper • 2-sided copies/printing • Use electronic correspondence and forms • Purchase of durable equipment and furniture • Purchase recycled content paper • EnergyStar computers
Maintenance • Latex Paint is used in our buildings • We use environmentally- friendly housekeeping products • Integrated pest management plan is in place • Drain plugs are in maintenance shop to prevent spill discharge into the sewer • We practice an effective system of hazardous waste storage through labeling and handling • We are eliminating the use of aerosols Energy Conservation • High efficiency HVAC using natural gas and centrifugal chillers with individual thermostats • Our lights are being replaced by high efficiency compact fluorescent lighting • We use an Ice Storage System to cool the main building • Automatic Light Sensors are placed in our Conference Center Water Conservation • Preventative maintenance of drips and leaks • Well water used for irrigation • Reuse of cooling tower waters • Re-circulating dishwashers • Low Flow Restrictors on toilets • Effective Landscaping Management Plan in place on 26-acre site Green Meetings The Founders Inn and Spa is committed to becoming as environmentally friendly as possible. With that said, we encourage our clients to consider green alternatives for your event as your efforts are an important component in achieving this goal.