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State recognizes Virginia Beach Convention Center, Jungle Golf for green practices

Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, VA (Courtesy of the center's Facebook)
The Virginia Beach Convention Center (Photo courtesy of Virginia Beach Convention and Tourism Bureau)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The Virginia Beach Convention Center will earn a green travel star award for its commitment to environmentally friendly practices.

First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe will present the Convention Center with the award for being the Virginia Department of Environmental Equality’s “green convention center of the year” later this week.

Virginia Beach was an early adopter of “Virginia Green,” a statewide initiative that encourages green practices in the tourism industry throughout the Commonwealth, according to a press release.

The Virginia Beach Convention Center has an active recycling program, uses recycled paper for promotional materials, features a motion-sensor lighting system and its food and beverage operator donates food overages to local food banks, according to a release.

“We are incredibly proud to once again recognize the Virginia Beach Convention Center as a Virginia Green Travel Star,” said Tom Griffin, executive director of the Virginia Green Travel Alliance in a release. “Virginia Green Travel partners are truly leading our program’s efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of the industry and to increase green tourism business in Virginia.”

Another Oceanfront tourist attraction to receive a Virginia Green Travel star is Jungle Golf. It is featured as the state’s “green attraction of the year,” according to a release.

Preston Midgett, Jungle Golf’s president, said the company has been a green attraction for years, but its building burned down in 2014. The organization used environmentally friendly ideas to guide its rebuild.

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