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March 18, 2020
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Make your business more sustainable by becoming a pearl Business

Local businesses are fundamental to the vitality of our beautiful city and can have a lasting impact on our local waterways. Whether your business manufactures goods, sells as a retail establishment, or provides important services to our neighbors, it impacts the health and well-being of our community. More and more residents of Virginia Beach are becoming conscious of where their money goes and how it is spent. With the many options available, consumers are seeking out businesses that reflect their values of sustainability, social awareness and environmental responsibility.

While residents, schools and faith-based communities have each started moving towards greener practices through the Pearl Homes, Pearl Schools and Pearl Faith Community programs, Lynnhaven River NOW recognizes that active engagement of the private sector is essential to truly move towards a sustainable Virginia Beach and cleaner waters. Businesses within our city are already changing how they work. Some are increasing their energy efficiency, using resources more strategically, reducing waste and pollution, and becoming more sustainable.

The businesses listed below are taking the lead in adopting a culture of sustainability and becoming better stewards of our waterways. They have been certified by Lynnhaven River NOW as Pearl Businesses and are recognized for their efforts to restore our waterways and sustain the natural beauty found throughout our city. Please use the links below to learn more about each business.

For more information, contact Vince Bowhers, Pearl Business Coordinator, vince@lrnow.org

These businesses have worked hard to achieve a Pearl Business Recognition. Put these waterway-friendly businesses to work for you!

1701- Virginia Beach Coworking Space

Dough Boys Pizza 

Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E.

Eco Maniac Company

Flint Marine Construction    

Great Outdoor Provision Company at Hilltop East

HeartStraws

Long and Foster Real Estate | Coastal Properties

L.L. Bean at Lynnhaven Mall

Matt Abbott State Farms Insurance

MSA, P.C.

The Nature Bus

Pender & Coward, P.C.

Pierre Granger State Farm 

The Runnymede Corporation

WPL

Westminster Canterbury Chesapeake Bay

Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc

Kerr Environmental Services Corp.


RESOURCES:

Businesses for the Bay

Coastal Virginia Tourism Resilience Self Assessment

Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resilency

Virginia Green  Travel


INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PEARL BUSINESS?

Adopting a culture of sustainability within your organization can improve your work environment, guide purchasing decisions and expand your bottom line. With the natural beauty found throughout our city, your customers and employees will value the steps your business takes to become a better steward of our waterways and natural resources.

Please visit our Pearl Business Program application to complete your application. Your business is considered an applicant once the application has been completed and the payment has been received. Our Pearl Business Coordinator will be in touch with you soon to help you get started.

Pearl Business Application Fee 

HOW YOU CAN HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
PEARL HOMES & NEIGHBORHOODS

PEARL HOMES are places where people care about our environment and want to do what they can to help protect our resources.

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PEARL SCHOOLS

Lynnhaven River NOW recognizes schools providing outstanding environmental education as a Pearl School.

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PEARL BUSINESSES

PEARL BUSINESSES are essential to truly move towards a more sustainable Virginia Beach and cleaner waters.

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PEARL FAITH

We all want to do our part to restore the health of all of our sacred waterways and protect them for future generations to enjoy.

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SUSTAINABLE YARDS PROGRAM

SUSTAINABLE YARDS PROGRAM: Let us help you “green” your Lynnhaven watershed home. This unique program provides specific stormwater management practices to your yard at a significantly reduced cost to you.

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