Wednesday, June 12, 2024

York County Embraces Eco-Friendly Tourism, Becomes Virginia Green Chapter

(York County Public Affairs)

YORK COUNTY — York County announced it recently became a chapter member of Virginia Green Travel, a partnership program that encourages green practices in tourism.

“The County takes pride in its rich history of championing sustainable living and environmental initiatives within its community, while also offering eco-friendly options to tourists. Throughout the area, businesses and organizations are working together to protect our beautiful waterways, beaches, and historic places,” the county said in a press release.

At Riverwalk Landing, the county notes restaurants are required to use sustainable straws or no straws at all, and businesses are heated and cooled by geothermal well fields. Throughout the shopping area, it added, street lamps use LED lights, and many businesses, including as Ben & Jerry’s and Patriot Tours & Provisions, participate in beach cleanup efforts. The Yorktown Cottages use energy-efficient appliances and have created a garden to attract pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, it added.

The county highlighted that historic Yorktown offers tourists several travel options to reduce gas emissions and air pollution, including E-bikes and Segways available for rent and sidewalks and battlefield roads to encourage travelers to walk or peddle around town.

Visitors are also encouraged to use the convenient and complimentary Yorktown Trolley to reduce the number of vehicles traveling throughout the area, the county said., and at the Riverwalk Landing Parking Garage, drivers have access to electric vehicle charging stations.

The county said it also has initiatives in place to preserve waterways and beaches, where several times per week, members of the Public Works Department clean Yorktown Beach and its walkways.

Additionally, Riverwalk Landing Piers is a member of the Virginia Clean Marina Program, a cooperative that investigates and implements methods to protect and improve our local waterways, the county said.

On Saturday, April 13, the county noted it will kick off the 2024 Yorktown Market Days season with its annual Go Green Market, a day dedicated to sustainable living, where participants can grab a free reusable bag from the information tent, then start shopping and learning from 8 a.m. to noon at Riverwalk Landing.

Special exhibitors will have a limited supply of free giveaways along with children’s activities, and the county aims that families will leave the market with a greater understanding of how to be better stewards of the environment. The special market is a joint collaboration of York County’s Department of Public Works and the York County Beautification Committee.

To see a more comprehensive list of environmental initiatives in the historic area, visit

York County businesses who would like to become a certified Virginia Green Travel partner, should contact Deirdre Roesch, Marketing and Communications Manager, York County Economic and Tourism Development, the county said.

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