With verdant forests and the meandering Rappahannock River, the Fredericksburg Region has traditionally had a lot to offer for folks looking to escape the standstill traffic of Washington, D.C. Today, another green facet of the area is the growing environmental mindset of local companies, organizations and citizens who increasingly are adding eco-friendly aspects to their business practices.
Growing Chamber of Commerce initiatives, business participation in the state’s Virginia Green program, active community organizations and conservation of the Rappahannock River area all are evidence of the area’s growing environmental movement.
To support local businesses wishing to go green, the Chamber of Commerce is providing information on adopting holistic approaches to raise revenue, increase efficiencies and boost workplace morale. The Chamber’s green tips can be found at www.fredericksburgchamber.org.
Several area hotels are already registered in Virginia Green, a statewide program that promotes environmentally friendly tourism and hospitality businesses. To patronize area businesses that participate in the program, visit www.virginia.org/green.
These local and state programs are in addition to the existing area businesses offering environmental services like environmental engineering, conservation and pollution restoration.
Local citizens are also playing their part. Community organization Friends of the Rappahannock helps keep the Rappahannock River clean, safe and fun, while Tree Fredericksburg was responsible for further greening our city to the tune of 1,000 trees planted to date.
The City of Fredericksburg has contributed to the preservation of green scenery by approving a permanent conservation easement on more than 4,000 acres along the Rappahannock and Rapidan rivers. Not only does the easement enhance beautiful scenery, it conserves valuable ecosystem services, which are the collective direct and indirect benefits we humans derive from the many natural resources and processes that occur in ecosystems.
Going forward, the future has a lot to hold for Fredericksburg area businesses and organizations looking to go green. A business of any size can become a community leader by reducing its environmental footprint to preserve the community’s ecosystems and decrease and eventually eliminate waste and pollution.
Companies can move forward with the mindset of conservation and sustainability by “thinking green” in their business practices and considering regional environmental health in internal decision-making. Local citizens too can play their part by participating in green community organizations. All of these commitments help to expand the collective eco-consciousness of the region, ensuring a greener future for future generations who want to enjoy the Fredericksburg Region.