Virginia Green Travel Alliance Announces the Winners of the 2022 Virginia Green Travel Star Awards

April 28, 2022

RICHMOND, VA. – On April 25th, the Virginia Green Travel Alliance announced the winners of the 2022

Virginia Green Travel Star & Leader Awards. These awards are presented annually to Virginia’s greenest

tourism operators and partners for their outstanding commitments to sustainability and contributions to green

tourism in Virginia. The awards were presented during the 9th annual Virginia Green Travel Conference &

Awards that were held on April 25 & 26, 2022 at the Hilton Richmond Downtown.

This year, nine (9) Virginia tourism operations were chosen to receive the Virginia Green program’s highest

award, the Virginia Green Travel Star Award. Eleven (11) additional tourism businesses received the Virginia

Green Travel Leader Award for their continued commitments to environmental stewardship, and seven (7)

individuals received the Green Team All-Star Award for their efforts to lead their organizations’ green program

efforts. Additionally, the Virginia Green Travel program held a People’s Choice Awards Contest that challenged

the award winners to promote their award and engage their customers via social media. The awards were

presented on April 25th during a reception, co-hosted by Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Rita McClenny and

NBC12 Meteorologist Andrew Freiden.

“Conserving natural resources, engaging customers, and working to increase sustainable tourism business in

Virginia -- the Virginia Green Travel Certification program works to support and promote those businesses that

are committed to reducing the environmental impacts of their operation,” says Tom Griffin, the Executive

Director of the Virginia Green Travel Alliance.

“The Virginia Green Travel Star Awards recognizes the ‘greenest’ businesses and individuals that have
demonstrated outstanding commitments to the environment in the past year. We are proud to recognize
these businesses as they are true partners in our efforts to promote sustainable tourism in Virginia!”

The Virginia Green Travel program is run through a partnership between the Virginia Department of

Environmental Quality, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia State Parks, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging

& Travel Association, and the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. The program encourages green practices in all

sectors of Virginia’s tourism industry. More than 1,200 businesses and partner organizations have voluntarily

certified their green commitments through Virginia Green.

The 2022 Virginia Green Travel Star Award winners are:

Green Hotel of the Year Fairfield Kingsgate Wyndham, Williamsburg

Green Attraction of the Year Green Leaf & Pebble Tea Spa & Café, Virginia Beach

Green Brewery of the Year Stable Craft Brewing, Waynesboro

Green Convention Center of the Year Greater Richmond Convention Center, Richmond

Green Event of the Year The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, Virginia Beach

Green Transportation Facility of the Year James River Transportation, Richmond

The 2022 Virginia Green Travel Leader Award winners are:

Birdsong Pleasure Garden, Luray

Twin Lakes State Park, Green Bay

Crazy Rooster Brewing Company, Powhatan

Elation Brewing Company, Norfolk

Oak Grove B&B, South Boston

James Madison University Dining Services, Harrisonburg

Shored UP LLC, Hampton

Ducard Vineyards, Etlan

Westmoreland State Park, Montross

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Richmond

Capital Region Airport Commission, Richmond

The 2022 Green Team All-Star Award winners are:

Sarah Stalcup-Jones, Virginia Clean Cities

Hannah Proteau, Green Leaf Green Leaf and Pebble Tea Spa & Café

Chef Khaled and Team - Green Team All-Star, Hilton Richmond Downtown

Megan Hale, Chesapeake Parks, Recreation & Tourism

Matt Robinette, Richmond Region Tourism

Life-Time Achievement & Support:

Virginia Green Stellar Supporter Award: Ron Kuhlman, Virginia Beach CVB

Industry Game Changer Award: Mark Swingle, Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

People’s Choice Social Media Awards:

1st place: Birdsong Pleasure Garden, Luray

2nd place: Westmoreland State Park, Montross

3rd place: Stable Craft Brewing, Waynesboro

If you would like more information about the awards, please contact Tom Griffin of the Virginia Green Travel

Alliance at (804) 986-9119 or