Richmond might not be known as one of the most “green” cities in the country, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t individuals and businesses that are working to change that. As with most cities, Richmond now keeps the mind-set of sustainability and green practices at the forefront. This idea and vision is spreading fast to all areas of the city, even the historic ones.

The following is a rough list of businesses in and around Richmond that put sustainability first.

DeltaTemp Geothermal Heating & Cooling / Midlothian, VA: DeltaTemp, Premier Providers of Geothermal Heating and Cooling, has proven performance with the installation of hundreds of WaterFurnace geothermal systems throughout Virginia and continued satisfaction from our customers. DeltaTemp offers turn-key design and installation of all components for new and existing homes including units, loops, duct systems and controls. DeltaTemp is a fully licensed and insured GeoPro Master Dealer for WaterFurnace Renewable Energy based near Richmond, Virginia. Trust the knowledge of professionals with over 30 years of experience in the geothermal industry.

EarthCraft Virginia / Richmond, VA: In 1999, the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface launched EarthCraft House, a regional residential green building program designed to address the climate conditions of the Southeast. A blueprint for creating and maintaining energy- and resource-efficient living environments, the EarthCraft House program is intended for residential, light commercial and communities.

Evergreen Homecrafters / Midlothian, VA: Evergreen Homecrafters is committed to building beautiful, high quality homes that are energy efficient, environmentally friendly, healthier, and are more comfortable than standard built homes. Evergreen Homecrafters LLC is a locally based builder of custom and semi-custom homes in the Metro Richmond area. They feature homes that utilize advanced building techniques, technologies, and design to deliver a high performance, energy efficient homes to their customers.

Four Seasons Recycling + Trading / Ashland, VA: Four Season Recycling & Trading, LLC provides scrap, reuse and recycling solutions and waste reduction programs for numerous industries. They maximize recycling efforts and reduce the impact of what they discard.

Green Air, Inc. / Ashland, VA: Green Air specializes in sustainable, residential and commercial HVAC work including Geothermal installations and repairs.

James River Green Building Council / Richmond, VA: The James River Green Building Council Inspires and Promotes the Transformation to a Sustainable Built Environment in Richmond, VA. The James River Green Building Council (JRGBC) wants to create a positive impact on the region’s built environment by accelerating the adoption of green building practices, technologies, policies, and standards. They endeavor to move the green building industry forward with market-based solutions. The chapter’s membership is open and balanced and will be comprised of leaders and visionaries from all segments of the building industry, including product manufacturers, environmental organizations, building owners, building professionals, utilities, city government, research institutions, professional societies and universities. This type of representation provides a unique, integrated platform. The chapter’s growth and acceptance has grown with the following goals and strategies as a guiding framework.

Off-Grid Living Center, Inc. / Midlothian, VA: This is Richmond’s premiere store for all of your green, sustainable, or renewable products. They specialize is solar electric and solar water heating and give free estimates!

Red Salon Organics / Richmond, VA: The modern day salon is filled with tons of harmful chemicals that potentially damage more than just your hair. Red Salon is an environmentally friendly and creative salon that is dedicated to aiding the conservation and replenishment of the environment while upholding a standard of creative excellence surpassing many in their industry.

Relay Foods, Inc. / Charlottesville & Richmond, VA: Relay Foods is an online grocery store where you’ll find stuff you need from the best local stores, restaurants, and farms from right in your own neighborhood – this means local and organic! They’ve partnered with folks you already know to provide all your grocery shopping needs—from basics, to specialty foods, to local produce, to… you name it!

Urban Grid Solar / Richmond, VA: Urban Grid specializes in helping their clients meet their sustainability goals through energy management. Whether this is investing in renewable solar or wind power, building efficiency systems, or building intelligence, Urban Grid uses the latest technology to provide an outcome that is both environmentally conscious and economically competitive. In 2012, we teamed up with them to install a solar panel system on our south facing roof to helo offset our energy usage. Learn more about that project here.

Watershed Architecture / Richmond, VA: Based in Richmond, Virginia, Watershed offers a comprehensive range of integrated design services including architecture, master planning/landscape design and construction. Their practice is regionally-focused but they have also consulted on and are involved with international projects in Central America, West Africa and Haiti and their expertise covers residential, cultural, small-scale institutional and light commercial.

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