With rolling countryside and the meandering Rappahannock River, the Fredericksburg Region offers a lot 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 Region 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.
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 is responsible for further greening our city to the tune of 1,000 trees planted to date.
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.