sustainable cityAs a teaser to our comprehensive Greenbuild Sustainability Report coming out this March, here are our Top 5 sustainability stories from Greenbuild 2015 in Washington, DC.

#1. 84% Waste Diversion at Convention Center 

  • Early in 2015, the Greenbuild Waste Team set a goal diversion rate of 80% for the Greenbuild conference based on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center’s baseline diversion rate of 32%. This dedicated group worked for 6 months to improve front of house bin signage, find haulers for additional waste streams and fine-tune the back dock sorting process for all waste generated by the Greenbuild show. This group, Greenbuild volunteers and a team of 15 people that spent 80 hours manually separating waste, made it possible to exceed our goal and achieve an 84% waste diversion rate.

#2. Over 7,000lbs of Show Donations

  • Each year, our Exhibitor Donation Program collects leftover booth materials from Greenbuild Exhibitors. This year, our exhibitors donated over 7,000 pounds of materials including cement blocks, carpet, insulation, floor tiles and cleaning supplies. These items were donated to local non-profits including Habitat for Humanity of Metropolitan Maryland – RESTORE. Donations also included an attendee clothing drive to support the Safeway Feast of Sharing event which was hosted by the convention center.

#3. Greenbuild Hospitality Tour

  • This year, Greenbuild hosted a “Greenbuild Behind the Scenes: Sustainable Event Tour” to showcase the show’s sustainability efforts to hospitality professionals. The 34 attendees included representatives from hotels, national associations, and international conference organizers. Attendees toured a variety of show areas including the back dock sorting area and convention center control rooms.

#4. 70% Regional Food Sourcing

  • Thanks to the great efforts of the Centerplate Team at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, led by Chef Jon Dornbusch, 33% of the food served at the convention center was sourced locally (within 100 miles) and 70% of the food was sourced regionally (within 500 miles).

#5. 100% Green-e Carbon Offsets

  • In 2014, Greenbuild became the largest US conference ever to become Green-e certified for its carbon offsets. In 2015, the Greenbuild Team remains committed to this standard. In partnership with Terrapass, the following projects will be supported by Greenbuild’s carbon offset purchase: New Beulah Landfill (Dorchester County, MD) and The Big Smile Wind Farm at Dempsey Ridge (Roger Mills and Beckham Counties, OK).

Keep your eye out for our comprehensive report of Greenbuild’s greening initiatives, coming March 2016!

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