April 18, 2008
(AP) Virginia tourism officials are promoting environmentally friendly attractions.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality manages Virginia Green, a program that awards certification to tourism-related business that take voluntary actions to reduce harmful impacts on the environment.
To be certified "green," a business must commit to waste-reducing activities, such as recycling, purchase environmentally friendly products, and other steps that are kind to the environment.
DEQ plans to expand Virginia Green to include wineries, golf courses and Virginia's welcome centers and rest areas.
The Web site VirginiaGreenTravel.org was introduced Friday in Virginia Beach. It's a guidepost to "certified green" tourism businesses, such as lodging facilities, parks and other attractions.
The site also has links to outdoor adventure programs, the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail, eco-friendly events and travel tips.