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Mar 07

Newport News One City Marathon Recognized as Green Event of the Year

Posted on March 7, 2017 at 8:17 AM by Communications Department

The Newport News One City Marathon, presented by Newport News Shipbuilding, received the Virginia Green Travel Star Award as the Green Event of the Year for its exceptional efforts and commitment to environmental excellence in 2016. The Virginia Green program recognizes outstanding Virginia tourism organizations from across the Commonwealth for their voluntary efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of their operations.
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From left to right: Tom Griffin, Exec. Director, Virginia Green Travel Alliance, First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAullife, Jennifer Privette, Newport News Sustainability Manager

The One City Marathon implemented many “green” initiatives and promoted a healthy lifestyle to strengthen the community and promote green tourism. Sustainable initiatives included eco stations for waste reduction, recycling and composting;__OneCityLogo w-NNSB-notag_SC renewable energy certificates; Nike Reuse-A-Shoe collection; recycled art children’s activities; bulk local water distribution; clothing reuse collection; and curb inlet filters at storm drains to prevent pollutants from entering local waterways. NNGreen, the City’s sustainability program, educated participants and spectators about the sustainability initiatives and the Marathon’s Virginia Green certification at the two-day Health and Wellness Expo.

“We are incredibly proud to recognize The Newport News One City Marathon as a Virginia Green Travel Star,” says Tom Griffin, the Executive Director of the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. “The growth of the Virginia Green program statewide has been remarkable, and our awards program is a celebration of that progress. 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.” Newport News was also named one of the state’s (first of ten) VA Green travel chapters in 2016.

The Virginia Green program is run through a partnership of the Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Association, and the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. The program encourages green practices in Virginia’s tourism industry, and it has nearly 1,700 partner organizations that have self-certified their green commitments. The 2016 Award Summaries are posted on the Virginia Green Travel Alliance website.