Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel


777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA, 23510, United States   •  Weather:   

Local Time Phone 757-622-6664 Hotel Reservations 888-627-8042


Green Hotel Initiatives

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside - Exterior

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside - Exterior

At Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel, we are deeply committed to preserving and sustaining a healthy environment for the Norfolk community. From water and energy conservation to recycling and solid waste reduction, we have integrated leading eco-friendly practices and sustainability principles into our core business strategy. We embrace our responsibility for environmental stewardship and strongly believe that our efforts serve the interests of both current and future generations.  Explore the eco-friendly initiatives of our Virginia Green Certified hotel below.

Optional Linen Service - 

  • Have signage in each guest room explaining the linen reuse procedures
  • Change linens only upon request
  • Train housekeeping staff on our process for optional linen service 
  • Purchase water- and energy-efficient washers and dryers
  • Use non-phosphate, non-toxic and biodegradable laundry detergents 
  • Minimize use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals

Recycling & Waste Reduction

  • Provide the opportunity for guests to recycle glass bottles, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, steel cans, newspapers, office paper
  • Also recycle printer/ copy machine toner cartridges, cardboard, fluorescent lamps, batteries
  • Track overall solid waste costs
  • Instruct housekeeping staff to save and reuse unopened items
  • Donate excess food from events
  • Have an effective food inventory control system to minimize waste
  • Use disposable foodservice items that are made from renewable materials, bio-based materials and recycled content
  • Use disposable foodservice items that are recyclable
  • Use cloth napkins
  • Use water pitchers to minimize the use of single-use bottles
  • Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
  • Purchase recycled-content paper-towels and toilet paper
  • Remove facility and staff names from junk mail lists when possible
  • Reuse scrap paper for notes
  • Reuse or donate shipping and packing supplies (peanuts, bubble wrap, etc.)
  • Purchase recycled paper with a high-percentage recycled content
  • Make double-sided photocopies and avoid making extra photocopies
  • Use electronic correspondence and forms when possible
  • Use green cleaning products that are dispensed in bulk
  • Use latex, low or no-VOC paints
  • Properly recycle and/or dispose of thinners and solvents
  • Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles
  • Use integrated pest management (IPM)

Water Conservation

  • Track overall water usage and wastewater costs
  • Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
  • Installed high efficiency dishwashers and automatic faucets or toilets in public restrooms
  • Have an effective landscape management plan that minimizes lawn areas

Energy Conservation

  • Track overall energy bills
  • Have had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities within the past 12 months
  • Have individual thermostats for each room; ensure they are correctly adjusted
  • Regularly perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
  • Installed a high efficiency HVAC system
  • Keep office doors and windows closed if HVAC system is on
  • Use natural lighting (i.e., open draperies and raise shades whenever adequate light from windows is available)
  • Adopted a policy/practice to turn off lights in unoccupied rooms
  • Installed LED Exit Signs
  • Adopted a policy/practice to turn off fans, computers, monitors and other devices in unoccupied rooms at the end of the workday or when otherwise not being used

Green Meetings & Events

  • Provide meeting space recycling
  • Utilize white boards or recycled content flip charts
  • Use electronic meeting tools including proposals, contracts and personal reservations websites
  • Offer sustainable banquet food and beverage ideas including bottled water alternatives and condiments served in bulk
  • Use environmentally-friendly chafing fuel
  • Promote the availability of “green meetings/conferences” in marketing packages

Other Initiatives

  • Use only sustainable seafood items through
  • Feature local ingredients at City Dock on the waterfront, when available
  • Promote local Virginia wines, when available