As a teaser to our comprehensive Greenbuild Sustainability Report coming out this March, here are our Top 5 sustainability stories from Greenbuild 2016 in Los Angeles, CA.
1. 90% Waste Diversion at Convention Center
Early in 2016, the Greenbuild Waste Team set a goal diversion rate of 85% for the Greenbuild conference based on the LA Convention Center’s baseline diversion rate of 72%. This dedicated group worked for 6 months to add compost bins in the public spaces, find haulers for additional waste streams and fine-tune the back of house sorting process for all waste generated by the Greenbuild show. This group, Greenbuild volunteers and a waste sorting team from ABM and UnitedService Companies, made it possible to exceed our goal and achieve a 90% waste diversion rate.
2. Over 14,500 lbs. of Show Donations
Each year, our Exhibitor Donation Program collects leftover booth materials from Greenbuild Exhibitors. This year, exhibitors donated just over 14,500 pounds of materials. Almost 9,000 pounds of materials came from KB Homes – Hanley Wood. Hanley Wood built a model home on the show floor and chose to donate many items from the exhibit. Donations included construction materials such as doors, windows, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, countertops, a sliding glass door, and patio decking. Additionally, they donated all the appliances and décor including a washer & dryer, cook top, oven, LIVE Grow Wall with plants, rugs and books. All items were donated to local non-profits including Habitat for Humanity and T4T.org; which will repurpose the materials to support S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education programs for underserved communities in the Los Angeles region.
3. 100% Hotel Audit Participation
Each year, Greenbuild works with the Greenbuild Hotels to provide resources and education around sustainable hotel operations. This information helps hotels adhere to the mandatory sustainability contract language in Greenbuild contracts and furthers their hotel’s greening efforts. In 2016, 100% of the hotels participated in a hotel audit during the show to confirm the implementation of the greening guidelines at their property.
4. 87% Regional Food Sourcing at Convention Center
Thanks to the great efforts of the Levy team at the LA Convention Center, 56% of the food served at the convention center was sourced locally (within 100 miles) and 87% of the food was sourced regionally (within 500 miles).
5. First Year for Water Restoration Certificates
For the first time, Greenbuild will purchase water restoration certificates to balance the water used at the LA Convention Center during the conference. This was made possible through a partnership with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) and TerraPass. Attendees had the opportunity to further balance their water use by participating in the Change the Course program which restored 1,000 gallons of water to wetlands across North America each time an attendee pledged to take action to reduce their water use.