The Bed and Breakfast Association of Virginia has over 200 members, all of whom are encouraged to incorporate "green" practices into their businesses. This starts with the BBAV itself. We strive to be green whenever and wherever possible, and use the statewide "Virginia Green" program as a benchmark. We work closely with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to understand the many ways in which Virginia Bed and Breakfasts can help reduce their environmental footprint. BBAV Members receive quarterly newsletters from Virginia Green, which provide the latest information about environmentally friendly practices; and all BBAV Member Properties are encouraged to participate in the Virginia Green program. Staying informed is the first step. Our Virginia Bed and Breakfast Members strive to recycle and conserve energy. They are encouraged to discontinue use of disposable cups, plates, and cutlery; fine china, glassware and linens create an elegant atmosphere, and are better for the environment. When possible, member inns replace older shower heads and toilets with new, low-flow models, and use energy efficient appliances and lightbulbs. Another way BBAV Member Properties support Virginia Green Travel is to shop locally. Purchasing foods at farmers markets, providing locally handcrafted soaps and lotions, and even serving local wines are all ways to reduce the inn's reliance on fossil fuels and its impact on the environment. Furthermore, fresh ingredients make a noticeable difference in taste. Perhaps the best aspect of our commitment to Virginia Green Travel is that guests benefit when Virginia Bed and Breakfasts go green. The food is fresher, the setting more elegant, and the conscious is cleaner. It's a win win situation, all around.