On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, it was announced that Oak Grove Plantation Bed & Breakfast had won its sixth award from Virginia Green Travel for its environmental initiatives.
The South Boston B&B was one of nine organizations receiving the Virginia Green Travel Leader award for their commitments to sustainability and contributions to green tourism.
The Virginia Green Travel Star & Leader Awards are presented annually to Virginia’s greenest tourism operators and partners for their outstanding commitments to sustainability and contributions to green tourism in Virginia.
Typically, the awards are presented in conjunction with the Virginia Green Travel Star Conference that was postponed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“While this is certainly a very hard time for our industry, we are delighted to recognize these tourism partners for their outstanding achievements”, said Jack Berry, CEO of Richmond Region Tourism and the board chairman of the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. “Businesses like these that are committed to sustainable tourism practices will be a valuable asset to Virginia as our industry recovers.”
Oak Grove won the award in 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019 and won the title of the greenest B&B in Virginia in 2013 and 2017.
In its award, Virginia Green Travel cited these environmental features at Oak Grove:
• 48 solar panels provide 75% of the electricity used;
• Motorists who arrive in a hybrid or electric vehicle or by bicycle, get a third night free;
• Electric vehicle chargers available on-site;
• Bottles, cans, paper, cardboard and plastic are recycled;
• Three rain barrels collect runoff water from the roof; and
• 300 acres of forest are present to act as a carbon sink.
Inkeeper Pickett Craddock said, “I think we must all do our small part to make our world more sustainable. The Halifax County cleanup over the last weekend is a step in that direction.”
The Virginia Green program is supported through a partnership between the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association, and the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. The program encourages green practices in all sectors of Virginia’s tourism industry. More than 1,900 businesses and partner organizations have voluntarily certified their green business practices through the Virginia Green program.