RIVER STAR BUSINESSES

Without the help of our River Star Businesses, improving the health of the Elizabeth River would be impossible. We work hard to help businesses find the grants, expertise and resources they need to reduce toxic pollution, improve flood control, and restore crucial wetlands and wildlife habitat. Facilities with significant opportunities to reduce pollution, restore or conserve habitat will benefit the most. Document voluntary results for peer review. Great for public recognition and employee morale. And Do Something Beautiful, too.

how it works

Every River Star Business enjoys:

Stellar Results Since 1997

Wildlife Habitat
+2485 acres
Pollution
-370 Million POUNDS
Waste
-1 Billion pounds

2022 Annual River Star Business Awards

Check out some of the River Star Business projects!

Norfolk Southern

NORFOLK

Norfolk Southern’s shoreline at their Lambert’s Point site was falling into the river at an alarming rate. Instead of a traditional “armoring” approach to stopping the erosion, the company built a living shoreline, which stabilizes the banks and provides vital habitat for river life. Bonus – this more natural approach was 75 percent less costly to implement! Also at this site, Norfolk Southern reclaims stormwater for use in dust suppression, saving 1.5 million gallons of city water a month.

BAE Systems

Norfolk

The inaugural River Star Hall of Fame winners have reduced millions of pounds through energy sustainability projects and installed over 300 oyster reef blocks to create an oyster reef at their site. The oysters filter the water while also providing valuable habitat on the main stem of the Elizabeth River.

Old Dominion University

Norfolk

ODU joined River Star Businesses back in 2004. Now there’s hardly a green practice that can’t be found on the campus, from rain gardens, wetland restorations and underground cisterns to building efficiencies, green roofs and extensive Earth Day celebrations. The university’s 2021 installation of a “floating wetland” on campus is just one more example of the kind of environmental stewardship that got them into the Business River Star Hall of Fame.

OUR MISSiON

To restore the Elizabeth River to the highest practical level of environmental quality through government, business and community partnerships. 

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RIVER STAR BUSINESS HALL OF FAME

RECIPIENTS

2022
Norfolk Environmental Stormwater Management
2021
Norfolk Southern Corp. - Lamberts Point
2020
Naval Station Norfolk
2019
General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk
2018
Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Portsmouth Annex
2017
Norfolk Naval Shipyard
2016
Hampton Roads Sanitation District
2015
Wheelabrator Portsmouth
2014
Old Dominion University
2013
Kinder Morgan/Elizabeth River Terminals
2012
The Port of Virginia
2011
BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair