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River Star Businesses

Join the movement to do right by the river. It makes good business sense.

Businesses and industries are proudly joining and benefitting from the River Stars program of The Elizabeth River Project. 

Meet the Constellation of River Stars!

Let our technical volunteers and advisors help you develop an appropriate project and watch the benefits begin! From voluntary reduction of toxics to building or conserving wildlife habitat, we can help you make it happen.

River Star Businesses - Elizabeth River Project

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We help River Star participants carry out wildlife habitat projects and pursue "win-win" alternatives to pollution with our "can do" assistance. Our staff and advisors provide recommendations customized for your facility and your needs. We help you find resources you need whether they are grants, sources for native plants, research on pollution prevention technologies, or volunteers to help you on planting day.

Recognition is awarded once a year by peer review of documented results. We can help you document your results or you can use the application below. Documentation is due each fall, and Recognition Awards are given at  the Annual River Star Business Luncheon attended by your peers and business leaders each January.

This program is free for any facility in the Elizabeth River watershed, River Star participation is most successful where it can make the most difference - with sites presenting large opportunities to reduce toxic pollution or restore and conserve wildlife habitat. Find out if your company is right for River Stars.


Click HERE for our complete River Star Business Starter Kit.

Click HERE for criteria for recognition

Click HERE to fill out the Interest Form OR complete the form below if you are ready to get started now.

Click HERE to tell us what you have accomplished.

Click HERE to see the Inside Business special River Star report.

Click HERE to meet our 2021 River Stars!

Click HERE to meet our Hall of Fame winners!

Contact Pam Boatwright,
River Star Businesses Program Manager, Elizabeth River Project:



River Star Business Results

Since the program began in 1997, river star businesses have documented:

  • 2,377 acres of wildlife habitat created or conserved
  • 367 million pounds of pollution reduced
  • More than a billion pounds of other materials reduced and/or recycled

When Old Dominion University improved lighting, water use and HVA efficiency, including replacement of older boilers with high efficiency boilers and chillers, they saved $162,146.

Norfolk Naval Shipyard, for instance, last year discovered that replacing just two parking lot lights with LED lights will save $650,000 in electricity over the next 15 years, plus $43,000 a year in material and labor.


Receive Public Recognition for Your Important Efforts!

Through a partnership with Inside Business, each winter, a special 8-page River Star supplement highlights advancing and new River Stars in Inside Business Hampton Roads Business Journal, with a monthly readership of 72,000. To see the 2021 Inside Business River Star supplement please click HERE.

View the Past Inside Business River Star honorees here.


Start here and fill out this Interest Form