The Virginia Green program recently presented the Virginia Green Travel Star Award to 19 Virginia tourism operations for their outstanding commitments to sustainability and contributions to green tourism at the sixth annual Virginia Green Travel Conference and Travel Star Awards Celebration.
The awards were presented Thursday at the sixth annual Virginia Green Travel Conference held at the Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center.
Five additional tourism businesses including Oak Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast in South Boston were recognized and received the Virginia Green Travel Leader Award, and three individuals received the Green Team All-Star Award for their efforts to protect the environment and promote green tourism in Virginia.
The conference featured educational workshops, amazing speakers and panels, a green tourism business expo that is open to the public. Speakers on the first day include First Lady of Virginia Pamela Northam and keynote speaker Shawn Norton of the National Park Service.
The second day featured sustainability efforts in the Shenandoah Valley and the 2018 Virginia Green Travel Awards hosted by Rita McClenny, president and CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation and local meteorologist Aubrey Urbanowicz.
The Virginia Green program is supported through a partnership between 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 all sectors of Virginia’s tourism industry. More than 1,800 businesses and partner organizations have voluntarily certified their green business practices through the Virginia Green program.