Sustainability has always been a focus for us and has been a motivating factor in all things Rocklands. We have taken numerous steps to ensure that we proactively increase our energy efficiency to save resources, and to protect our footprint on the planet. In July of 2021, Rocklands Barbeque “went solar” in Arlington and received a significant amount of press as we were the first business in the entire state of Virginia that used a private sector financing program that helps local businesses go green. The Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program financed the project. Rocklands was very proud to be a historic first for Arlington and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Rocklands had wanted for several years to install solar panels on the roof and with the teamwork of C-PACE, Ipsun Solar, the Department of Environmental Services, and the Arlington Community Federal Credit Union, the project was completed in February 2022. John Snedden says the solar panels “will lower our utility bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which is aligned with our overall sustainability goals of reducing our carbon footprint on the environment… and the financing kept (us) from using operating funds. That’s the right thing for our business, customers, and community – a win-win-win.”
Here’s what we are doing to support a healthier future for both our customers and the planet!
WHOLE INGREDIENTS: We are committed to serving food that is wholesome, clean and contains NO: High Fructose Corn Syrup, MSG, Artificial Food Dyes, Various Chemical Additives.
FRESH FOOD: We serve meat, fish, vegetables and sides that are prepared in-house EVERYDAY, with real ingredients that taste better and are healthier for you!
QUALITY SOURCING: We source quality products that give you better nutrition, a higher value, and a lower impact on our planet.
LOCAL FARMS: Food tastes better when it’s fresh so whenever possible we source from nearby farms, use seasonal ingredients that our team slices and dices, and smokes and grills daily.
REAL WOOD: We use only real wood – so no coals with chemicals.
ENERGY CONSCIOUS: ROCKLANDS is reducing our environmental impact by focusing on energy efficiency (we do energy audits in all our stores).
MINIMAL WASTE: We recycle and compost at all our locations so that we keep trash from landfills and help create nutrient rich soil.
CONSCIOUS CONSUMPTION: Our packaging and supplies are made with materials considered more environmentally friendly.