THE GREENEST CONVENTION CENTERS
48 Meetings & Conventions • mcmag.com March 2018
Last month, two convention centers got good news from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward
County Convention Center was recertified,
maintaining its LEED for Existing Buildings
Gold status, thanks to a collaboration between Broward County and the facility operator, SMG.
“Since first earning LEED Gold in 2012,
our team has been steadfast in implementing and maintaining environmentally
friendly business practices, including saving water and energy, increasing recycling
and waste-diversion efforts, and conducting sustainable purchasing,” says Julia
Johnson, LEED AP+, SMG’s on-site sustainable programs manager.
Recycling at the convention center has increased from 8 percent
in 2009 to 78 percent in
2017. Its F&B department,
Savor Fort Lauderdale,
food preparation, leftover
food is donated to local food banks and
all organic waste is disposed of in an Eco-Safe Digester, resulting in almost no organic waste in landfills.
In Texas, the expansion of the Henry B.
González Convention Center in San Antonio received LEED Silver certification for
implementing practical and measurable
sustainability strategies in innovative design, sustainable site development, water
savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The new space, which opened in January 2016, added 800,000 square feet of
new construction; as part of the project,
more than 78,000 square feet of the existing building was renovated. Added to the
facility were 260,000 square feet of exhibition space and a 54,000-square-foot ballroom. ■ S.B.
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> The expansion at the San Antonio facility has been certified.