Each year at Greenbuild, we raise the bar on our sustainability efforts. We are 4-time winners of the IMEX Green Meetings Award and last year the USGBC Conference and Events team earned certification under ISO 20121: 2012, a new standard signifying excellence in sustainable event planning and management.
Our Greenbuild sustainability efforts are based around the following seven objectives:
- Move toward a zero waste event
- Increase stakeholder education and engagement
- Improve sustainable sourcing
- Improve performance tracking
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Positively impact communities
- Catalyze the advancement of green building initiatives and sustainable operations within the hospitality industry
In 2014, we partnered with the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO) to take their waste diversion rate from a baseline of 11% to 78% during the week of Greenbuild. This 67% increase was made possible through the work of the dedicated team at MCCNO, the hand-sorting of waste in back of house areas, and key partners including Freeman and Compost Network. Check out the full 2014 Greenbuild Sustainability Report here.
Planning is already underway for Greenbuild 2015 in Washington, DC. Here are a few key focus areas for us this year:
- For several years, we have been searching for a tabletop covering material that does not contain vinyl. Through our partnership with Freeman, we tested a new vinyl-free material at the 2014 show and plan to use this new material in 2015.
- The Greenbuild Legacy Project is an urban food studio at the Capital Area Food Bank, designed to be a hands-on food growing and teaching experience for the community.
- Greenbuild offers a variety of volunteer and scholarship programs to bring new and emerging audiences into the sustainability conversation.
- Greenbuild implements an exhibitor donation program that collects leftover materials from exhibitors and brings these resources to local non-profit organizations.
We hope to see you at Greenbuild 2015 in Washington, DC!